4k Youtube export

When Stephen Gray got in contact with us saying he had edited a short test film in RED 4K on Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and uploaded it to YouTube in 4K, we were impressed. FCP 10.1 was less than 24 hours old!

The first thing we did when Stephen At First Sight Films sent us the link was to go fullscreen to watch the video. The pictures are great and the graphics are pin-sharp at that huge resolution. Take a look on the largest monitor you can find:


We will let Stephen take up the story:

Our team was pretty thrilled hearing about all the latest features in this major update by Apple in Final Cut Pro X. Vertical Online had already shared some of their stories on YouTube viewable in full 4K (featured on FCP.CO here). We wanted to quickly test the workflow beginning with a new project, edit, colour and mix the film in the 10.1 version of FCPX and publish directly to YouTube in 4K.

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Beautiful Banff, Alberta

We had just finished filming a story out in wonderful Banff, Alberta and thought this would be the perfect project to test some unused footage with. I decided to test this edit on a mobile set up using only a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro since Apple had boasted a massive performance update.

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Initial editing was butter smooth. I experienced no delay editing raw r3d files, where as before working on the laptop I would experience dropped frames fairly often. It was only when I started stabilizing clips and adding colour correction when I noticed delays in performance. But that’s fairly understandable. It’s no Mac Pro and I was comfortable making adjustments then waiting for that clip to render to preview.

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Apple introduced a few more options for Stabilization, one being InertiaCam which worked better on tracking shots. In this clip (which I was hand holding out the sunroof of an SUV), I found it stabilized some of the shot incredibly and others with fairly noticeable errors. The tree jumps around at the top of the frame quite a bit in this shot.

In other clips which were mostly either handheld or filmed with a monopod, stabilization worked really well. Much better than previous version of Final Cut Pro X.

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Exporting to 4K

Exporting directly to YouTube and Vimeo has worked out beautifully within FCPX in previous versions. With this update, we wanted to test an export directly to YouTube in 4K. Unfortunately, we were only able to find an option to upload in 1080P as the highest resolution using the native YouTube export option.



So in additional compressor settings, Apple has included a Youtube/Vimeo streaming compression option for 4K content in their compressor default Video Sharing Services settings, so at least exporting and manually uploading the file is an option.



So, the next big avenue in content distribution is already happening with companies like Apple, Netflix and YouTube enabling content creators to publish content in UHD while also having a platform for people to view.

Final Cut Pro 10.1 is ready.



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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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