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Review FCPX edits and content on your iPhone with the new iOS app from Frame.io

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We are big fans of Frame.io, the online tool for sharing, collaboration and commenting on edits & content. Now they have just released an iOS app so you can get all the functionality of Frame.io (and more) right on your iPhone.

We have been using Frame.io since the release and all our collaborators online seem to love the way that they can see edits and revisions. The old ways of making an H264 and emailing or sending a WeTransfer seem as ancient and cumbersome as sending a VHS with burnt in timecode through the post!

If you haven't tried Frame.io with Final Cut Pro X, you can export directly off the timeline with the help of a custom destination that gets installed into FCPX. It is very easy to use, a lot of our collaborators have told us they much prefer working this way.

So when Emery Wells from Frame.io got in touch, we were very keen to find out a bit more about the new iOS application for the iPhone. In the discussion, Emery mentioned that they had been too busy finishing the app to make a video. This morning, we had an email saying they had been hard at work over the weekend producing this promo video. We think the effort is well worth it as it instantly shows how Frame.io's features work on the iPhone.



The Frame.io app is free to download from the App Store. Once installed, just enter your email and password and you'll get straight into your account. It has also been localised for French and German. There is a free trial with one project and five collaborators should you want to test it out.

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Emery and his team went right back to the drawing board for the iOS app. It has taken them eight months of development to get the app ready for release. They wanted to get 100% of the web app onto the iPhone. So expect all of the features you would expect:

  • Time based comments and video annotations so you can draw directly on video frames to accurately communicate your feedback.
  • Video transcoding in the cloud so you can upload any video format and never worry about playback compatibility. It'll just work.
  • Version control so you can see what your video looked like 1 version ago or 100 versions ago.

 You'll also get new features designed especially for the iPhone:

  • Comment Replay - loops a 4 second range around any comment so you can get a sense of what it means in context.
  • TouchScrub - just slide your finger over a thumbnail to preview.
  • 3D Touch Support with Peek and Pop
  • Touch ID for added security
  • Notifications

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We asked Emery if you could upload with the app. The answer was resounding yes - You can upload from the Camera Roll, Dropbox, iCloud, Box and Google Drive. That got us thinking. Imagine scouting for a location for your next shoot. By uploading movies from the iPhone camera roll, all the contributors could give their feedback instantly. Clearly, the iOS app has more potential than just an edit review tool.

The app is only available for the iPhone, no mention of an iPad version, but it does seem a logical progression in the future. We also suggested to Emery about getting a notification on the phone when an upload had completed from Final Cut Pro X. 



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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

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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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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.

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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. 

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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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