There can't be many people in this industry that failed to notice Final Cut Pro X was released today. We thought that we would take a look at the better articles and videos that have been posted.

First up is an excellent review from Steve Martin on Ken Stone's website. Steve runs Ripple Training and if that rings a bell it was his server that got hacked into and those old military FCPX screengrabs stolen.

Concise and well written it was probably the best 'A first look' article we have seen. Steve had the advantage of being able to write this review well before time and it shows. Essential reading.

"While FCP X will no doubt be referred to as a souped up version of iMovie by some, this is not my impression at all. I have been cutting a documentary on it among other things, and I just finished a tutorial that is close to 5 hours long which speaks to it's depth. I was very surprised at how much iron the Apple engineers put into it."


"While FCP X is very promising, it still lacks key features for professionals. (I'm cutting it some heavy slack because I'm taking into account this is essentially a version 1 product built on an entirely new foundation). But the fact remains that there is no professional audio editing capabilities. With many of the features of Soundtrack Pro now rolled into FCP X, I still long for a full featured waveform editor to perform bread-and-butter audio editing chores. This coupled with the fact that there is no built-in way to collaborate with sound editors using ProTools or other DAWs is problematic.

Also there is currently no support for 3rd party effects plug ins. This is something that most likely will be addressed in the future. That said, Motion 5 is now much more that a motion graphics application. It's now a motion graphicspublishing application and you can easily "publish" your own titles, effects, generators and transitions for any Final Cut Pro X editor.

From my perspective, FCP X is not so much revolutionary, but rather,evolutionary - because at the end of the day, your reasons for using Final Cut Pro have not changed - you're still using it to make movies. A re-invented wheel is still a wheel."

From the same stable, Mark Spencer took a first look at Motion 5 or The Top 5 new Features of Motion 5 as the article was titled. 

"The new Motion 5 has arrived - and here’s the funny thing: while it looks radically different, contains features that represent a completely new paradigm, and will change the way motion graphics are created - it is at the same time no different at all. How can that be?"


Mark sums up:  "If you are already familiar with Motion 4, once you understand how to put rigging and publishing to work, you’ll have no trouble creating your own incredible titles, transitions, effects, and generators for Final Cut Pro X. And if you’ve never used Motion before - you are probably going to want to start!"


Larry Jordan boiled it down to three words

"speed, power, cutting-edge" Isn't that four? Anyway he did post some more information on his blog, not an omlette in sight.


Then we drop into the people who we think had the beta a few days before release.

Gary Adcock's opening line was rather amusing on his review posted on Creative Cow.

"I'll be honest. When I first opened FCP X, my first title for this article was, "What the @#%, Apple?!"

He writes more detailed information about which cameras will work with FCPX, metadata etc. There's a part two coming soon.


Philip Hodgetts was lucky not only to have FCPX a week early, but Apple lent him a MacBookPro too!

"My overall impression is overwhelmingly positive. Right up front I’ll say that this first release doesn’t support every workflow that every professional editor might need, but for the vast majority of people who don’t have specialist workflow needs, this is an amazing piece of software. I’d much rather focus on what is in the application than the few features that are missing for the moment.

It made editing fun again. Fast and fluid. Did I mention fast?  I don’t just mean 64 bit, OpenCL, Grand Central Dispatch, no-holdups-from-the-app fast, I also mean the tools are where I want them, there’s a ton of keyboard shortcuts and I can find my media and get an edit done fast!"


Then we have the people who have tested FCPX and written up their thoughts and findings after the release.

color-toolThe Digital Cinema Foundry wasn't impressed by the autobalance feature.

"As a colorist I’ve had a great interest in what would become of Apple Color. Though its fate is still not known. I thought that upon first launching FCP X for the first time I would do some digging around with its color correction tools. In terms of workflow I have to say that it is better and more intuitive than FCP 7’s 3 Way Color Corrector as it incorporates similar approach to Apple Color’s hsl curves/lines found in the secondary room for hue, saturation and luma adjustments. I do have to say and it is the purpose of this post to point out that the Autobalance feature simply will not work or do the job adequately. And this is supposedly one of those auto background rendering features. I haven’t dug around enough to find out how to disable it but the results will speak for themselves."




Matt's Macintosh got the award for being the first person to post a YouTube video of FCPX. He warns it is long and rambling! 



Jared Abrams from Wide Open Camera even managed to edit a demo commercial and post it to Vimeo.

"Here is a very down and dirty edit of a Beetle Spec Spot we shot in San Francisco a little while back. I was lucky enough to get up early and download the new FCPX from the Mac App Store. FCPX is one bad ass editing tool. It feels similar to iMovie and is very similar in appearance. I was jamming to get this edit out and snagged a few screen grabs during the process. FCPX has a ton of killer features like Match Color, A three Way Color Corrector, Auto White Balance, ETC. Most importantly there is very little Import, Export or Render time. It is almost instantaneous! I am by no means an editor but I do have to edit every once in a while. This is going to save me so much time, I can only imagine how much it will save the real editors out there. FCPX is one of the best things to happen to Independent Film making since the DSLR. Dig it!"


Ooops looks like that is offline for a while, will a screengrab do?



Congratulations if you've got down to the bottom, this is only the first day, phew!

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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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