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Mobile Creator


So how can you ingest 40 hours of XDCAM material and have it all logged into FCP bins in 2 hours? With Sony's new XMPilot app for iOS or Android, you do the hard work on the shoot.

Sony had their large press conference this morning at IBC and they admit to having a rough year with the tsunami, riots and earthquakes all affecting production. Both plants in Sendai are now back online producing media.

The new F65 was the main news priced at $38,00 or €75,000 for a kit that includes media storage etc. There was other 4k related news as well as Sony's OB Truck building and integration for broadcasters using their Media Backbone. There was some FCPX news in there but we are seeking clarification and permission to publish it.

What woke us up though was XMPilot, an iOS or Android app that a director or production assistant can use on location to log media whilst it is being shot. Most XDCAM cameras will accept the wifi unit that attaches to the back of the camera that transmits the data to and from the handheld device.



The user of the app (which will be available on the App Store in a couple of weeks) gets a real time video stream on the iPad and then logs the clip with predefined buttons such as good take, bad take, PTC and so on. When the material is brought to FCP for ingest, all that information is kept and put into a bin structure so that the editor can start editing without having to log. Assistant editors over the world should be excited and maybe worried that their job will dissapear!


We can see this being a great timesaver. Sony gave the example of XMPilot being used on 'Escape to the Country,' a BBC programme that is shot on XDCAM. 40 hours worth of material was ingested into the Final Cut Pro suite in just 2 hours, all nicely logged into bins for the editor.

The app is a free download for all Sony Xperia customers so hopefully the app will be free for iOS users too. No news if the metadata will transfer with ingest into FCPX, but Sony say they are looking at all opportunities.

"XMPilot is an advanced metadata workflow solution designed to significantly improve and speed up the overall XDCAM production workflow, targeting the broadcast, production and media markets. It is a combination of software and hardware for in-house and in-field applications, with added connectivity via mobile devices such as smartphones and touch tablets.
XMPilot is compatible with most XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, including the hugely successful PMW-500. With XMPilot, users can create planning metadata in advance, and have the flexibility to transfer this metadata to a camcorder remotely via email and Wi-Fi, as well as directly via USB or file-copying onto a recording media. Live logging and post-shoot logging with mobile devices, such as smartphones and touch tablets, enables further enrichment of the metadata with EssenceMark™ and comments, eliminating paper-based logging, boosting workflow efficiency and reducing production costs. And XMPilot’s auto-ingest feature will push the time and resource savings even further at the ingest and editing stages, cutting down a typical 2-day clip logging job to only 2 hours!
Planning Metadata
With XMPilot, users can create planning metadata with the XMPilot Planner in advance and have the flexibility to transfer this metadata to a camcorder remotely via email and Wi-Fi, as well as directly via USB or file-copying onto a recording media.
Live viewing and live logging
The XMPilot Tool running on mobile devices, such as smartphones and touch tablets, enables live logging and post-shoot logging against the timecode, enriching the original planning metadata with EssenceMark™ and comments. This eliminates paper-based logging, manual data entry and typing errors, boosting workflow efficiency and reducing production costs.
The XMPilot live viewing option allows XMPilot users to select a target camcorder (with XMPilotTool GUI) and view live stream recording whilst away from the shooting set.
Auto-ingest features
XMPilot Import Utility’s auto-ingest feature allows users to automatically name and transfer clips to the right storage locations inside a non-linear editor, complimenting XMPilot metadata management and significantly speeding up the ingest and editing stages of the overall XDCAM workflow.
The new version of the XDCAM Browser V2.0 with enhanced live operation support and Planning Metadata creation/editing/transfer functions, as well as the new optional Advanced Pack for XDCAM Browser will be released in November 2011.
The Advanced Pack will include Acquisition Metadata Display and Print Clip Information functionalities.
Smart mobile devices support
XMPilot planning metadata transfer, live viewing and live logging can be carried out with mobile devices such as smartphones and touch tablets.
Sony Europe is working in close collaboration with Sony Ericsson in a true “Sony United” spirit to offer a Sony mobile device for XMPilot. XMPilot customers can use the new Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Android smartphone for planning metadata transfer, live viewing and live logging. From October 2011, the XMPilot Xperia application is available for download on free-of-charge basis to all Xperia customers. Sony Ericsson is also planning to provide support for the XMPilot application for the Sony Tablet users.
As Audio Visual technology continues to blend in with IT, the XMPilot is a perfect example of Sony bringing innovative technology to the market, so users can exploit this change seamlessly, while reaffirming its position as the leading expert in delivering world-class efficient production solutions."

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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