***Winners announced***

Digital Rebellion have upgraded and renamed their very successful FCS Maintenance Pack to Pro Maintenance Tools. More supported apps, more features, Lion compatible and we have two copies to give away.

If you've been on the Final Cut forums you will know that the FCS maintenance pack from Digital Rebellion has almost legendary status. It has analysed, cured and repaired many FCP systems worldwide. 

Pro Maintenance Tools is the successor to FCSMP, it now supports more apps, Avid, Premiere and of course Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX.

To have the chance of winning one of the 2 packs each worth $139, all you have to do is tweet the title of this story and include @FCPdotCo in the tweet. The easiest way to do this is from the tweet button on the top left of the article. The winners will be picked at random from the tweets from now until Friday evening, so get tweeting!

Winners listed here

We advise you to check out the feature list on Digital Rebellion's website as it is too long to list here. They have produced this video which gives you a quick run through of Pro Maintenance Tools. 

Shane Ross described FCSMP as "The single most useful toolkit you can have for Final Cut Studio. This is really the 'must have' set of tools if you want to ensure that you have a smooth working system." Now that the app also looks after Avid and Premiere on the Mac we can see this being an essential install for editors. If you've ever had to go through a timeline looking for a corrupt clip, you'll know it's going to pay for itself in time saving terms alone.

There is also a 15 day free trial available.

"Pro Maintenance Tools is a 64-bit, Lion-compatible version of FCS Maintenance Pack that works with Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac. This is all included in one version - you do not need to buy different versions for each NLE. This means that you're covered no matter which application you decide to switch to after the obsolescence of Final Cut Studio.

FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin is not compatible with Pro Maintenance Tools. If you want to remotely administrate Pro Maintenance Tools, you must runPro Admin. Licensed Network Admin users do not need to purchase Pro Admin as they can use their Network Admin licenses with the new version. There is more information on the future of Pro Admin here.

Pro Maintenance Tools is $139 for a single license. FCS Maintenance Pack users can upgrade for $39, but if you upgrade before August 1st 2011 you'll be able to get it for only $29."

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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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