***Update - New version now allows second display out from FCPX***

When the preview of Mountain Lion was announced, everybody thought how cool it would be in the future to mirror your FCPX desktop to an AppleTV. You don't have to wait until after the summer or later for the new cat, we show you how to do it now.

Chris Duke sent us a very timely email last week amongst the announcement of Mountain Lion and the proposed AirPlay Mirroring with an AppleTV.

He is sharing his FCPX screen to a large monitor via an AppleTV today! We'll let him take up the story...

Yesterday I found out about AirParrot, which uses AirPlay to mirror a Mac's display to Apple TV much like you can from the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Apple hasn't made this technology available via OS X yet, but the rumor is they're working on it. (Email came in just before the ML announcement- Ed) A 3rd party developer has already figured it out and for $10 it's possible.

I've tried it on my Mac Pro and my Macbook Air and it works great! I can already see how it will greatly help us during the editing and screening process. I can "sling" my screen to any other Apple TV in my house, such as in my office (as shown), the family room where there's more seating, or our master bedroom to annoy my wife :)


So what you see here is my 27" Mac Pro's display in the foreground, and using AirParrot I am mirroring everything to my 52" Sony on the wall in the background. There's no audio (they say they're working on that), and the refresh rate isn't as good as AirPlay on my iPhone 4S, but this is perfect for the times I need it--such as this past weekend when I was editing the latest episode of Motorz with my Associate Producer, Jason Gillmore.

Many thanks to Chris for sharing this tip with us here on FCP.co. For four years Chris has been the Executive Producer/Host/Editor for Motorz, a television car show series that is also distributed online. The website is www.motorz.tv

As an afterthought, maybe the refresh rate might be better if the AppleTV was connected via ethernet.

Chris has just sent us an update:


They updated AirParrot today... now slings audio, has improved frame rate (up to 60fps), and now supports second display with FCPX. Works perfectly (see my updated photo). I hope Mountain Lion supports the viewer in a 2nd display like this.


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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.

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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.


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.

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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. 

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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