It's the beginning of May, a solid date with no timezones or seasons to get wrong around the world this time! Also a good excuse for a roundup of the latest FCPX tutorials.

We will start with something a little bit different as it hasn't happened yet. We had a break promoting Steve Martin and Mark Spencer's MacBreak Studios a while ago due to the interference of a third party. Time to get them back on FCP.co.

As you might be aware, Steve and Mark now present a live hour long show every other week on a Thursday. So hopefully the embedded box below will go live on Thursday at 1100 PDT and 1900 BST. Also hopefully the 'recorded' video will remain in the page as well. 

We have to admire Steve and Mark for going live with so many FCPX editors watching, waiting to chip in. They have also contributed so much knowledge to the community, if ever there was an FCPX 'Hall of Fame' they would be the first to be inducted!

Next up is a tutorial that has happened! Ever thought more could be done with the Ken Burns tool in Final Cut Pro X? You thought right and the tutorial below explains a few techniques which haven't been published before. They can add a lot more impact to a basic zoom in.

Emilio Taras is getting some very healthy viewing numbers for his Final Cut Pro X tutorials on YouTube. We promised him we would feature one of his tutorials, but we think we should add two.

The first is about creating a 'dolly zoom' in FCPX.

The second is a shorter and possibly less glamorous tutorial, but good information on secondary storylines.

OK, how about 10 Premiere tips? Not really, but there has been some translating going on between NLEs. Oliver Wright takes Peter McKinnons' top Premiere tips and shows us the FCPX equivalents. All without crashing either.

Serge is back and this time he's building camera whip transitions for FCPX without the need for plugins.

Finally, if you own a DJI Osmo Pocket then take a look at this tutorial from Pascal Basel. Especially handy if you use the D-Cinelike color profile.

We are probably going to add to the list, so make sure you come back to check. 

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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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