garageband x new gem manual

Whilst strictly not an FCP topic, as Edgar Rothermich's GEM manuals are so good, we thought we would share the news of his new publication for GarageBand X.

Edgar writes the most popular books for Final Cut Pro X. His 'GEM' or graphically enhanced manuals are unique in showing how an application works by using labeled diagrams instead of pages and pages of text.

He's now turned his attention to the new version of GarageBand, GarageBand X.

'GarageBand was released in November and there hasn’t been any manual or any announcement of a manual form any publisher yet. As usual, the Apple documentation is rather thin and leaves out  a lot of functions. Especially in this case. GarageBand is just Logic Pro X with a lot of features disabled. However, there are many features that are not mentioned in the documentation but still work in GarageBand. Having written the “Logic Pro X - How it Works” manual, I know Logic inside out and discovered many of those undocumented features and functionalities in GarageBand. All that, plus a 40page introduction with various topics about music production and OSX is included in this 321page "Graphically Enhanced Manual”.

Interesting to know that Garageband has followed the pattern of FCPX and iMovie, basically the same application but scaled down with features removed.

Also on the subject of music production, if you have an iPhone or iPad then checkout the iOS version of Garageband. It has an awesome selection of extra instruments to download and once connected to an external speaker, it's hard to believe the sounds that come out of something so small.

Back to Edgar's book. It's available now electronically in a PDF format for $15 from Edgar's website. If you prefer a hard copy, Amazon have a paperback version in stock. An eBook version is on its way.

Here are a few sample pages to show Edgar's unique way of getting readers to learn about apps.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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