Obligatory FCPX Post

Apple released a new app, called Final Cut Pro X. It’s pretty stunning but not necessarily in a good way.

I’ve used it for only a few days but have completed a project inside it already. It’s very different and there is a learning curve but for this particular project, it worked brilliantly. It was a short (75 second) corporate product promo video for a vending machine. I needed to cut clips together, add some titles, voiceover and background music. Throw in a bit of colour correction and simple motion graphics (logo) and I just created the full video in one app in just a few hours. I’m happy, my client is happy.

Once I get clearance for this video I’ll add a link here.

It has some problems and missing features. My list of missing features is probably very different to another editors but I won’t go into that, you all know what it’s missing.

My point is this, most camera operators choose the right camera for the job. You don’t use a GoPro to shoot a feature film, nor a red for a budget corporate promo. You don’t use a dslr to film a conference but it’s wonderful at many other tasks.

The same should be true for editing suite. You choose the right one for you and your sector. Film editors are not going to use FCPX, anyone who deals with multiple angles won’t use FCPX (until they add multicam). However I work in the corporate sector, filming on DSLR, mostly interviews and product promo pieces. For me FCPX does nearly everything I want and it’s in one app.

It would be wonderful if there was an all encompassing mega app that suits everybody, but there isn’t, not from anyone. FCP7 is slow, Premiere has only minimal colour correction, no alpha transitions.

What I will say is that I still plan to keep and use Premiere, it’s a very impressive system but there are some things that I think FCPX does better (yes, I really said that). However for what I do, I doubt I’ll continue to use FCP7 on a regular basis.

FCPX is in it’s early days but right now it’s good for certain sectors but it’s rubbish for others. That does NOT make it a non-pro app, in the same way that a Red is still pro but not for live tv broadcast.

Sony FS700 Rig


I’m a freelance camera operator based in Sheffield, working mostly in the corporate sector but I’ve worked in Broadcast, Theatre and Live Events. I’ve got 12 years of experience in a wide range of countries and industries.

I work mostly with my FS700 and Odyssey 7Q, usually shooting in 4K ProRes. I also regularly use C100/300, XF305, PMW-300. My kit is always growing but I try to keep an up to date list on my gear page. I edit using Final Cut Pro X on a Macbook Pro Retina.

I also do quite a lot of graphic design work, in Cinema4D and After Effects. This coupled with my background in AV and live event experience brings a single point of contact to many of my clients for their event production needs – where I produce the powerpoint, animations, videos and film the event. Perfect for award shows, conferences, fashion shows and more.


New Showreel

So here is my latest Showreel featuring clips shot in the last 12 months, all in HD on Z7, EX3, 550D and GoPro HD.

The Deckchairs

Promo for the Earls Barton based band ‘The Deckchairs’

Shot on 550D (just one, just me) using:
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4

PA & Sound from soundsounds.com

Lighting from myself – operated by Chris Green

It’s taken me quite a long time to get this edit done. I chose to do it in Premiere as an experiment. I won’t be using Premiere again for anything other than basic cutting together of clips. It may be fast – but it smells funny.

These little cameras never cease to impress me… the colour saturation (most clips ungraded) and clarity of the shots for something so small and cheap is increadible. I guess that’s not news but it still impresses me. I did the entire gig handheld, with no rig (despite owning a nice Jag35 setup) as I needed to be ultra portable but also tiny to fit in the little gaps on stage.

You can see the photos from the night here: Flickr

House Skate Park

House Skate Park – Pro-Shot.net

This is a short promo video I shot a few weeks ago. Just thrown it together in a quick simple edit.

All shot on 550D at 720p50 and edited in CS5.

Music: Cake – Short Skirt Long Jacket.

Cheap DSLR shotgun mic

A quick look at and audio test of the Shengu SG108 Microphone.

All in all, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It seems to have a pretty continuous hiss throughout and this isn’t due to the AGC in the 550D. It is however a lot more directional than the built in microphone. So I guess if your close up you’ll do better with the built in, if your not close up you’ll do better with this mic.

I should point out, I bought it as a ‘get out of jail free’ card. It’s small and cheap so I can just leave it in my Peli case and it’s there should I need it. I have Sennheiser G2 wireless kits, lapels and also Rode boom mics for normal use.

I did this test mostly for my own knowledge but thought I’d edit it up and share incase it’s useful for other poeple too.

Curtains Timelapse

First usage of my new Intervalometer built into a Battery Grip for my 550D. Lens is my Tokina 11-16mm. Quite pleased with the results of it too.

This is a promo for one of my companies: stage-curtains.co.uk

Meltdown Bingo

This is an old promo video I shot using my Canon XL2. I’m AM going to be re-hashing it shortly adding in some footage shot with my Canon 550D/T2i which using some fast primes tends to get nicer footage in the dark.


Sheffield Uni Video

This is a very recently produced video for Sheffield Uni.

It was a really fun project and I think we really got the best out of the two Canon 550Ds used.

Glidetrack Cover

So here’s my solution to protecting my GlideTrack Shooter SD. It cost me a whole £3 ($5). It’s two bits of pipe insulation (available in any DIY shed or plumbing supplier). The inner diameter of the stuff I got was 13-15mm, pretty much spot on for the SD’s 10mm rail diameter.