light iron live play

Following on from the BulletProof DIT & workflow tool from yesterday, we were interested to see the $9.99 iPad app Live Play from Light Iron in action. Yes it's metadata time!

We love discovering new ways in which third parties extend the functionality of Final Cut Pro X, so we were very interested to find these new videos from Light Iron.

Branded as 'Video assist gets personal' there is no doubting this app's usefulness as it has already been used on The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall, Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and more. Granted, the producers probably didn't post produce those on FCPX.

So what is Live Play? It is a $9.99 iPad application that receives streamed media from the free Light Iron Server. 


The files first need to be encoded into H.264 and then they reside on the Light Iron Server for streaming. After that it's up to you to go through the media on the iPad adding the metadata.

The app & server have been produced as low cost add-ons for Light Iron's DIT mobile setups, but there's no reason why the combination can't be used on its own. Just think how useful being able to access any take from any scene on set via an iPad would be.

So what happens if you have two directors viewing the footage and making separate comments? Michael has published a video that shows how FCPX's search can filter the clips, again using metadata.


We are interested in using FCPX for post production so the job of a DIT and the workflow isn't something that we come across every day. What we did come across was this rather superbly orchestrated walkthrough from Light Iron showing their products in action. 




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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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