Intelligent Assistance has released a new workflow extension for Final Cut Pro that allows editors to read documents without leaving the app.

Do you have the problem of trying to read a script onscreen at the same time as trying to edit on Final Cut Pro? The new workflow extension from Philip and Greg at Intelligent Assistance might just be able to help.

'Reading is Fundamental!' is a $4.99 app that floats on top of the FCP GUI allowing the user to read a document and edit video at the same time. No toggling between apps or moving windows out of the way.

Documents supported are -

  • PDF
  • Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Pages
  • Excel (.xls and xlsx)
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx)
  • Comma Separated Variables (CSV)
  • Rich Test Format (.rtf and .rtfd)
  • Plain Text

reading is fundamental 2RIF displaying an RTF document


You can also have more than one document open at a time. It's also really easy to download from the Mac App Store and install.

We love the fact that a small developer can come up with a really useful tool that helps in an edit. Philip said the idea for the app came from an edit session of his where he was constantly having to look up timecode from an Excel document.

reading is fundamental 3RIF displaying an Excel spreadsheet

Last year I partnered with Philip and Greg to release the popular 'Creator's Best Friend' workflow extension that translates FCP chapters into YouTube chapter timestamps. The idea for that also came from the hassle of manually transferring the codes over.




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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 

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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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JoeEditor's Avatar
JoeEditor replied the topic: #117822 06 Dec 2021 20:48
That is really handy!
MojoFix's Avatar
MojoFix replied the topic: #117858 08 Dec 2021 14:16
This is a Read Only App. You cannot cut/paste from an Excel document for instance.
Nice alternative to screen-shotting email notes and certainly useful.
Albo's Avatar
Albo replied the topic: #117867 08 Dec 2021 16:48
Nice but we would need to copy if needed.
With two monitors I just use my second one to red, cut and paste.