Straight on our Christmas wish list this year (After the Blackmagic Cinema Camera) are these two portable Thunderbolt drives from Promise, the J4 and the J2.

The larger J4 was announced at CeBIT back in March, but this is the first time it's appeared on our radar. The J2 is a new announcement from Promise Technology Inc. at the show.

There's three words that you can use to sum up the J2, small and fast. Actually that should be very small and very fast.

"PROMISE Pegasus J2 is the smallest Thunderbolt enabled external storage device designed to unleash the raw power of Thunderbolt technology. Powered by 6G mSATA flash the J2 is capable of delivering over 700 MB/s throughput while supporting volume encryption in the consumer and professional post production markets."


The model we saw at the show had a capacity of 256GB and was capable of speeds of 500 MB/s write and 700 MB/s read which should be more than fast enough for most location editing situations. It hadn't really twigged with us that until we saw the product manager do a file transfer of 20 Gig in 5 seconds, the J2 would be ideal for situations where you had to get camera rushes & projects back onto a server quickly after being on location. Maybe the most incredible thing, all this will fit in your pocket.


No word on price but the product should be available in June. We seriously want one of those.


The J4 should look familiar to any Mac user as it has been designed to have the same footprint as a Mac Mini. It is available in two models, populated by either SSD or regular hard drives.

The 4 terabyte Non-RAID JBOD hard disk model has a read time of 500 MB/s and a write time of 300 MB/s. The 4 Intel 520 series 240 GB SSD populated model has a capacity of just under a terabyte and has similar speeds to the J2 of 700 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write.


Again, no word on price and availability will be in June.

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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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