With Apple announcing improvements in broadcast monitoring with the 10.0.4 update, the three main hardware manufacturers have announced software updates too.

We knew it wouldn't take long, in fact Blackmagic let the cat out of the bag slightly early by letting slip that that their new update supported 10.0.4.

Just before we list the updates, it has been noted by Oliver Peters and others that 10.0.4 has caused some problems with inversion of plugins such as Magic Bullet and GenArts Sapphire Edge. Also some users who have installed the driver updates have said it makes a huge difference, some say the output is still sluggish.


MATROX announced MXO2/Mojito MAX 3.0.1 via a·press release.

“Matrox MXO2 I/O devices are unique on the market in giving FCP X editors the only solutions that connect to any Apple platform via Thunderbolt™, PCIe, or ExpressCard®/34 — with the same versatile unit,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “And now, our customers can easily view their projects on professional monitors and have confidence that their final output meets broadcast specifications.”

And a forum post:

This release provides professional monitoring capabilities while editing with Apple Final Cut Pro X and encoding video in Apple Compressor using the Matrox MAX H.264 codec. Important: This software is provided as is. We recommend that you back up your system before installing new software and we do not recommend that you update your MXO2/Mojito MAX software if you are in the middle of a project. Please report all of your findings (positive or negative) to the corresponding section of the MXO2 user forum. Your feedback is important.·

The drivers available here, will only work and install in conjunction with Apple FCP X 10.0.4 software. No other version of Apple FCP X will work with these drivers. If you do not have Apple FCP X 10.0.4, then you do not need to download and install these drivers.

We recommend all FCP X users upgrade to FCP X 10.0.4 before installing the Matrox Utilities 3.0.1 driver version.·
Limitations and important information:·

·- This release does not support a Matrox CompressHD card installed on the same system as your MXO2 product.
- In the Playback pane of FCP X, set Playback Quality to High Quality. However, if you experience dropped frames in your video output, select Better Performance.
- Switching (ALT+TABBING) between applications that use the MXO2 hardware is not supported with this release. Therefore, if you're working in Final Cut Pro X, you must close it before opening Compressor.
- The predefined High-Quality Matrox MAX H.264 settings, and hardware scaling are not supported in this release. When creating a custom setting, ensure that the Hardware scaling option is disabled before encoding your video.
Download links to the drivers can be found on the Matrox forum post.


AJA announced their 10.3 drivers, slightly confusing name structure but the product specific drivers can be found on their support page.

They have also produced an excellent 'Working with Final Cut Pro X and AJA' support document that goes into a lot of detail about broadcast monitoring setup in FCPX.


Blackmagic Design are still showing Desktop video 9.2 for FCPX on the front of their website even though you will find version 9.2.1 in the downloads section. (Here is the Intensity page)

You can download the Desktop Video Manual and although it still references 10.0.3 it has got a lot of setup information that is still very releant.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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