When we first saw the announcement about Thunderbolt we knew it would change the industry. We met up with Clément Barberis from LaCie to look at the Little Big Disk and its new Thunderbolted big brother.

The pictures don't really do the Little Big Disk justice, it is tiny. It is also super fast having a write speed of 300MB/s and a read spead of 500MB/s. That's six times faster than Firewire 800. LaCie announced that the unit will be shipping in about two weeks, price for the SSD model will be over €1,000.


We can see this drive being the 'scratch disk of choice' for mobile editors, especially when everything has to go as hand luggage when working in a news crew. No moving parts is another bonus although we wouldn't want to drop one of these to prove the point. The drive will be available in 3 configurations, the first a 500GB SSD, the other two being 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte hard disk based. We saw the SSD model at work which has two SSD's set as RAID0.

Lacie were showing 5 Thunderbolt drives connected in series with a monitor as the last in the chain. No speed from the units is lost in the daisy chaining. All cables are supplied by Apple as at the moment they are the only company who can legally sell them. The cables have a chip in either end so it is not just a case of reverse engineering the wiring. LaCie are looking at sourcing suppliers of Thunderbolt cables so hopefully one will come in the box when Apple's restrictions expire.


Brand new for the show was the 2Big Thunderbolt. The two in the back of picture are prototype models that feature two 3.5 inch hard drives in each. These will run up to 300MB/s which is still 4 times faster than Firewire. Capacities will be up to 6TB. No news of price or delivery as these were first seen two days before the start of the show.



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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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