No surprise here as Apple said in its event on Monday that Thursday was going to be Big Sur day. It's out, should you upgrade?

The release of the new macOS Big Sur is slightly different to Apple's annual operating system update. This is because not only have Apple compiled it for Intel machines, they now also have the M1 powered Macs available.

But before we go any further, a few words of caution!

  • Do not upgrade mid project
  • Make sure you have backups of all boot drives
  • If you are running it, check your last Time Machine backup worked. (Ours was paused!) 

Just as Mac users transitioned from PowerPC to Intel silicon in 2006, the transition has already started from Intel to custom Apple Silicon. The new MacBook Air, 13inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini all have M1 chip versions available to order now.

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So not only does the MacOS have to be able to run on both Intel and Apple Silicon, third party apps also have to be able to run on both. This is where we see a problem.

Keeping all third party drivers, plugins and camera plugins up to date for a new OS is hard enough, now there is the extra dimension.  

We are sure you've had a project stop because of a piece of software that is critical to your workflow isn't compatible. Developers now have to make a dual binary of their product that will run on both silicon flavours. This might cause a delay in getting an update out. So, Make a list of all the third party apps you use and check they have Big Sur versions. Things like camera plugins or drivers are the normal culprits that don't get an update immediately.

If you are sure you have compatible versions of everything that you need, then hit the update button! If you are running the new Final Cut Pro 10.5 on Apple silicon, don't be surprised if any extra software doesn't work as it should or work at all!

We are pretty excited about Big Sur and if the initial reports about how fast the M1 machines are, we are in for a very exciting couple of years during the transition to Apple silicon.

Want to know more about Big Sur? We have embedded the presentation from WWDC 2020 starting at the Big Sur reveal. Worth watching again just to see what Craig Federighi calls the 'crack' marketing team!



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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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