Wow, another video that smacks us over the head with a piece of information about FCP & FCPX that leaves us stunned. Looks like Apple thought their completed 64bit FCP8 was a dead end.

We have had this on the backburner for a week or so and planned to post it as an example of an educational establishment considering the NLE options out there and then purchasing FCPX. We don't know why we missed it the first time but at 15:41 Richard Harrington says-

"There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said 'This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary' and they killed it."

These are not our words, we're just transcribing them from the video and in our bad journalism style it is the only source of the information. We have taken Rich's line at face value and have no reason to disbelieve him.

***Updated*** Another video gets yanked from Vimeo or YouTube, funny it has been published for over a week, but it now sits behind a password. Looking through the comments we certainly don't think it was an off the cuff remark taken out of context. The video's gone though and although we managed to download it, we're not going to repost. We will just have to let you make your mind up whether this was a bit of inside knowledge leaking out or an inflated rumour dressed up for impact.

The video is from the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington DC·(TIVA),·a local not-for-profit organisation serving the needs of the growing Washington/Baltimore media production community. It features three panelists, from left to right we have Nicole Haddock, editor and the TIVA Chair, Richard Harrington, CEO of Rhed Pixel and Larry Engel, Filmmaker in Residence at American University. It was Larry's and the University's decision to train all new students on FCPX which was the original newsworthy reason why we were going to post the video.


The video is worth a watch through, it's an hour and forty five long, but a lot of good points are made, including that rather 'jaw dropping' remark about the deceased FCP8. We especially liked Rich's chat from 1:30:00 onwards including his description of how to write an Apple Pro Training Book. Powerful stuff.

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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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