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Looking ahead to The National Association of Broadcasters Show 2013

NAB 2013 preview

We are counting the days down to the start of NAB 2013 this year. We take a look ahead at what we might expect to see and also hint at our ramped up coverage for the event.

Unlike other industries, there is only one tradeshow that matters in the TV business and that is NAB. IBC comes close and fills a void for the folk on the east of the pond, but it's the Vegas show that gets the majority of new product announcements. 

On a side note we drove past Montreux in Switzerland last week and it reminded us of the now defunct third TV exhibition that used to be held there.

So what do we expect to see and what trends will emerge?

The undoubted star of the show last year was the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, it had more column inches published than any other product on show. Will we see more cameras released from similar companies? Interesting that the Blackmagic Design stand is right next to The Red Digital Cinema Stand in the lower South Hall.

The big buzzword of 2013 will be 4K. 4k shooting, 4K editing and 4K delivery & publishing.  It might actually be a very good opportunity to show off FCPX in action on show stands with the large format.

Thunderbolt is hardly new, but expect a range of new peripherals ranging from SSDs, capture boxes, expansion boxes and anything else that can sport that little connector. We have our eye on Promise Technology who are introducing new SAN products at the show. We can only hope for shared storage with Thunderbolt connectivity!

Imagineer Systems have hinted they are releasing a product for FCPX. Could this be Mocha? We will certainly find out.

NAB 2013 will see the debut of Lightworks on the Mac. We are pencilled in with EditShare for a demo.

We will be spending quite a bit of time in the Plugin Pavillion as you might have noticed a few of our sponsors will be exhibiting. We are expecting new plugins and updates to existing products.

We have also got a fairly well packed diary for the social events. We will be attending The Motion Media Ball, The Adobe Party, The AJA Party, The SuperMeet and many, many more. 

The biggest news for us is that we are expanding our coverage this year of NAB 2013. The articles from 2012 got huge readership and we intend to up our game and output considerably. More news nearer the event.

Anybody up for an informal meetup of FCP.co readers?


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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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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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