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The Final Cut Pro X User Stories of 2014 - Part One

2014 FCPX user stories

We take a look back at the Final Cut Pro X user stories we posted during 2014 on FCP.co. The year started early with 10.1 and the new Mac Pro, high profile jobs and announcements over the Summer and finished off with some very creative examples of FCPX in action at the end. Enjoy a jolly good read, we did!

Ok, Christmas and New Year is done, so back to the website. Let us take just a moment to look back on some great FCPX user stories that ran on 2014 on FCP.co

We started right after new year with a home-grown article on using FCPX 10.1 and a new Mac Pro on a real UK terrestrial broadcasting job. 

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As we were the first to get our hands on a new Mac Pro in December, this was one of the very early articles that showed the power of FCPX with the new machine. Just as a follow-up, we have it on very good authority that the new version of the EVS software, Multicam 12, does indeed output proper ProRes files with timecode that can be read by FCPX. Watch this space for more news on that soon.

 

In February, we went on a fly fishing tour! 

flyfishing iceland fcpx

Adam Loretz produced this corporate film for a client with lots of different cameras producing a lot of footage in different formats. FCPX handled everything without a problem on a MacBook Pro including four camera multicam interviews. A good example of a very professional corporate film produced on FCPX to a tight budget.

 

In March, Jonathan Gilbert at Anchour told us about how his company used FCPX in a corporate environment. He produces some cracking pictures from his Canon 5D MkIII using a Raw workflow which end up in FCPX. 

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Also in March, Gary Yost told us about The Invisible Peak, a superb short film about the history of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay Area.

The creation of 'The Invisible Peak'

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All shot on a Nikon DSLR and edited in FCPX. The film has gone on the be shown at many film festivals. His amazing timelapse sequences are worth a read of the article alone.

 

The beginning of April brought us the story about a the making of a Vimeo Staff Pick music video called Dreaming'.

dreamin fcpx user story

Sam Petersson told us about the combination of FCPX and DaVinci Resolve with R3D files. Dreamin’ by Pillar Point was directed by Jacob Krupnick and shot on a MōVI-mounted Red Epic.

 

Right foot down, fast through all the NAB news and into June for an FCPX user story on racing vintage Porsche cars.

Final Cut Pro X post produces the story of nineteen Porsche 911s racing through East Africa

Charli Randall from Circuit Pro explained why they chose Final Cut Pro X over Adobe's Premiere Pro to edit their broadcast productions.

 

The next day brought us the first FCPX user story from FCP.co contributor Thomas Carter. 

Read how the new Sony Xperia commercial got cut on Final Cut Pro X

Read how the new Sony Xperia commercial got cut on Final Cut Pro X

A superb article from Thomas that goes into a lot of detail on how to make a commercial using Final Cut Pro X. Watch out for his next FCPX user story for a commercial that has a twist!

 

At the end of June we published one of the shortest, but certainly the most inspirational FCPX user stories. Deliberately hidden behind a rather vague headline, this story got re-posted and shared everywhere. 

Controlling Final Cut Pro X without a keyboard

An amazing story from Chris and a very good point to wrap up the first half of our look back at the 2014 FCPX user stories we have featured here on FCP.co. 

So if anybody asks what's been cut on FCPX, you now have a URL to direct them straight here.

Writing these articles takes time so many thanks to all our contributors, part two for stories in August to December will follow shortly.

 

 


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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. 

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.

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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