It will be the last because from tonight when the 'new' FCP is demoed at the SuperMeet, FCP7 will named the 'old' Final Cut Pro. Tonight will be a watershed...

We have waited for this day ever since Larry Jordan's jaw dropped, actually if that is the type of reaction the 'new' FCP triggers then I'd gaffer tape yours up because tonight will be special.

Let's forget the rights and wrongs of how the SuperMeet changed and concentrate on possibly Final Cut Pro's biggest day since its release.

We are not here to give you a laundry list of the new features expected in FCP8, FCPx, Final Cut Extreme or whatever it may be called. (Actually we are hoping they keep it Final Cut Pro because of a few large letters at the top left of this website). What we are trying to say though is that tonight will be the FCP world divided into two parts.

Think about it, if FCP changes that much then a lot will have to change too. There is a big FCP ecosystem out there.

All hardware will have to be checked to see if it works with the new FCP. Interesting if Log & Transfer survives. 

All plugins will have to be checked and possibly completely re-written. Apple might also have had a session of 'low fruit gathering' and built in many popular plugins like color correction or complex transitions. Higher cost telecine style grading software is right in the firing line.

Will FxScript be supported? Many great plugins are written in FxScript, Nattress Film Effects being one.

Will the new FCP support 3D with ease? If so then it is the end of expensive third party solutions/codecs. You can't beat free.

All third party standalone software (like XML programs) will have to be checked & modified.

What about the little things like coloured keyboards, iPhone apps, special codecs etc?

All existing printed training manuals will soon be worthless. However I bet the likes of Steve Martin, Mark Spencer and Diana Weynand are hard at work writing new ones.

All online tutorials will soon be worthless. This has been very noticeable recently by shed loads of old tutorials being dumped on YouTube. As before I expect a variety of 'new' FCP tutorials to appear on YouTube/Vimeo the day you can actually buy or download the program.

What about training? Will everybody have to get re-certified? Will the trainers have to get re-certified before anybody gets re-certified? Will Apple move towards an online system of resources, training and certification? Could the training be built into the app like Garage Band? "Let Walter Murch show you how to trash your preferences."

All the above is complete speculation, what we do know though is the fact that each of us has a lot of learning to do this year. I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. 

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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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