eyeheight legaliser fcpx

If you work in broadcast then you will be very familiar to having to keep an eye on video levels. Nobody loves a rejected master. Eyejeight has just announced the availability of a plugin legaliser to make sure your whites aren't too white. 

If the headline sounds a bit family, it is, we first announced that Eyeheight were going to release a suite of compliance applications back at IBC 2013. They took a bit of tracking down at the RAI, located on the end of one of the bridges. They got quite exited when we showed them how to use an adjustment layer for a 'one hit' plugin legaliser application.

This year they are much more upfront by announcing the product before IBC kicks off at the end of the week. (Should you want to go checkout the plugin they are in Hall 8 stand B97)

BroadcastSafeFCPX is a £395 plugin that works in both Final Cut Pro X and (should you want it) in Motion too.

We have been exporting quite a few broadcast masters out over the summer and we have to say that the built-in broadcast safe isn't our favourite. Not only does it drop the overall level without the option of a specular highlight 'haircut,' it also changes the hue of bright colours. We have seen bright yellows turn to greens. 

So when the Eyeheight press release crossed our desk we were quite excited to learn more, especially when we read their statement on Apple and FCPX!

'File conformance is something many editors leave their equipment working on while the move to other tasks. Conforming a 30 minute programme on a relatively low-specification computer can take as long as two hours which can be frustrating if a client is pressing for early delivery. Apple has made Final Cut Pro X a very popular editing package by making full use of the hardware-accelerated graphics processing in the latest Mac Pro. The BroadcastSafeFCPX plug-in Eyeheight is introducing at IBC2014 in Amsterdam allows legalisation to performed in real time or even faster. Apple is currently ahead of it competitors in this respect which gives Final Cut Pro X a significant edge. Eyeheight hopes to extend this advantage to other editing packages as the potential of hardware-accelerated graphics is more widely implemented. 

Eyeheight's BroadcastSafe is a plug-in video legaliser which enables editors to verify and conform content prior to submission to any file-based quality control system. It can be used to perform composite, RGB, RGB-plus-Y and simultaneous composite-plus-RGB legalising, all with operator-adjustable soft clipping at high and low thresholds. Precise chroma-space conversion and accurate limiting ensure compliance while keeping the full gamut available for creative use. 

Editors can select from an extensive range of presets, or work in custom mode which gives full access to 15 configurable parameters. Facility administrators can assign which built-in presets are available to users, create new presets or disable the custom option to ensure that only approved configurations are implemented.'

There are three different types of licence modes:

HL licencing - (£395) BroadcastSafeFCX is locked to a USB hardware licence key. This mode is ideal for users who use a MacBook for field work and a Mac Pro for non-field editing.

NL licencing -  Multiple instances of BroadcastSafeFCX are locked via floating network licences to a USB hardware licence key installed on a networked licence server. Contact Eyeheight for pricing

SL licencing -  BroadcastSafeFCX is locked to a particular computer with a software key file. This involves no external hardware but means that the license is not transferrable from computer to computer.


Will the price point be attractive to FCPX editors?, the plugin will produce a master that will pass broadcaster video tests and in comparison the cost of resubmitting a file won't be a cheap operation.. Loudness and Harding tests are something that we will look at soon.


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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.

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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.


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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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