hamburg pro media

In rather a shock move to us, Hamburg PRO Media has withdrawn its FCPX products from sale. Why? Have they been bought and if so, who would buy them?

If you haven't come across Hamburg PRO Media before, they are a company that specialises in producing products that allow NLEs to work with MXF media. 

We came across a tweet from Neil Anderson at NMR.com saying that he had a heard a rumour that the company had been acquired.

hamburg pro media tweet


Noting odd about a company being bought, except the fact that their products for FCP are 'temporarily not available.' 

So what has happened? We have seen other companies with FCPX products shut down or retract products overnight. A couple of obvious examples here being Automatic Duck that got caught in Adobe's net or Irudis who just stopped their interest in the FCPX plugin market.

Who might have bought them?

Apple might seem an obvious choice, bundling or incorporating their AS-11suite of tools for broadcast delivery would make sense as FCPX is making large inroads into UK broadcast editing. 

Adobe could buy them, again for the AS-11 tools (which we have heard are super easy to use and greatly reduce the amount of 'compliance') and this could be a defensive move by them to try and stifle FCPX's broadcast growth.

We will discount Avid and Lightworks as we don't think it's something that would fit their products and future expansion plans. Their Avid products are still available to buy online. 

Which leaves Blackmagic Design. Could Grant Petty have snapped up Hamburg PRO Media to give extra grunt to the media handling abilities of DaVinci Resolve? He has a past history of buying up technology and it would make a cracking headline for IBC.

No doubt a press release from any of the above or even somebody we haven't thought about (Tools on Air? Softron?) will appear soon and all will be clear. We did try to contact HPM for more information, but we haven't heard back. As always if you have more information then we would love you to post below.

Watch this space!


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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.

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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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