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CTRL+Console released for controlling Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro with an iPad

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It was funded on Kickstarter and is now ready for download and purchase on the iTunes store. CTRL+Console brings advanced Final Cut Pro X control to the iPad.

It was a great idea and the demo was shown at trade shows to drum up interest. Well, interest was easily drummed and enough was pledged on Kickstarter to get this app funded and to market.

The development got rather overshadowed by the parabolic life of a 'me too' product, so it is good to see this app is now available for purchase.

The app is based on the fact that keyboards were developed for typing and yes, the letters were laid out to avoid typewriter keys clashing when working it too hard. The use of a dedicated control surface should have exactly the opposite effect. The writers have spent a lot of time designing each app controller layout to give the required amount of real estate to each function.

Does it look a tad familiar? Of course it does, it borrows some of the design from the Lightworks controller which borrowed some of its design from a Steenbeck flatbed film editor. Will a Lightworks controller be available soon we wonder?

The good news is that CTRL+Console is a free download which has basic features to control QuickTime movie playback. 

There are two in-app purchases that bump up the functionality for Final Cut Pro 7/X and Adobe Premiere Pro. 

$29.99 each buys the Final Cut Pro Editor / Adobe Premiere Pro Editor

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$4.99 each buys the simplified Controller for Final Cut Pro X/7 and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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We have said before and we will say it again, we still think that using a keyboard with shortcuts is the quickest way to work an NLE. We are happy to be proved wrong, so please let us know in the comments below if you have any first-hand experience of CTRL+Console. YouTube videos of the controller in action would be most excellent.



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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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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.


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. 

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