fcpx mac pro shared storage

The Mavericks upgrade and FCPX has worked for the majority of users, others have had a few problems. Risking a Betteridge style answer, have we overlooked a feature in Mavericks that could help all users who want fast shared storage?

Last week saw the official launch of the new Apple OS X operating system Mavericks. What did it bring to Final Cut Pro X users? In the program, not much apart from some added snappiness. On the finder level, tabbed finder windows and tags are great along with the new feature of the menu bar and dock being available on every screen.

We all overlooked Thunderbolt Bridging. Everybody that is apart from Iljitsch van Beijnum who wrote an excellent article on Ars Technica.

He wrote that the network settings now show the new interface of a Thunderbolt Bridge. We immediately looked and found that the new setting automatically popped up when we clicked the Network icon in System Preferences.

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To boil down Iljitsch's article to the main points (which you really should read), fast file transfers are possible but 'choppy'. Best case was 500MB per second, worse case 200MB/s. Which is all a lot lower than we had expected, but it proves it can be done.

So why would we get excited over an extra option in the Network preferences?

Shared storage. It now takes only a few clicks to link two Thunderbolt Macs together with a Thunderbolt cable and it should be possible to share media from a third device such as a Pegasus Promise Thunderbolt RAID. With the caveat of 'We haven't actually tried it ourself', this will make a huge difference to the smaller edit shop. We have all struggled with sharing HD out over Ethernet, this could be a faster and easier solution.

But why stop there? The ability to move large amounts of data between machines (later in the article it goes on to show how fast the link goes without writing to disk) opens up many possibilities.

Xsan over Thunderbolt.

Added CPU and GPU power by adding another Mac Pro.

Maybe like FCPX, we shouldn't think of the new Mac Pro as a replacement for the old model, maybe it is just the start of something a lot bigger.

We are out on a job at the end of the week where we will have all the equipment needed to share a RAID over Thunderbolt. We will let you know how it goes, we are excited! 


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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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