As FCP gets more & more of a hold in the post-production industry, the requirement for 'interoperability' with other editing systems (OK Avid) is bound to grow. Marquis have launched a box that will help bridge the gap.

We had this story as one of our bankers or to put it another way we were saving it for a slower news day. Marquis have started to publicise 'bridging' so we thought it was time to tell you all about it.

Bridging enables edit sequences and media to be exchanged between Avid and Final Cut Pro edit systems. This allows producers, journalists and online editors to share edits during a production. Built on Marquis’ Media Highway Technology, Bridging converts the sequences and moves the media at the same time. 

For the first time editors are able to move edit sequences and media seamlessly between the two different edit systems. Bridging provides a very convenient method for simply dragging and dropping a sequence from one editor to the other, ensuring media and timeline structures are moved as a background operation.

There have been software solutions to this already, notably Automatic Duck How does this differ? Well from the website it is slightly hard to figure out, but it looks like a hardware box that will do the job in the background.

Based on the shots that appear in the sequence Bridging will transfer material from the source editor to the destination editor. Media is converting on the fly between the different wrappers, MXF OPAtom for the Avid and QuickTime self-contained media for the Apple.

Bridging converts the sequence edit from the source editor to the format of the destination editor (Avid AAF to Apple Final Cut Pro XML or vice versa).

Media is automatically moved with the sequences in a single seamless operation.

Here is the list of systems, storage & media bridging will work with

Edit Systems 
Avid NewsCutter, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, Apple Final Cut Pro
Edit Storage
Apple XSAN, Avid Unity, Avid ISIS, Standalone workstation, Shared NAS/SAN

Media types 
On Avid
DV, DVCPRO, 50, HD IMX 30, 40 & 50 XDCAM HD DNxHD 36, 120, 145, 185, 220 AVC-Intra
On Apple Final Cut Pro 
DV, DVCPRO, 50, HD IMX 30, 40 & 50 XDCAM HD ProRes422, (HQ), (LT)

We will send an email off to Marquis to see if we can get a price on the system, watch this space for a reply!

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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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