opro station macpro

Probably the first of many, Opro Station is a stylish cage designed to protect your Mac Pro and more importantly stop somebody from making off with it!

As you might have gathered from our hands on test of the new Mac Pro, the absence of a security slot gets us slightly worried. Then again, this is being typed out on a Retina MacBook Pro which also doesn't have any way to anchor the machine down to something heavy.

We have been sent the first press release from Opro Station with pictures of their latest product that wraps the new Mac Pro up in cage.

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"Our idea was born after evaluation of usability, security and expansion of the New Mac Pro

Evaluated the new apple machine as a revolutionary object and intended to attack the professional market and felt the need to optimize its use, by creating something that would give more character and smooth out some of the features.

Being small in size, we thought we'd give it a perfect accommodation, thus creating a protective shell that determines the security and portability to be updated more ordered and compact, with an improvement in the management of power cables and accessories as well as a convenient expansion hardware.

Opro is a station moving round the mac pro, designed to give more flexibility and compactness thus boosting the role of workstations."

No word on price, but the unit will be available in March.

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And if by magic, another Mac Pro mount has appeared, this time it's called ModeMount. No more details apart from it looks like the designers are making ModeMount a KickStarter project.

One note here, over the weekend we got the Mac Pro really hot, the case at the top was just about bearable to touch and there was a lot of very warm air coming out of the top. We had got the machine doing a two hour long format conversion. Thus, we would not recommend you put the machines perpendicular to each other as shown in this rather poor Photoshop mockup, Apple recommends unrestricted airflow. Not to mention that the bottom band is actually covering over the air intake!

modemount macpro



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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!

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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. 

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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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