Upgrades to all the Pro Video Apps today. No new features, just stability improvements.

This one caught us slightly off guard! Today Apple updated all of its Pro Video Applications and iMovie. We had the previous update only last month, June 17th.

Final Cut Pro gets updated to 10.5.4, Motion to 5.5.3, Compressor to 4.5.4 and we can't forget iMovie that got updated to 10.2.5.

No new features for any of the apps, just an across the board bug fix - "Improving stability when exporting with certain macOS Language & Region preferences'. With 'Improves stability when playing H264 or HEVC media' for Final Cut Pro and Motion and 'Fixes an issue where a layer type could not be set when burning a DVD or Blu-ray' for Compressor.

Whilst we always welcome updates, let's hope the next is a large feature-rich one! These updates haven't even made it on to the release note web pages that Apple publishes.

As always, we recommend that you don't update if you are in the middle of a critical project and zipping up the old versions and saving them is always a good idea.




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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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sconnor99 replied the topic: #115411 12 Jul 2021 20:12
A large, feature rich upgrade would be great, or even Apple telling us that a large feature rich upgrade is on the way. I'm starting to lose faith that it will ever happen
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VTC replied the topic: #115412 12 Jul 2021 22:17

I'm starting to lose faith that it will ever happen

Resolve kicks serious NLE butt with their updates while Apple focuses on the size of the dot above the 'i' when creating subtitles.