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Ripple Training release their $29.99 Multicam tutorial for FCPX


New features in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 means new tutorials from Ripple Training. Here Mark Spencer gets to grips with multicam editing in FCPX.

Are these guys slipping? Shouldn't this have been released on Tuesday? Seriously, producing tutorials takes time, a lot of time and Mark Spencer has done well to release his new Multicam Tutorial close to the recent FCPX update. The course is in 12 lessons and runs for 90 minutes.

"Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X is an immersive tutorial designed to teach you the fundamental skills of planning, shooting, importing, organizing and editing footage of a live event recorded by multiple camera sources. As taught by producer and Ripple master trainer Mark Spencer, you will learn valuable on-set preparation techniques for placing cameras,lights and keeping your cameras in sync during the shoot. You'll learn how to properly prepare your media for import; when and if you should transcode, and how to properly meta-tag your media and organize it in Final Cut Pro prior to editing. Once it's time to edit, you'll learn the 3 most common syncing methods, and a few methods that are unique to Final Cut Pro X."

One of the problems with learning a skill like multicam editing is having the media to practice with. This tutorial comes complete with all the footage you'll need to follow along with Marks' instructions, that's got to be worth the price of admission on its own.

We don't know if it is covered in the course, but we would be very impressed if you could add a background to each clip in the Angle Editor and then switch between keyed composites. Seeing all that green does make us seasoned editors nervous.

As always, they've given us three short extracts from the tutorial to give you an idea of what you're going to learn:

Editing the multicam clip.

Video & audio switching

Creating a Multicam clip

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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

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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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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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