*** Updated 23rd February with news of a fix from Matrox ***

We do let our editor out every now and then on paying freelance jobs, he does need to see daylight once a month! This weekend he was working for the BBC and came across an output level mismatch with the Matrox MXO2 and Final Cut Pro.

We got an email today direct from Matrox explaining that this audio bug will be fixed in a driver update on the 15th of March. The control panel will offer a choice of output levels. We love our MXO2 here so this is good news and thank you to Matrox for the speedy fix!

What is the first thing our boss does on an outside broadcast? Get a cup of tea. OK, second thing? Lineup. Bars and tone go down on the timeline at -18dB and that should correspond nicely with 4 on a PPM meter. Not this weekend though. 

The meters actually read 5 which in UK sound level terms indicates a mismatch of +4dB between the FCP and PPM meters. This means that to get accurate broadcast levels before a file transfer (this time to an EVS) the output fader has to be set back 4dB to monitor/edit and then reset to 0. A pain especially when an edit is under time pressure.

It just happened that on that job, two suites were working side by side and the second suite also was using an MXO2 for capture & monitoring. They also had the same level mismatch. Are we right in saying that there seems to be no level adjustment in the MXO2 control panel?

Could this be a disparity between the US & UK audio levels? Surely somebody has spotted this earlier. We do love the MXO2 here and this little problem unfortunately removes the normal seamless operation expected.

We have sent an email to the MXO2 product manager so hopefully we will get a reply and we'll keep you informed of any news on the matter.

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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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