First of all we would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our readers. Secondly we thought it would be a good time for a brief look back at the most popular articles of 2011.

We have had an amazing year, we have had to upgrade our hosting facilities 3 times to deal with the month on month increase in traffic. We don't want to stop either and we will continue to strive to be the best Final Cut Pro website on the internet.

We've got a feeling that the next couple of weeks are going to be a busy time for us editors, we're back to work after the holiday break and we know that nothing really newsworthy happens in that 'Chrimbo Limbo.' That's not our phrase but one we saw a colleague quote on Facebook. Not the funniest, that went to our friend Tim who said his New Year's resolution was going to be 2560 x 1600! We think there is a fair ammount of FCPX news waiting to surface and let's not forget Apple have publically stated an update will arrive soon.

But before we get stuck into 2012, let's take a look back at the top ten articles (by views) right here on FCP.co, not all of them are about FCPX..

Looking back he might have been right or wrong but Larry certainly stirred things up with this now legendary quotation before FCPX was released.


An article from Alex Snelling showing us that the features we want in FCPX are actually there.


Still the best runthough and design concept explanation of FCPX we have seen anywhere -if you ignore the rather odd backdrop!


Simply the best free tutorials for colour grading in FCPX that you will find online. Written by our friend Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central.


Edgar Rothermich's brilliant graphic manual for FCPX has gone on to sell many copies. A very fresh approach to learning software.


Kind of does what it says on the tin.


Another article by Alex, this time we are talking about Final Cut Pro 7.


This short but brilliant video went viral on many big Mac websites after we first discovered it.


We host the largest list of free effects and templates for FCPX and Motion and this project has to be one of the best. A gorgeous old photo album template from Robbert-Jan van der Does.


Would any list be complete without one of these? Great fun and a lot ended up being true!


What will our list for 2012 look like in a years time?

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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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