feb 2015 tutorial roundup

Quite a few free tutorials to get through in this roundup. From just starting out in FCPX & Motion, to advanced sound techniques & fixes, there is something for everybody to learn.

FCP.co Forum contributor Ben Balser has a new website over at FinalCutProX.guru where he's posting tutorials on FCPX, Motion and the other Apple Pro Applications. There will be a range of paid content on the site for beginners to advanced users.

He's also posted a few free 'Bare Bones' tutorials, the first designed to get users up and running with Final Cut Pro X in under 10 minutes. (Takes a few seconds to load.)


He's also done the same for Motion users: 

Ben's got more free tutorials on Motion, Compressor and Logic Pro X, but you'll have to head over to his site to see those. 


Tutorial regular Dan Allen shows us how to create custom frame sizes so you can preview your material  and export to a variety of platforms including smartphones.


Janet Dalton of Manhattan Edit Workshop has expanded their range of free FCPX tutorials online. We take a look a three of the most recent.

How to use Timecode Overlays in Final Cut Pro X


How to Use the Slipping Tool In Final Cut Pro X


Finally from Janet, How to Match Frame in Final Cut Pro X. There are many more tutorials (not just for FCPX) on their Vimeo channel.


Chris Swift has been busy over on his YouTube channel posting FCPX tutorials, we have selected a few on retiming to post here.

Retiming - The Basics looks at fixed amounts (slow and fast), adjusting amounts, transitions, making a freeze frame, reversing, preserving pitch (or not), and improving video quality.


Retiming: Super Slo Mo


Finally from Chris, a tutorial on advanced retiming.


Want to get better audio into FCPX and fix any problems with that audio in FCPX? Scott Lewis has made an hour and a half tutorial from a course he recently taught. Some great info in there and worth sticking with all the way through.



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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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