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You might have noticed a few changes around here. We have updated the website with a new look and added new functionality for the new year.

Back in 2010 when the website was first published, we didn’t know that it would grow into a resource that over a million people a year come to visit. We also didn’t know that we would have to keep upgrading the servers to cope with the terabyte of traffic a month!

Since the beginning we have been limping on with an old template that had many hacks just to keep it going. So we thought that to start 2017 we would give the site a very new, but still familiar look.

So welcome to FCP.co 2017!

A few things you might notice straight away (Apart from blockquotes working the way they should!)

The new clean look is built with a responsive template. Hopefully phone and tablet readers will have a better experience.

We have put the ‘Community Page’ on hold. It wasn’t getting much traffic and it also shuts down a potential outlet for spammers. We haven’t deleted anything and we hope to bring it back in the future.

Yes we have new adverts to pay the bills. These are now Google friendly sizes which helps a lot with advertisers now supplying standard creatives.

Finally, we haven’t finished tweaking the website.

You will spot that a few things are still not right, like the colour of the text headline in the box on the left. Some of the menus don't go to the right place in time either. Updating a resource of this size with some 2,000+ articles isn’t an easy job as you can imagine, so we are sure you might find the odd formatting issue scattered throughout the site - especially on our busy Forum!

With a dark template, it is hard to get the right balance between legibility and an attractive palette of colours for all the sections. We are still finalising colours and some tweaks are buried deep inside template code, so it will take a while to get it right with the actual website data.

 So enjoy the new year and the new look of FCP.co.!

 

 


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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.

FCP.co

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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