Big fat fcpx update

So much news in under a week. Within a thirty minute window starting at 8:30 GMT on Thursday the 19th of December, Apple updated FCPX, Motion & Compressor and also released the new Mac Pro to the world.

Where were you when the 10.1 update happened? We were in a coffee shop just about to see the new Mac Pro play back 16 angles of RED 4K footage in a multicam clip. It has been chaotic ever since. We thought that we would put together a roundup of the best news and information about the much awaited Final Cut Pro X update. 

Before we start, Apple also published numerous Knowledge Base articles, White Papers and new Help Pages on the 19th which are worth reading. If you get bored over Christmas, this list should keep you going!

Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1 release notes

What’s new in Final Cut Pro 10.1?

How to back up important Final Cut Pro X 10.0.x files before updating

Update your projects and events to Final Cut Pro 10.1

Updating and working with libraries FAQ (Especially good)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Troubleshooting basics

Managing Media with Final Cut Pro X Libraries

Final Cut Pro X: Frequently Asked Question (Updated) 

How to remove and reinstall Final Cut Pro X

Adding a destination to Share 4K to YouTube 

Final Cut Pro X User Guide (Updated)

Mac computers capable of viewing 4K resolution via HDMI


Motion version 5.1 release notes

Motion 5.1 User Guide


Compressor 4.1 User Guide

Transitioning to Compressor 4.1

Enabling additional Compressor Instances

Compressor 4.1: Troubleshooting Distributed Processing

Compressor 4.1: Opens to a gray window


New Mac Pro Using Multiple Displays

Using 4K Ultra HD TVs with Mac computers


On to compatibility and there has been a surprisingly low amount of posts and comments about the update breaking things. 

Sony's 1.2 driver for SxS cards and XDCAM/XDCAM EX format now shows support for FCP 10.1

Red Giant are reporting that Mojo and Bulletproof 'are looking good' but Plural Eyes 3 and Magic Bullet Looks may be affected.

Simon at MotionVFX has reported a problem with templates that use the Wriggle/Rotation behaviour.

(lets us know if there are any other problems and we will add then to the list)


On to training and as you would expect, all the usual suspects (and more) have updated their training to reflect the 10.1 update.

Ripple Training have a brand new set of 10.1 tutorials, a whopping 42 individual lessons totalling 6 hours. Apple Pro Video Series - Final Cut Pro X - Third Edition sells for $49 from the Ripple website.

'Unlike many training companies that "patch" their tutorials with a mix of old and new UI components, team Ripple built the entire tutorial using Final Cut Pro 10.1 and included a full hour of additional training material not included in the previous editions. 
Whether you are new to digital video editing or transitioning from another editing application, our goal is to give you a solid foundation from which to build your visual storytelling skills.'

They have also published 3 free tutorials on upgrading to Final Cut 10.1  -  We have put them all into a playlist


They have also published seven videos on specific features in excerpts from the training, we have also put those into a playlist.


FCP veteran Larry Jordan has also gone back to the drawing board and completely redone his FCPX training videos. He markets his $99 Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Workflow & Editing series as 'The best and most complete video training covering Final Cut Pro X'

We have put together 15 of his free video extracts from his training into a playlist.


Legacy FCP designer Micheal Wohl has produced a new 10.1 training course through MacProVideo. 9 individual modules work out at $19.50 each or the whole course comes in discounted down to $87.85.

We have put together his demo videos into a playlist as well. (There's a lot of them)


So there you go, a big fat list of items from the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 update. All that's left is for us to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be back with more Mac Pro results post turkey....



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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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