I'm sat at the airport waiting for a plane out of San Francisco, so this gives me time to reflect on the 2019 FCPX Creative Summit. What was it like and was it worth it?

If you have never been to one of the annual FCPX Creative Summits, then let's call it THE FCPX event of the year. Held over three days in Cupertino, California, it is a smorgasbord of presentations from leading trainers & editors, mixed in with a visit to Apple and of course an opportunity to meet fellow FCPX folk.

The Summit isn't cheap, especially when there is international air travel involved. So was it worth it?

The answer is yes.

I didn't attend the 2018 Summit, as the BBC decided to handcuff me to the edit desk for those dates. The initial impression was the 2019 event looked busier than the 2017 version.

There were two presentation rooms instead of three, avoiding the awkward walk through the bar to get to the third. All the presentations I went to were extremely well attended. No more slipping in at the back and sitting down. If you were late, it was standing room only.

Also the sessions were shorter, down to a very manageable 45 minutes each, which meant the presentations benefited from being distilled to better attention spans.  

There were some cracking presentations too and both keynote presentations were excellent.

Steven Moyer talked about being the assistant editor on The Banker, a film acquired by Apple featuring Samuel L Jackson. (More on that in a few weeks here on FCP.co!)

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Joshua Meyers talked about his career and the editing of the documentary The Pursuit. Jeff Greenberg was at film school with Josh and their joint sense of humour ran through many stories about their careers. That included Josh being shamed on talkback by an executive producer saying one of his pieces was the worst thing he had ever seen!

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I tried to attend as many as possible, the quality of the presentations really seemed to be up from two years ago. (Maybe because it was yours truly wasn't presenting!)

Sam Mestman had the staff bringing in extra chairs to accommodate everyone who came to listen about video production with iOS devices.

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Lee Herbet's talk on HDR was full of information, yes the guy shoots 8K ProRes RAW! He also brings Tim Tams with him to share out! :)

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The tip show was a lot of fun as usual. 

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Of course no article about the Summit would be complete without a report on the visit to the Apple Campus and the Q&A answer session the next day

However, both were under NDA which means as much as we would love to share, we can't. We can mention that we had a presentation from one of the architects of Apple Park. All very impressive, although it would have been nice to go in.

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Highlights? There we many.

There are always things to learn and picking up tips and tricks on software that you know well is a bonus. A five second tip can save time and change workflows.

Steve Martin nearly falling off his chair laughing when Lee Herbet tried to demo the unknown ‘Dupe Detection’ feature in the Timeline Index had us nearly falling off our chairs laughing!

Visiting the Apple Park visitor centre was good, although after having a personal shopper take me on a tour of all the unique T-shirt's, it was disappointing to find out after 15 minutes that they didn't have my size.

There are many good places to eat around the Juniper Hotel, but the best meal was the ‘all you can eat’ Korean Barbeque on the first night. Some colleagues took the menu as a challenge!

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But the main highlight was the opportunity to mix with like-minded FCPX editors.

That is worth the admission price alone. Pencil it in for next year.

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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

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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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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.

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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. 

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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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