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New product roundup for FCPX and the end of the line for some familiar hardware

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A busy week for news but maybe it will be remembered more by what products ended their life. We take a look at new software products and the end for some old hardware friends.

The MacPro is dead, well at least in Europe as new standard (Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1 Second Edition) means that the model cannot be sold anymore in that region. Resellers are fine to move existing stock, but Apple won't be replenishing them. More detail and an explanation why here.

macpro dead EU

If you need a MacPro in the UK, you can still order online, for the moment.

Outside of the EU you will still be able to buy MacPros, but with a sizable market gone, you have to wonder how long Apple will continue to produce the units for the rest of the world.

Although this seems bad news, maybe this is another indication that Apple have a new MacPro waiting in the wings to take over. We do hope so.


active storage closeEarlier in the week we had the news that Active Storage had shuttered its operations. The storage company was formed by ex Apple employees who brought the XServeRAID to market. You can see many obvious similarities in the new products they released when they went it alone. We have worked quite extensively with their shared storage products without a problem, so it is sad to see them close.

Although some staff have moved to Quantum, the company has not been absorbed, more information in this FAQ. You would have thought that somebody would have taken down the Active Storage website which bravely soldiers on regardless.

Cheeky rivals Promise are offering a discount on their machines for trading in certain Active Storage products in the US.


So enough of end of life stories, let's now look at what is new!


Budget plugin company Skippor have branched out into music. They have teamed up with music producer Marcus Illanes aka El Peligro to offer 16 background tracks called Film Music for download at $3.99 each. The whole pack of 16 costs $49.99.

The best bit is that you can use these tracks wherever you like and on whatever you like. So no more re-licencing or restrictions on usage 'other than the web' which some music companies insist on.

They have also released Overlay, a $6 set of six movie files (so they will work in other NLEs as well) that overlay on footage to give an overall colour vignette effect.


Lastly, it wouldn't be a week without a few more plugin releases from Pixel Film Studios.

Promorphic is a $29.95 plugin for Final Cut Pro X that adds one of 40 different anamorphic horizontal or vertical light flares. Not too sure if there is such a thing as vertically anamorphic shot footage, but you get the idea.


The second plugin is called Promono, a $29.95 collection of monochromatic and washed out looks or grades. There are 75 colour and 25 black and white grades which should be enough to get the subdued look you are after.



What we haven't included in this roundup is an update to a very popular plugin, some very cool looking grades for FCPX and a very exciting new iPad controller for Final Cut Pro X. If you want a sneak peak, then go on over to our Facebook page and please hit our page like whilst you're there.

Next week looks like it will be an interesting time!



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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.


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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