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A Red Mac Pro, Mavericks driver updates and avoiding App Nap with Final Cut Pro X

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We knew that the new Mac Pro would generate a lot of news, but a $40,000 Red Mac Pro? It's true, we publish the link to the auction and catch up with all the other Apple, Mavericks and compatibility news.

RED mac pro appleOver the weekend we got notification that a very special Mac Pro was up for auction at Sothebys. If you have a spare $40,000 and don't like black, then this might be the Mac Pro for you! Jonathan Ive has made a one off (RED) Mac Pro that is going into a charity auction online with other products such as solid gold EarPods at $20,000. If you think those are expensive, checkout the (RED) Leica which has an estimated low bid price of $500,000!

Worth noting how much an Apple 1 motherboard sold for in 2010 before you scoff. Special technology can command high prices. Rumours of a gold Kardashian Mac Pro model could not be confirmed however!






Back to rather less expensive news, free updates for Mavericks to be precise.

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AJA has posted Mavericks drivers for all their current I/O devices on their website. We were a bit confused by the naming convention they use. The numbers refer to the actual driver update and not the fact that they are compatible with Mac OS tiger 10.4!

No sign yet of the AJA Io 4K. Now that the MacBook Pro has been released with Thunderbolt 2, the demand for this clever little box will start. Promise Technology have said that their Thunderbolt 2 Pegasus RAIDS and SANLink2 (now in Mac Pro matching black) will ship in November

Blackmagic Design were a bit quicker off the mark and had Mavericks drivers ready for the day of release. There have been a few reported issues with DaVinci Resolve, so we would hang fire with the update if you are a colourist.

No word on Mavericks drivers for Matrox products, FCP.co Forum member T Payton has posted that everything works fine for his MXO2 Mini after uninstalling and reinstalling the latest Matrox drivers after the Mavericks update.

If you use Red Giant's plugins such as Magic Bullet, Andrew Cheyne, Director of Engineering at RG is recommending users do not upgrade due to licensing code issues.

For Final Cut Pro X itself, Stockoto is reporting that background rendering stops because of the new App Nap feature in Mavericks. After a heavy weekend of editing with FCPX on Mavericks, we haven't seen this, but it is good to know a fix should it happen. 


If you have come across any other problems that are Mavericks related, then please add them in the comments below.



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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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