If you need a cool way to present a list of items or events referenced by time, then Timeline 3D from BEEDOCS·might be the answer. The 'Easy Timeline' version now has 75% off.

We first saw Timeline 3D ·back in 2008 and fell in love with the way that the timeline animates through 3D space to the different events. We liked it so much we made over 20 player profiles for the BBC coverage of the Snooker using Timeline 3D to travel down a player's career.

Luckily the BBC still has a copy of one of them on their website,·Stephen Hendry Profile. It's also·a chance to have a listen to a classic Human League track! Another example of Timeline 3D in action is Evan Schectmann's now legendary presentation of FCPX and its history.

The app has come a long way in three years, a lot of features that were not implemented in the version we used such as alpha channel output and automatic video playing of events have now been incorporated. It's very easy to use too, timelines can be built automatically by importing data from a variety of databases from iTunes and iPhoto to Basecamp and RSS Feeds. BEEDOCS have produced this comparison between the versions and it details the automatic data import functions.

There are two versions of the application available. Timeline 3D v3 sells for $65 and can be purchased from the BEEDOCS website.·The lite version or 'Easy Timeline' is available for purchase and download from the Mac App Store and at the moment is being offered at $4.99 instead of the normal price of $19.99. To output video you'll need the more expensive option, but there's a free trial that offers all the functionality apart from publishing.

A lot of bang for your buck, if you wanted to replicate this in Motion or After Effects then you'd need to schedule in quite a few days. Highly recommended.

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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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