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Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 is released by Apple

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In its earnings press release from yesterday (24th) Apple announced that Mountain Lion would be up on the App store today. So no big shock that the $19.99 update to the latest cat is now loose. Who can upgrade?

First things first, as always if you are in the middle of a project don't upgrade. Final Cut Pro X might be compatible, but what about all those third party plugins and apps you depend upon? Backup before you upgrade too, either with Time Machine or a third party toll like Carbon Copy Cloner. 

You also need to take a good look at the Mac you intend to run Mountain Lion on, these models can be upgraded:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Download Mountain Lion OSX 10.8

If you need to find out the model of your Mac click 'About this Mac' from the Apple menu and then 'More info'

Features and specs are no secret, they have been available on Apple's Mountain Lion webpage for a while. No real new advances for us editors on the surface, but we hope that there is more under the hood that will improve performance.

We are also wondering if the new Gatekeeper feature will intervene when trying to install downloaded plugins, could Spherico's Motion Template Tool trigger a warning for users?

On the FCP.co campus, we tend to install updates on machines in reverse order of importance, which means the lady who does the accounts two days a week is going to get her Mac blasted first. This means that we are after your experiences good or bad with Mountain Lion. What third party apps work and what plugins are compatible?

You can either post you comments on the Facebook section below or on a special thread in our busy Final Cut Pro Forum.

Oh and by the way if you would like to see 30 new OS X features in Mountain Lion, take a look!


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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.

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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.

FCP.co

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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