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Edit a growing clip in Final Cut Pro X and stay in record with MovieRecorder from Softron

Editing a growing clip whilst ingesting has been pretty common practice with FCP7 for a while. Trying the same with existing replay based streaming solutions and Final Cut Pro X is a different story. MovieRecorder from Softron however allows you import a clip while it is still ingesting and we are super excited! Essential watching if you produce live events or quick turnaround shows.

Back in the FCP7 days, it was Picture Ready, an app from a small developer that opened up the possibility of editing a file whilst it was still in record. You could start to edit the highlights of a football match as soon as the referee blew his whistle for kickoff, not half time. It really was the Holy Grail of editing sports on an NLE.

It wasn't long before TV replay behemoth EVS realised that this application was very clever and it offered a unique solution that they didn't. So IMX streaming in SD and ProRes & DVCPROHD streaming was added to their range of replay machines with the addition of more expensive hardware. It's a robust solution and works well, but much to our chagrin, EVS streams don't work at all with Final Cut Pro X and they don't seem in any hurry to fix it either. 

We don't need to worry as MovieRecorder from Softron allows open ended clips (i.e. still in record) to be opened in FCPX and editing performed as if the stream was a regular clip. This means that the use of FCPX on live sports shows or any production that requires a quick turnaround is now possible.

You could say that we are a bunch of doubting Thomas's here at FCP.co, we have been promised many things that have failed to be delivered. So we were very excited to catch up with Pierre Chevalier from Softron who showed us MovieRecorder in action playing back a clip in FCPX 4 seconds after it was being recorded.

It gets better as the multichannel app will allow the automatic creation of a multicam clip in FCPX - no syncing!

MovieRecorder is available from Softron at $999 per channel. 



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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.

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.


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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