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Three podcasts on Final Cut Pro X, the new Mac Pro and more

FCPX podcasts

Being back in the office after the Mac Pro's three week excursion on broadcast jobs means we can catch up with things. There's three great podcasts to listen to for a start!

Well, we have to admit to being slightly biased as FCP.co chief Peter Wiggins appeared in Ben Consoli's Go Creative Show. Take a listen to find out about how the new Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X perform.

Also on the bill is Tim Webber from Framestore, the visual effects supervisor for blockbusters like Avatar, The Dark Knight and the recent mega-film Gravity. Great information from behind the scenes of Gravity, he walks us through his experience creating one of the most technically challenging films in cinema history.

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Click to listen or the podcast can be found in iTunes by following the link. If you click on subscribe in iTunes, you'll get new episodes automatically.


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Next up are two podcasts from the FCPX Grill which is hosted on Digital Cinema Cafe. Actually they are the same podcast that was too long for one show, so it got sliced down the middle. The topic and guest are well worth the listen however. Chris Fenwick hosts editor Scott Simmons who talks about what he likes in FCPX in part one and what he doesn't in part two. Scott is very familiar with Avid, Adobe and the Final Cuts, so it's refreshing to hear his take on the NLEs without the bias of other online contributors.

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Episode 15

You can subscribe to FCPX Grill on iTunes.


You might remember we have featured Chris Fenwick's tutorials here on FCP.co. Nicely sandwiched between the two episodes on the FCPX Grill website is a new tutorial on Time Remapping.




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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. 

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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