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Initially we were not impressed by the new range of solid state and spinning platter hard disks from Sony. Once we got to talking to the Sony demo guy at IBC, we found out one great feature about these new disks.

Hard disks with Firewire 800 & USB3, they are everywhere, in almost every computer shop and yes, even our local Tescos. So why would we be interested in the new range of hard disks from Sony?

First of all let's talk about why they have announced these drives. They are the 256GB PSZ-SA25 SSD drive, the 500GB PSZ-HA50 HDD and 1TB PSZ-HA1T HDD. The bus powered range all feature two Firewire 800 connectors and a USB3. They are to complement their PMW-50 and PMW-1000 recording decks and other file based aquisition products. The drives run at 400MB per second for SSD and 120MB per second for HDD via USB 3.0.

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As you can see from the photos, they feature a rugged design being wrapped in rubber to protect from shocks and water splashes (Or erhem, coffee). So confident are Sony of these drives being protected (MIL-STD-810G standard), the demo guy was dropping the unit on the desk whilst playing back media. 

The drives also come in a plastic tape like box that is perfect for extra protection should you wish to put the drive in a Jiffy bag and whizz it off around the world. You can also lable up the box and put it on the shelf.

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So what is the best feature about these disks? If you have a drive fail within 3 years of purchase, Sony will take the disk and try to extract as much of the data as possible and return it to you, for free. If you have ever had to get a third party data recovery company involved in retrieving data from a disk, you will know they charge $300 plus just to take a look at a broken drive.

Pricing is important, although these will be priced more than your high street computer shops, the ruggedness and the data retrieving make them surprisingly attractive to us editors on the move.

We can see these drives being used in 3 situations. On location for the storage of rushes on the day, for mobile editors who carry around a disk with their laptop and also for the sending of rushes, archive or any data long distances by mail or courier.

Now, if they made one with Thunderbolt...


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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.

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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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