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We had the pleasure of attending the Special Event on the Apple Campus and we were not disappointed. We also got to test out the Touch Bar with Final Cut Pro X!

A rainy day in Cupertino and we attended the Special Event on the Apple Campus.

Tim Cook got up to speak and told us a lot about iPhone and Apple TV which you can watch on the Special Event video. (Might take a while to get posted)

However, we were there for new hardware and a possible update to Final Cut Pro X. Philip Schiller took over the presentation.

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There were oohs and ahhs when the new Mac Book Pro was unveiled. Just after the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the first Apple notebook, the new model is a mind boggling 6.8 million times faster than the original!



Speed bumps quoted were a 57% editing performance boost on the 15 inch against the previous model and a 76% increase on the 13 inch model.

Full details can vie found on the Apple Press Release. Orders are being taken now, expect 2-3 weeks for delivery. Yes we would very much like to have one.

But things really kicked in when the new Touch Bar was shown. And yes, we saw our first glimpse of the new flat GUI of Final Cut Pro X 10.3. The Touch Bar is a touch sensitive strip above the keyboard - it will accept 10 different touch points at a time (or fingers!)

The content on the bar changes depending on the app running. We saw it demoed with FCPX, Photoshop and a very cool DJ performance.


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Yes you can get the whole FCPX timeline in the Touch Bar and the icons change depending on what is selected. 


Quite strangely though, there was no mention in the Keynote that 10.3 had appeared on the Apple website!

We quickly departed the Town Hall to get our hands on the toolbar and we were not disappointed.

First thing to notice is that there are buttons on the Touch Bar for audio fades!

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Plus a new button for toggling clip connections on/off

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Can we use the words 'Game Changer' here? We think so as this will add a lot of functionality to FCPX. The scrolling is very smooth on the Touch Bar. Double clicking goes to the point on the timeline you touch.


We can see a lot of people going full screen to assemble edit, navigating by using the Touch Bar. In the Keynote, it was mentioned that DaVinci Resolve and Affinity Designer will support the Touch Bar. Coloured sliders for colour grading perhaps?

Also a bit of heartache as we know that we would love to see this toolbar in a new keyboard from Apple. 

So overall, we are impressed. No mention of a Mac Pro or iMac update.

More happening later today and of course the FCPX Creative Summit starts this afternoon!




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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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