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Preview of IBC 2013 from Amsterdam

IBC preview

We have got on the plane, checked in at the hotel and rented a bike. Yes it's that time in September when the TV industry descends on Amsterdam for the IBC exhibition.

Another year has passed and we are back in Amsterdam reporting on IBC. How many have we been to? Let's jut say that we can remember when it was in a collection of hotels in Brighton, England.

So what do we expect to see? It's fairly obvious that 4K will be the buzzword of the exhibition, Canon are already plugging the 4K EOS C500 as you can see from the banner hanging on the outside of hall 11. 

IBC Canon 4K


Contrast that with 3D, once the buzzword a couple of years ago, which we expect to see very little of this year. So 4K shooting, editing and delivery/transmission.

Apple are not here in any official guise. No stand and no press briefings. A shame as it would have been an excellent PR opportunity to show off the new Mac Pro behind a glass case. Apple did however publish a new Final Cut Pro X user case study of Xtrem's coverage of the Le Mans 24 hour race. Of interest to us is the use of Softron's Movie Recorder which allows access to a growing quicktime file in FCPX.

Apple lemans

We will try to record as many shots of stands using FCPX this year as it always bugs us when people say 'Nobody at the show was using it' even though you can spot that familiar GUI pretty soon after walking in.

What else do we expect? Well, we will do the normal reporting from Blackmagic, AJA and the other hardware manufacturers that are of interest to us. In fact we are off for a rather nice free press lunch with AJA in a few hours. We don't expect any big announcements, those get lined up for NAB.

We have got a few niche hardware and software manufacturers that we will concentrate on. There are some very interesting new products that will be of interest to FCPX editors.

On Sunday we will be off to the annual SuperMeet hosted by Michael Horton and Dan Bérubé. FCP guru Larry Jordan will be there demonstrating FCPX and taking questions from the floor. Go easy on him with the keyboard shortcuts! There is still time to get a discounted ticket for the SuperMeet. Click our special link or use the code fcpcovip to get €5 off the entry price.

Right, we had better get off walking around the show!



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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. 

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.


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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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