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A Friday roundup of this week's Final Cut Pro X news

friday roundup 15 November

New Final Cut Pro X applications, plugins, tutorials and a video from the boss of Canon EOS who explains that video on the 5D MkII was an accident! We have put them all up into a Friday roundup.

Let's get straight in with the news that didn't make it to the front page this week with a new free application from Forum regular Andreas Kiel. KeywordExtractor (SKE) does exactly what it says on the tin by reading events and extracting the keywords applied to clip regions.

keywordextractor FCPX

The result includes the clip name, the keyword and the timecode in & out. Results are stored in the clipboard for pasting in to a text document or spreadsheet.

Andreas says that it is basic at the moment, but he's open to suggestions on further development. The app is free, but a small donation to the development would be appreciated.


Plugin producer Luca has just released a new set of dedicated FCPX plugins called Hi-Tech. The $49 pack consists of hi-tech displays, fractals, lower thirds and sci-fi mograph templates.


Neat-Video-Logo-128Neat Video has upgraded their popular noise reduction plugin. It's now been optimised for Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 as well as adding compatibility for other apps such as DaVinci Resolve. There's still a free demo as well as two prices for the app, $49.90 for the home version and $99.00 for the Pro version.




Vincent Zorzi from Arctic Whiteness emailed to tell us that trackpad gesture extension app The Touch has been upgraded to version 1.2. This version now supports iPhoto and QuickTime player as well as the existing FCPX and Lightroom functionality.

The Touch can be bought with a 50% discount for a limited time, €9.95 instead of the normal €19.95. We have posted The Touch working with FCPX before, here is a new video from Arctic Whiteness showing how to control iPhoto.


Andy Neil has continued to publish his back catalogue of Final Cut Pro X and Motion tutorials on to YouTube for free. The first new video is a tutorial on Roles and how they can be used to keep audio and video elements organised.


Secondly is a tutorial on how to 'write on' text in Motion. You'll notice from the light grey that this was recorded with Motion4, but the technique should still be good for the latest version.


And finally a rather curious video from NewShooter at the ongoing broadcast show Inter BEE 2013 in Japan. Yoshinari Onda from Canon gives a lot of good information about the latest autofocus update for the C100, but what got our attention was the fact that he mentioned video on the 5D MkII was an accident!




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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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