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Technicolor release an update to Color Assist which brings Final Cut Pro X compatibility

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Technicolor has released an update to their Color Assist plugin which brings FCPX compatibility. We got a great private demo from the guys and can report that this plugin has a lot of potential.

When Color Assist for FCP7 was released, we wondered how long it would be before the plugin got updated to run with FCPX. We didn't wait long as today Technicolor has announced that Color Assist is now compatible with (deep breath) not only Final Cut Pro X but Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 & CS 6 on Mac OS, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 & CS 6 on Windows.

'Color Assist draws on Technicolor’s deep heritage in color science to bring powerful studio color effects and color correction to users who want professional-quality results without a Hollywood-sized budget.'

From their past pedigree, it's fairly obvious to anybody in the business that they know about colour and the plugin is based on their award-winning DP Lights™ System. We particularly like the curves adjustment as this is one feature editors have been begging Apple to put into FCPX. The curves are also essential to get Log footage displaying correctly.

We got a one to one demo on the show floor this afternoon, which we would have brought to you on video if a connector in our DSLR hadn't of cracked and made the recording of audio useless. The plugin really warrants a good look as there are features that aren't immediately visible. A good example is that the viewer and all the thumbnail looks update in real time, another one is the cross platform recognition of grades on clips.

Let's just explain that a bit more. As the plugin loads the whole clip into the GUI, up to 9 grades can be stored in the plugin which then give you 9 choices back in FCPX. If you then use the clip in Adobe Premiere, once the plugin is applied, those 9 grades will instantly become available to use. Very clever. We hope to bring you a video demo later in the week!

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The plugin also brings back the three colour wheel which will be familiar to any FCP7 editor!

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Although the mention of 'Looks' will make many editors groan, the plugin comes supplied with 25 preset looks and additional looks can be purchased.

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Existing users can receive a free update that includes Final Cut Pro X support, and new users can download a free 7-day trial of Color Assist. Additional Color Assist Looks packages can be purchased for $19 USD and include 10 additional custom-created Looks per package.




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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.

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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.

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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