vimeo down

A frustrating day. We have two stories to publish and yes they both feature Vimeo videos. As the Vimeo webpages are currently down and now embedded videos don't work, we wonder how reliant we are on video hosting sites.

We share Vimeo's pain as we ourselves had an outage over the weekend, but the non-functioning of a service provider of Vimeo's size has huge impact on the video production and software market. It is a given that no internet service will be up for 100% of the time, but this is extemely bad news for companies who only trade online.

So what is the alternative? Hosting on YouTube? Will your stuff get lost amongst the cat videos?

How about hosting the video on your own server? Costly, but you will have total control if you don't mind a no show in the results for the second biggest search engine.

A sensible solution might be with Amazon AWS where you can scale your hosting and bandwidth needs.

Whatever solution, it just highlights how we take the internet for granted. Is YouTube really only seven years old? The first ever YouTube video was uploaded on April 23rd 2005 and features elephants, not cats.

Back to us and obviously there is no point in posting a story that needs a video, without that video. So we will have to wait until the service is back online before carrying on our mission of bringing FCPX news to the world.

Looks like a few services are coming back... 


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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. 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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peppes replied the topic: #123819 25 Jan 2023 09:11
I stopped using youtube all together. The reason? From day one i have been using background music from smartsound. Bought and payed a small fortune in the past 10 years for about 100 cd's.
Very clearly it is stated at smartsound you can publish your music on youtube or whatever since the rights are payed.
But soon when i post a video with smartsound music, i get a reply from youtube (but vimeo too!) that my video is blocked due to the music rights! And youtube beeing youtube, there is no email adress where you can write to or any other way of communicate with them, i wrote a mail to the people of smartsound. The reply was both scaring as mindblowing! "Some of our artists who sold us their music rights, have sold these rights to other companys too. When your name or email isnt on THEIR list, they block you on youtube".
Smartsound provide's a standard email with wich you can protest to youtube. And yes i did that. Ofcourse no reply whatsoever and my video's are still blocked. A solution? I dont know.
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Ramzi replied the topic: #126422 17 Jul 2023 16:35
do the people at vimeo not realize that their userbase is crying out for things to change? it is so user unfriendly now, but it used to be amazing for short films and showcasing portfolio work. i dont use it at all anymore
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sc_fox replied the topic: #126424 17 Jul 2023 20:02
Did you credit the music sources IN your videos?

Music: Music Track Name by So-and-So, Used with permission
                                                               ( ^ probably optional — but you better have it!)

You should credit all your source materials as well, even if you are the creator of the source. Stockfootage, music, special effects, everything - just like a regular movie or television program.

Then, you should (actually: must) apply a Copyright to your video:

©2023 by Peppes (<your legal identity, business, or trade name>)

These simple steps absolve YouTube and Google of any copyright issues (since they ARE hosting the video and they are "on the hook") as you accept the entire burden on yourself and you will most likely be left alone (although they may not let you monetize your video...) It's the "professional" thing to do. You cannot get away with putting credit information in the Description — that doesn't count — credits have to be "burned in".
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VTC replied the topic: #126425 17 Jul 2023 20:35

"We watch our videos in the cloud." Famous last words. When the owner of the account dies and taking the account login / pass with him all the goods disappear when the cloud storage bill goes unpaid. (True story.)

Not only copyrighted music but music played by a rancid band PLAYING copyright music. Happened to my client that had me post their 'Bugs N Brew' shoot video. The algorithm picked up a Beatles tune the band played and kiboshed their entire event video by blanking the audio containing protected tunes, taking the awards presentation narration along with it. "People Choice award goes to ________silence______." So go ahead, cloud that sucker on Vimeo or YT or whatever but you loose your right to complain if they kick you to the curb.
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