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An update to FCPX for new retina screen MacBook Pros but the Mac Pro just gets a quiet update on the Mac Store


A mix of excitement and disappointment after this year's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco this year. The new MacBook Pro with a retina display running an updated Final Cut Pro looks gorgeous, but same form factor MacPros without Thunderbolt are a bit of a letdown.

We were praying for 'one more thing' after the tour of iOS6. Cue the music, unleash the dry ice and and hopefully a new Mac Pro would rise out of the stage. It didn't happen. Only eagle eyed Apple Store watchers noticed the new badge indicating the three updated models which presumably correlate to the leaked model identifiers.


The second disappointment is no Thunderbolt on the updated Mac Pros either. One has to wonder how long these machines can keep being sold without Thunderbolt, but at least they have subdued the critics for now who were saying the MacPro was dead. But let us return to the new MacBook Pros...

The new retina display on the MacBook Pros looks stunning, over 5 million pixels at 2880 x 1800 with a 29 percent increase in contrast, Apple are plugging these as ideal machines for the updated but not yet released Aperture and Final Cut Pro X. Apple said in the Keynote that FCPX is now capable of showing pixel perfect 1080p top right in the viewer with space for a full timeline and the library. It was also said that Adobe are working on a new version of Photoshop for the display - Any apps not capable of supporting the new resolution will be pixel-doubled. No word on Premiere strangely!

The new models sport the Third-generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors, Kepler architecture NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics cards with 1GB of dedicated video memory and Flash memory of up to a third of a Terabyte. Of immediate interest to us was the two Thunderbolt connectors and a new USB3 connector, which will open up new storage options and the possibility of using two end of chain Thunderbolt peripherals at once.

It was also pointed out that the new Macbook Pro is capable of handling 9 streams of HD video, which should be more than enough for most users, even reality show producers.

Other news were updates to MacBook Airs, the disappearance from the store of the 17" MacBook Pro, a tour of Mountain Lion which will be released at $19.99 next month and some new software for phones.

So a good WWDC Keynote, but not all we were hoping for. As anybody who has been to the conference, the Keynote is the only presentation not under NDA so that's all the news from San Francisco this week.

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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.


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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.

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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