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Scary eyes to pack replacement in this early November Final Cut Pro X tutorial roundup

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Scary eyes, real estate promotion, pack replacement and Larry Jordan. What do they all have in common? They all feature in this roundup of FCPX tutorials. Some basic, some advanced, they are all worth a watch.

The user base of Final Cut Pro X keeps growing, so does the number of tutorials that get posted to the video sharing sites! A clutch of six in this roundup ranging from a set on tracking, FCPX functionality and a couple from Larry.

We start with the first of a set that look at using Coremelt's tracking plugin TrackX. The first is from Rampant Media and shows how create glowing eyes. The video also uses elements from their Monster Toolkit. Track X has a free 14 day trial and there are also free elements in the toolkit for you to have a go at this or a similar effect. 


Coremelt has published two new tutorials themselves. The first is how to add text to a moving video, like a pan around a room that you would see in a real estate agent video. Or for the film geek, Fight Club and Ikea furniture.


Want to replace a product in a shot, improve a lable on a product or just blur out a logo? In this tutorial, TrackX gets used to do exactly that.


On to a new tutorial from Ben Consoli via Premiumbeat. Ben shows us how to make, use and manage Compound Clips in FCPX.


What set of tutorials wouldn't be complete without a few tips from the FCP guru Larry Jordan. His blue sky tutorials are the purist you'll find :)

Both are excerpts from his webinar on Audio in Final Cut Pro X, the first looks at creating splits edits.


Lastly in the roundup is Larry showing us how to work with multichannel audio.



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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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