Cantemo fcpx

When Apple axed Final Cut Server, it left a void in the digital asset management (DAM) market. Possible replacement company Cantemo has published a sneak video preview on the FCPX and Cantemo Portal workflow.

Cantemo and Cantemo Portal are one of the companies and products we have on our list of things to go and investigate at NAB in April. The DAM product will be of interest to anybody who uses FCPX in an environment where the control of assets over multiple workstations is essential. Licences aren't cheap, so we see Cantemo Portal being used by broadcasters, advertising agencies, large production companies or indeed anywhere where Final Cut Server would or has been deployed.

It all gets a bit complicated as although Cantemo Portal is marketed by Cantemo, there are a whole host of partners who sell, rebadge and write custom apps for use with the DAM. We will avoid using the well worn tagline from a 1970's sitcom, but yes we are confused.

We are interested in the managing of assets with Cantemo Portal and the workflow with FCPX. In the run up to NAB, Cantemo has released this video which shows the DAM working with FCPX in a number of scenarios. The video is silent and also no screen zooms were put into the demo, so we suggest watching it full screen at 1080.


Watching the video and reading the website brings up some interesting points. We like the fact that annotations made in the web browser interface of Cantemo will show up as range based keywords. We are also very interested that this might be one of the easiest ways to get a lot of data on shared storage into FCPX for multiple workstations.

This is their suggested workflow:

Centralised ingest from camera, tape or file.
Tag and extract metadata on a project by project basis
Annotate media for correction and usage in easy to use web-tools
Create rough cut sequences in the web browse
Find and then import material into FCP X or the sequences
Edit and color correct in the NLE
Export with metadata back in to the MAM system
Trigger file movement or archiving with metadata
Change access rights automatically in the MAM to distribute the project to a larger user base.
Archive video and rushes to nearline such as Object Matrix or to tape.

We will be keeping an eye on Cantemo, visiting their stand at NAB and hopefully getting a lot more information on the FCPX workflow from people who know a lot more than we do. We would welcome a detailed article to publish!



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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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