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How could we resist a Final Cut Pro X user story when the production company decides to celebrate FCPX's first birthday with a cake? Danish company Metronome are using FCPX to cut the popular broadcast documentary series Razzia for TV2.

There was much joy on the FCP.co campus when Mikael & Ryan from Metronome sent us the pictures of the FCPX cake. We really hoped for somebody to mark the end of the first year with an iced tribute and we weren't disappointed.

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Behind the celebration there is a success story and the guys from Copenhagen very kindly supplied us with some more information about using FCPX on their latest documentary series.

We will let them take up the story...

"A year went by and what a piece of promising software FCPX has grown into."

Here at the production company 'Metronome' in Copenhagen, Denmark, we are using FCPX to edit a very popular documentary series called Razzia, thirty episodes at a runtime of 25 min each. The show will air this fall on Danish national television (TV2). The production company (Metronome Productions) is the second largest in Denmark.

We are shooting a variety of formats including XDCAM and GoPro. Although we in the beginning tried to edit these formats natively we have learned that converting all our material into ProRes has improved performance significantly. So from now on our assistant editor transcodes all the material into ProRes using Compressor 4 before importing into FCPX.

We have found this workflow to be the most efficient.

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The assistant editor creates a sparse disk image for every single story on our server. This way, editors and journalists are able to access and share events and projects on a "check in check out basis". We are not on a Xsan network but work entirely on an ethernet platform connected to a Mac Pro server. We have nine clients connected to this server and each user gets about 109 mb pr second.

For sound post we are using X2Pro and for color grade we export an XML from FCPX to DaVInci.

"The verdict so far: a robust, fast, innovative, sophisticated yet 'easy to use' piece of NLE software. We see a program with a truly great potential and we would rather never go back to either Media Composer or FCP7."

Many thanks to Mikael & Ryan and we wish them every success with the airing of the show. We were interested to learn that they found it easier to convert XDCAM material to ProRes with Compressor as here at FCP.co we were one of the first to twig that FCPX would not optimise that format.

And we couldn't leave without another look a that cake  - do you cut it or skim it?

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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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