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From editing broadcast sports for transmission through to assembling your child's local league matches & sports, this $49 kit of Sports Graphics from Idustrial Revolution adds that professional look.

Idustrial Revolutuon has just released a $49 set of plugins for Final Cut Pro X called XEffects Sports Graphics that consist of a kit of parts in graphics to help with the editing of sports.

The built-in templates in FCPX might be ok for the occasional lower third, but there isn't anything comprehensive enough to give a sports or competition programme/YouTube clip an overall look.

The collection was put together by a broadcast sports graphic designer and a lot of thought has gone into supplying the right graphics and templates.

The plugins are very flexible too. All the templates feature 6 built in colour palettes or the user can pick their own colour selections to match a broadcast identity, corporate colours or a local club team strip. There are Build-In and Build-Outs on every design for animation, or turn them off for cut to cut overlays.

All the text can be entered from onscreen and the inspector gives fine control over things like kerning. You are not locked into a set number of items in a table, if there are five teams in your league, the template can have the blank rows hidden and then the whole thing centered. A nice touch is the ability to add team badges.

The promotional video was built in 4K, so make sure you go fullscreen for the full effect! 


- Six preset colour palettes in every template or choose your own
- Use any font, any colour, any size
- Build In & Build Out animations on every template or toggle off for cuts & dissolves
- Many display options and positioning on every template
- Drop Zones for team badges and photos
- Layer up titles for 'Change ons'
- Loopable background & two wipes included
- 4K Ready

As the plugin is distributed via FxFactory, there is a free watermarked trial for you to try out the plugins yourself.

One thing the pack doesn't have is a time counter. This is because Motion cannot offer a reliable way of building a counter plugin that works correctly in FCPX. If one becomes available in an update, Industrial Revolution will be the first to use it in this pack!



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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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