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FCP.co contributor Alex Snelling has been busy of the last few months: He's been exploring collaborative workflows with the new Final Cut Pro 10.1 update. He's written a comprehensive free document that will help all editors who share their edits.

So ok, we have to admit to being slightly occupied with the new shiny toy in the office, so time to catch up with some more 10.1 news. Over to Alex:


Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to have been working with Final Cut Pro X 10.1. The result of that is a comprehensive 60-page visually-led document about how to approach using Final Cut Pro X 10.1 in a shared environment, produced in close collaboration with 10dot1; London’s Xsan and shared storage supremos.

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It is a document of two halves; one half explains all the Final Cut Pro X functionality you will need for sharing both work and media and the second half puts that knowledge into practice with ten or so tested example workflows.

Once understood, these simple principles are easy to apply to your own set-up whether you are two users collaborating on a short film or an enterprise level organisation with ongoing shared workflow.

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Our document outlines a number of suggested solutions to common scenarios, starting with standalone single-users through to large enterprise-level set-ups. The scenarios are based on experience from our own client set-ups, using workflows derived from real situations.

With so much chat out there, we thought we would seize the opportunity to try to create a definitive document detailing all the factors that should be taken into account before designing a workflow with Final Cut Pro X.

The good news is that shared workflow with Final Cut Pro X has now got a whole lot easier with some really slick implementations.

Anyone who still asks questions, writes posts or starts chats in bars relating to the "Pro" readiness of Final Cut Pro X is really very far behind the curve.

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It is a long paper but hopefully one you can dip in and out of when necessary.
Use this paper:

As a primer for shared-workflow in Final Cut Pro X.
As a departure point for your own workflow.
To help evaluate your software/ hardware needs.

DO NOT expect to find an absolute solution here.  There are simply too many variables for this.
ALWAYS run your own tests. Always. 

Our document is available to download free here
We hope it is of some use. (You're not kidding! -Editor)

Alex SnellingI have been working with 10dot1 since early 2005, when we worked together for 6 months at the BBC on a project which saw the first broadcast combination of FCP and Xsan. With myself on the edit-side and 10dot1 on the system side, we have make a very good front-end/back-end partnership (if you'll excuse the expression) and look forward to a bright future with this new beast.

(By the way, the name 10dot1 is purely a coincidence.)

Alexander Snelling      10dot1


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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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