Producers best friend fcpx

One of the advantages of FCPX being built using databases is the fact that other apps can easily get access to the data. That's exactly what the new application Producer's Best Friend from Assisted Editing does when loading timeline or event information into Excel.

Producer's Best Friend is a new $99 application from the guys at Assisted Editing/Intelligent Assistance that takes FCPX timeline or event data and generates customisable reports in an Excel spreadsheet format.

It sparked our interest right away as it is billed as 'Editors: Learn how to get home earlier!' and for the bean counters 'Producers: Learn how to save your valuable time on production!' Although they maybe should have included Production Assistants in that too as we are forever having to stop editing to supply music return details to be filed at the broadcaster.

So what gets reported in the spreadsheet?

'Producer’s Best Friend creates an Excel spreadsheet report about the video clips, audio clips, markers, keywords, effects and transitions you've used in Final Cut Pro X (10.0.6 or later). Producer’s Best Friend reports on Clips in an Event, Compound Clip or Project. The report includes sheets for:'

  • Summary
  • Clips
  • Roles and Subroles
  • Markers
  • Keywords,
  • Video Effects
  • Audio Effects
  • Transitions


Producers best friend fcpx GUI

Producers best friend fcpx report

A list of the reports and example spreadsheet images are available here. We think this is one app that you will find more uses for the more you use it. With the ability to create custom roles and subroles, this app could prove to be very clever in building automatic music usage details for each music library used in the edit. This could of course just as easily transfer to stock footage library usage as well.

Unfortunately no demo video and no free trial (maybe a LACPUG video at a later date), but it is pretty obvious what this handy app does and the benefits it could bring to production. One fly in the ointment, it looks like compound clips have to be reported individually at the moment.

We can see many uses for this app 'straight out of the box' and it only confirms to us that FCPX has been built looking to the future so that other third party developers can write cool applications like Producer's Best Friend. 

Take a look at the Producer's Best Friend PDF help manual. 



Written by
Top BloggerThought Leader

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!


Log in to comment