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Technicolor demonstrate Color Assist running on Final Cut Pro X at NAB 2013

We were so impressed by the demo we had on the Monday with Technicolor's Color Assist plugin for FCPX, we had to go back and film it! Some very clever colour correction going on.

After Monday's demo, we had numerous conversations with other editors and colourists about Color Assist and all of them showed great interest in the newly updated plugin. 

We reported on the availability of Color Assist on FCPX, but nothing beats a good demo and we walked al the way to the back of the hall where Technicolor very kindly ran us through how it works again.

from Monday's article:

'From their past pedigree, it's fairly obvious to anybody in the business that they know about colour and the plugin is based on their award-winning DP Lights™ System. We particularly like the curves adjustment as this is one feature editors have been begging Apple to put into FCPX. The curves are also essential to get Log footage displaying correctly.

We got a one to one demo on the show floor this afternoon, which we would have brought to you on video if a connector in our DSLR hadn't of cracked and made the recording of audio useless. The plugin really warrants a good look as there are features that aren't immediately visible. A good example is that the viewer and all the thumbnail looks update in real time, another one is the cross platform recognition of grades on clips.

Let's just explain that a bit more. As the plugin loads the whole clip into the GUI, up to 9 grades can be stored in the plugin which then give you 9 choices back in FCPX. If you then use the clip in Adobe Premiere, once the plugin is applied, those 9 grades will instantly become available to use.'


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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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