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Now you can check how Final Cut Pro X works even when you're not in front of FCPX

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So here is the scenario. After a long week editing, you are having a well deserved drink at your local and you get a call from a producer who can't work FCPX. How do you guide them through the buttons & menus from memory? Don't worry, you have the Navigator app on your iPhone.

We have all had the phone call from a producer asking for help, Yordi Capó describes the familair situation: "My friends call me up when they have problems with Final Cut. Sometimes I'm not near my computer and I can't remember exactly which button they have to click. I made this iPhone app so I can help out my buddies!"

His $1.99 iPhone app, Navigator Final Cut Pro X Edition lets you see what buttons do when pressed and what options are available from menus. This is a stroke of genius as not only will it help in talking producers on FCPX 'down to land,' it will also help as a quick & handy refresh of functions for all editors. 

 

He's had some pretty good feedback already.

"This is the closest thing to having Final Cut Pro X on my iPhone!" - Tech Guy

"Sometimes, when I'm on a plane, I just want to go over the Final Cut buttons and functions without taking out my laptop. I even discovered some functions I didn't know existed while laying in the park with my iPhone." - Student Filmmaker

"Sometimes students stop me in the hall and ask me about Final Cut Pro. I can quickly show them the answer on my iPhone" - Final Cut Teacher

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Yordi's 'day job' is a a director and editor in Guadalajara, Mexico along with working as a teacher of post production at two universities. If he wasn't busy enough, he got into iPhone app development as a hobby!

We think his Navigator app is going to be a hit as we think it follows the popular visual way of learning pioneered by Edgar Rothermich's graphically enhanced manuals.

 

This is not Yordi's first navigator app, he has also produced a similar iPhone app for the Canon C300. We think you just might see a few more of these apps appearing from Yordi - Premiere Pro? Avid?


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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.

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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.

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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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