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December tutorial roundup for Final Cut Pro X

fcpx dec tutorial roundup

A whole range of free FCPX tutorials for the beginning of December. From how to build a timelapse, right the way through building your own free colour grading LUTs, to stabilising video.

It seems the amount of people making free tutorials seems to grow each month. Not that we are complaining, there is now a huge collection of great tutorials on YouTube and Vimeo that everybody can watch for free. That can only be good in getting the FCPX word out.

We start off with another tutorial from Lee Herbet and this time we hope we got his name right! Lee shows us how to build a timelapse with 4K pictures from a Lumix GH4.


Lee uses a shutter speed of one second on his GH4 as he likes the blur in the individual pictures. Each image is recorded at six second intervals. Here you can see the final result:


As grading with LUTs is all the rage, this tutorial from Mohammed Zainal shows how to get VSCO film presets into LUTs in Final Cut Pro X. This method will work with any picture processing application that you can pass the test pattern through. This includes Instagram filters, but only the grade will follow, effects like graduated tints and vignettes won't work.

The two tools mentioned:

LUT Utility from Color Grading Central.

Look Converter from Picture Instruments.


On to the next tutorial and Chris Swift takes us on a trip through the different stabilisation options in Final Cut Pro X. This is a quick look at the methods before entering into a music player! We posted this as it shows the pulsing blurriness that can occur when you watch the final stabilised result. We have come across this artefact on numerous occasions and would very much like to know how to fix it.


Chris Gardiner shows us how those stabilisation settings translate into fixing GoPro footage shot on a Glidecam. 


And finally, a very late entrant, but worth publishing, Tony is Gaming shows us how to track a skateboarder using Coremelts tools.



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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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