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A February Final Cut Pro X tutorial roundup and a great Larry Jordan tale

Feb FCPX tutorial roundup

As a contrast to last week's shenanigans and maybe because it's a holiday break for many, the FCP news has been a bit thin on the ground. A good time to catch up with the latest free tutorials posted and don't miss Larry Jordan's excellent film making story.

New FCPX tutorial maker ThatNikonGuy kindly put his camera down long enough to make a short series on the basics of using Final Cut Pro X. Check out his other videos for humorous vlogging on photography.

Final Cut Pro Basics, Importing and creating a new project.

He took the criticism on the chin here about the small icons and promised improvements on the next episodes.



Final Cut Pro basics - Adding text and transitions


Final Cut Pro basics - Exporting and compression for YouTube

(Although he has missed the share to YouTube directly feature as it looks like he's not on 10.0.6)


Creating a Split Screen Effect in Final Cut Pro

(Needs a bit of colour correction but the shooting tips are good)



Richard Taylor posted a short tutorial on how to make your own guides in FCPX without having to build anything in Motion. We wish Apple would implement this directly in FCPX as it would certainly add a lot of usefulness for a relatively small amount of work. 



FCP veteran (we mean that in the experience way!) Larry Jordan has published a series of excerpts from his training series and webinars for FCPX.

First up is Using Photoshop in Final Cut Pro


Secondly is How to Export a Multitrack Quicktime movie using Roles in FCPX


And lastly we couldn't let this rather superb story from Larry's heart go by. As he says, it changed his life. Too good not to share, especially for a Friday.

Superb, we shared that pain too. 



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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.


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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