Do all the old versions of Final Cut with manuals really add up to 17kg? The dumping of the boxes got us thinking though, what should we do to prepare for FCPX?

We will be there downloading FCPX on the day it gets released in June, but what can we do beforehand to make life easier?

1) Finish stuff off

It is our guess that FCP7 and FCPX might be able to live on the same hard drive. Just in case of problems though this is the ideal time to finish off any FCP7 project that you've had hanging around. Updating your showreel or editing that family party video, now is your chance to clear the decks.

2) A fresh install of Snow Leopard

Now is the ideal time to do a complete wipe of your hard disk and reload the operating system. You don't want any piece of odd or trial software standing in the way of FCPX using all the machine's resources. Do all the updates necessary.  Make sure you do the next steps first though.

3) Backup your hard drive

By this we don't just mean using Time Machine. Make a complete clone of the drive using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. If anything goes wrong, you can always get your machine back working in its original state.

4) Make a list of all installed software & log serial numbers

We know it sounds obvious, but you have probably amassed a library of third party software and plugins for Final Cut Pro. Make a list and find all the serial numbers.

5) Find the URLs of all the new installers

You will want to install the latest versions of plugins, add-ons and even simple things that you might not have updated like the drivers for a Wacom tablet. (At this point we don't know what or if anything works with FCPX). Find the URL's to the latest drivers/installers and store them in one Text Edit document. Better still make a folder on your backup disk of all the installers.

6) Copy other libraries

In your rush to reformat your hard drive, don't forget that you will wipe your iTunes and iPhoto libraries. Back them up to another drive.

7) Install more disks in your MacPro

If you edit on a MacPro and have an empty caddy in the machine, rather than reformat your boot drive, install a fresh copy of Snow Leopard on a new disk. When FCPX is released, install that on the new drive then you'll be able to have two working systems to choose from.

If you have a second spare slot then buy another drive to do exactly the same thing but install Lion when it is released. If you are a working editor, you cannot afford to have a machine that you can't edit on.

8) Check you can purchase software through the Mac App store.

Make sure you have updated your system software so that you can access the Mac App store via the OS. It should be the third item in the dropdown menu from the Apple logo in the menu bar. Have you got an Apple ID? Is your credit card valid?

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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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