fcpx thomas carter tutorial

Back to a full week in the office and what could be better than four great Final Cut Pro X tutorials hot off YouTube. Thomas Grove Carter shows us his tips, tricks and shortcuts when he uses FCPX to edit an Audi commercial.


We hope our friends in the US had a nice Thanksgiving break and are back in the office ready to watch more workflow videos. We’ve got a brand new batch of Final Cut Pro X clips from the FCP Exchange workshop series, which you can learn more about here.

These new videos were produced by Alex Snelling with Thomas Grove Carter from Trim Editing in London in collaboration with FCPWORKS and FCP.co. They follow Thomas as he edits a commercial for Audi.

For the first video, Thomas gives his insights on selecting and organizing footage within FCPX.


In this next clip, Thomas demonstrates various ways to maximise Clip Connections, one of the unique and often misunderstood features of Final Cut Pro X’s magnetic timeline.


Thomas is a working editor in the fast-paced world of commercial post. As such, he often finds himself against a deadline with a producer calling the shots as he works. In this video, he shows how to make changes to an edit while simultaneously playing it back.


In this final video, Thomas dives into FCPX’s Retiming Editor, which he uses both to set specific timing and for creative effects.


You can see much more of Thomas’ work over at Trim Editing. The completed Audi commercial for the RS 3 Sportback from these demos is here.

We hope this clips help show off how FCPX is radically different from other NLEs out there. Please feel free to share them. You can also discuss FCP Exchange in our special forum section, co-moderated by Noah Kadner from FCPWORKS.

Keep checking back with FCP.co for the latest news about the next FCP Exchange event, currently scheduled for March 2016 in Los Angeles. And of course NAB is around the corner too…



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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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