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Just in:  **Apple to present at the first FCP eXchange**

FCPWORKS and FCP.co are proud to announce the first in a set of workshops aimed at the Final Cut Pro X editor. The first one is in October in Los Angeles, so sign up now!

Following on from the recent FCP EXPO in Amsterdam, FCPWORKS decided that the FCPX community needed a more regular meet up than just at the two annual trade shows.

So FCP eXchange was born and we are very proud to be partnering with FCPWORKS to get the FCPX community more involved and share workflow practices, tips, tricks and the odd anecdote thrown in too.

The first free event will happen at AbelCine in Los Angeles on Saturday 24th of October from 11am to 4pm. Although it is free, space will be limited, so make sure of your place by registering on the FCP eXchange site.

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Sam Mestman describing the Focus workflow at the recent FCP EXPO in Amsterdam during IBC 2015.


“We’ve had a great time putting together our workflow and case study events in Los Angeles as well as at NAB and most recently IBC with FCP EXPO,” says Sam Mestman, FCPWORKS’ Chief Workflow Architect. “FCP eXchange seemed like a natural opportunity to continue that outreach with a regular series in Los Angeles.

There’s still an ongoing perception that Final Cut Pro X isn’t suitable for features, documentaries and other large-scale projects. We’ve been chipping away at that myth for years now. This is another chance to demonstrate what’s been accomplished so far with completed projects like “Focus" and the recent A&E documentary, "O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes" and what’s still to come."

We’re also excited to collaborate with FCP.co We’ve worked together on breaking a lot of different workflows and case studies for a while now. Moving that connection forward into live events, where we can share our experiences with fellow filmmakers and professionals feels like the next logical step. These are still relatively early days for Final Cut Pro X and we’re all very excited to tell the next chapters of this evolving story. It’s going to be a blast.


Apple are to present at the first FCP eXchange: 

Apple Product Marketing will give a presentation highlighting the features in Final Cut Pro 10.2 and how the app is being used in Hollywood and beyond.


 Other speakers already confirmed are:

Marc Bach

Marc Bach is the lead Editor and Colorist at DIRECTV’s Original Content Network, Audience, based in Los Angeles.

As an early adopter of FCPX, Marc was instrumental in building DIRECTV’s 4k post production workflow for all original content. Marc has worked on scripted, documentary and large scale multicam productions. He also runs Interfacelab, a full service post facility.



Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman designs workflows for FCPWORKS and has worked with FCP X since its inception.

Sam’s also a regular writer for FCP.co and MovieMaker Magazine, teaches post workflow at RED’s REDucation classes, and is the founder and CEO of We Make Movies, a film collective in Los Angeles and Toronto which is dedicated to making the movie industry not suck. If you’ve got any FCP X questions or need some help putting together a system you can find Sam on Facebook or Twitter at @FCPWORKS.


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Mike Matzdorff is a writer, director, editor, assistant editor and has composed the score for one indie film and a stage play. He has spent over 20 years in editing rooms of feature films and Emmy winning television shows, including, Fight Club, Analyze This, Last Comic Standing and Monk.

He recently finished, as first assistant editor, FOCUS the first major film edited on Apple’s Final Cut X software and is the author of “Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow,” a book on the experience loaded with real world tips, tricks, and proven workflow techniques.


So should you be in the Los Angeles area on the 24th of October, make sure you register for this event. Hopefully it is the start of regular FCPX based meetings.



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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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