bru producers edition fcpx

BRU Producer's Edition version 3.1 from the Tolis Group now supports backup to LTO of FCPX projects and drag and drop backup of media from FCPXML files.

On the eve of possibly some very exciting news from Apple for us all, we take a look at one of the less sexy sides (but never the less important) of editing. Backup.

Copying everything off onto separate disks is fine, but it all gets a bit clumsy when you have more than one edit station and multiple jobs spread over time. Tolis Group has just released an update to their long running BRU series of backup software that will make backing up FCPX media and projects a lot easier.

Backing up to LTO (Linear Tape Open) has been a traditional way of long term storage of data. Looking at Tolis Group's customers is a who's who of media companies, educational establishments and high tech manufacturers, their software has been used for over 27 years!

LTO records to tape, the latest version LTO-6 can transfer data at up to 160 MB/s. Tapes max out at 2.5 TB, but an archive can be spanned across tapes. The costs of the hardware unit have been coming down, we featured the Thunderbolt equipped mTape at IBC this year.

BRU Producer's Edition version 3.1 priced at $499 will now allow the archive of entire FCPX environments and that includes custom motion template plugins that the user has installed.


Whilst this might be overkill for a one seat edit station, it is another example of a well established company tailoring their professional tools for the FCPX user. There are a few features that we really like with this backup system. The first is the copying of any third party templates with the projects, this should save the dreaded red screens,. Non-Motion written plugins will still have be installed manually.

The second is the drag and drop backup of files from FCPXML. We haven't got the resources to try the software out for ourselves, but we hope that this would work with FCPX events/projects as well. (Maybe a Tolis Group staffer might like to chip in here.)

They have also produced a stand alone video on retrieving media from  the backup. (PPro!)



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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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