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

2014 FCPX user stories 2

As promised, we return with the second part of our look back at the Final Cut Pro X user stories of 2014. It all got very interesting, very tekkie and very, very creative.

If you haven't read the first selection of FCPX user stories of 2014, take a look here. If you've done that already, on to the second half of the year and you won't be disappointed.

 Just click on the headline or banner image to go to the individual user stories.

 

Off the Floor- a contemporary pole dancing documentary edited on Final Cut Pro X

August got off the ground (quite literally) with a story from Matthew Celia about the production and editing on FCPX of "Off The Floor."

Off the Floor- a contemporary pole dancing documentary edited on Final Cut Pro X

The documentary grew up with FCPX as it was started in 2011 and migrated through the different updates. A common thread to the FCPX stories is emerging - Fun. FCPX gets out of the way and allows the editor to concentrate on the creative process, which is the fun part of our job!

 

Final Cut Pro X and the ESPN FIFA World Cup Project

The Summer was of course FIFA World Cup football time. Joe Castellano let us in on how he produced a promo with ESPN for the biggest sporting event in the world.

Final Cut Pro X and the ESPN FIFA World Cup Project

Worth a read how Joe managed to collate and then select all the footage needed for this multiscreen extravaganza. Yep, you guessed, keywords.

 

Building a 64 layer chessboard project in Final Cut Pro X

12 screens? How about 64 onscreen at a time. Was Final Cut Pro X up to it? Of course it was and Svein Sund very kindly took the time to tell us how he created the project. 

Building a 64 layer chessboard project in Final Cut Pro X

He's not a Adobe Premiere fan, checkout his reasons why he chose FCPX and his speed comparisons between the two NLEs.

 

Sam Mestman goes back to Bulgaria after Expendables 3

Could a young FCPX editor with no feature film experience mirror an Avid edit on a major Hollywood film? 

"On one side, a 22 year old editor with no feature film credits tasked with delivering an assembly cut of a feature within two days of the movie finishing shooting. She would have to do all of her own transcoding, media management, and prep work.

On the other side, the Avid Unity team… who would just work as they normally would, with a lead editor, assistant and standard DIT/transcoding workflow.'

Find out what happened in the article.

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/1474-sam-mestman-goes-back-to-bulgaria-after-expendables-3

 

Editing the Tour de France on Final Cut Pro X

The big one. A 70 terabyte XSAN, four new MacPro FCPX suites and editing whilst still recording using Softron's Movie Recorder. Lots of kit, lots of untested workflows, lots of pressure. How did it all perform?

Editing the Tour de France on Final Cut Pro X

 

 

Gabriel's Journey to Yosemite. Shot on RED Epics, edited in Final Cut Pro X

A great story from Chris Mckechnie that quite rightly ended up as a Staff Pick on Vimeo. Sometimes it's hard in the middle of a big complicated job, surrounded by tough deadlines and even tougher budgets to remember that our skills can make a difference. A difference that is not a commercial one, a difference in improving a life.

 

Gabriel's Journey to Yosemite. Shot on RED Epics, edited in Final Cut Pro X

 

How Honda's interactive commercial 'The Other Side' was edited in Final Cut Pro X

Thomas Grove Carter's second FCPX user story is certainly unique. His Honda commercial has definitely two ways of looking at it. Very creative and FCPX was up to providing the solution to editing two commercials on the same timeline. A must watch.

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/1538-how-honda-s-interactive-commercial-the-other-side-was-edited-in-final-cut-pro-x

 

 

Dutch National Broadcaster EO pairs Cantemo Portal with Final Cut Pro X

One of the first and an example that many other broadcasters will be watching closely. Dutch national broadcaster EO integrated the digital asset manager Cantemo Portal with Final Cut Pro X. 

Dutch National Broadcaster EO pairs Cantemo Portal with Final Cut Pro X

 

Rhythms of Life - A multiscreen live performance cut with Final Cut Pro X

A production in Australia used Final Cut Pro X to edit films for multiple screens in a live performance. Video, music, dancers and over 60 live cues in the show - how was it done? We have to thank Tim Maisey for this rather unique FCPX user story. 

Rhythms of Life - A multiscreen live performance cut with Final Cut Pro X
 
 
 

Old-school magic in FCPX : a breath-taking combination

What happens when you put Final Cut Pro X in the hands of a respected Director/Editor who has grown up with flat bed editors, in-camera effects and classic animation techniques, who has worked with Lightworks, Avid, classic FCP, Shake and Flame and who says (quote) he is “too lazy” to read manuals and to always learn the newest software?

An awesome FCPX user story chock full of creativity and beautiful examples of Clayton Jacobson work.

Old-school magic in FCPX : a breath-taking combination

 

So there you go, a diverse range of stories with one thing in common, Final Cut Pro X.

A huge thank you to all who took the time to document and share their stories. It looks like FCPX has grown up a lot in the last 12 months and we look forward to what the next 12 will bring.

 


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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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