***Updated with link to Canon & Red liveblogs***

What a news day today is going to be! Three huge announcements from three large companies, Canon, Red and Avid all have special events planned.

The guys should really compare their diaries before booking dates! The biggest clash is with Canon and Red, although Avid's news is going to struggle in the wave of camera buzz that will dominate blogs, Facebook & Twitter later today.

***Engadget liveblog from Canon event***

***For a liveblog on the Canon and RED event go here***

Let's take a quick look at the three events.


It has been much rumoured that Canon are going to launch a large sensor video camera at Paramount Studios, they've even roped in Martin Scorsese to help out. News should trickle out about 3pm local time.

HDWarrior, our favourite camera website has the predictions below, all we hope is that our expensive L lenses will fit.

"10bit, 4:2:2, CF cards, 50Mbs, EF mount, Super 35mm sensor, HD SDI, Hi Res viewfinder…beyond this we might get a second camera with 4:4:4, 12bit, 100Mbs, PL mount with EF adapter, 4K sensor. Pricing £6500 and £12,000."



After a long wait, Scarlet, the third camera from the RED team will be announced and more importantly, ship. This will happen at about 6pm PST. Will the Canon announcement overshadow the RED news? We will have to see. Take a look at Reduser.net for the latest news.




Our money is on the announcement of a 64bit Media Composer 6, but with Avid struggling to make money at the moment, who knows. They need to focus on only a few products, drop the price and work with every existing peripheral going.

You can watch the Avid webcast as it happens by registering for the event, it happens today 1pm ET 10am PT.

The screengrab below was leaked out a while ago, but we think there's been a bit of Photoshop going on, that dock isn't right. We also came across a short technology preview video for Media Composer 6.


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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.

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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.

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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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