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Standby for the biggest day in video editing since Apple launched Final Cut Pro X


We're not really the site for rumours, but we can't not mention that this Monday at the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco everybody is expecting new hardware. And yes that means new Mac Pros. (Hopefully!)

WWDC was traditionally the launching place for the big Apple hardware, but in the last few years the iOS side of business has dominated the gathering of geeks & programmers at Moscone West. No secret that iOS 6 seems ready for launch at the conference, but we're more interested in the hardware.

The MacPro hasn't had a refresh for two years and this has again spawned the fashionable trend of linkbaited blogs and tweets suggesting Apple has abandoned the pro user. On the plus side, you might have caught the Facebook petition titled 'We Want a New MacPro' that currently stands at rather a miserable 17,000 likes, but it does show the demand for a tower, not a beefy iMac.

Maybe it is a credit to the Mac Pro design that the form factor has lasted the years. What's not so clever is the fact that it's the only Mac that Apple sells at the moment that hasn't got a Thunderbolt port.

So will we see new Mac Pros announced at the WWDC? We have no inside knowledge, but what swung it for us was retail model numbers appearing on the internet. If past history repeats itself, these are fairly firm indicators of what's going to be in the stores very soon. A detailed rundown on what's expected to be announced can be found on 9to5Mac.

So back to the title of the article. We are desperate to see how a new Mac Pro will handle Final Cut Pro X. New processors, new graphics cards, Mountain Lion and a bucket of RAM should hopefully turbocharge FCPX into something Hamilton-esq. We have also heard on more than one occasion in the last week a request for multiple Thunderbolt ports. This would be especially significant as a lot of manufacturers seem to be making end of chain devices. We haven't forgotten that XSan has been built into the OS either.

So standby for a busy news day, the event kicks off at 10AM PT and although there's no live video coverage, there will be more than one live blog and twitter stream from the big hall in San Francisco. We will of course publish what information we can from the official Apple press release when we get it.

We will leave you with one final thought. If there is to be a completely new Mac Pro, would it be the first Mac to solely use AV Foundation? If so, where would that leave FCP7?

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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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