Phil Peel

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New Final Cut Pro X is out..

Posted by Phil On December - 19 - 2013


The new version 10.1 of Final Cut Pro X came out yesterday.    I haven’t tried it yet as it can only be installed with the new Mavericks OS X Mac operating system. So I’ve got to install that first.    It’s not a good idea to upgrade your programs when in the middle of an edit so it’s very convenient that I’m in between major projects.  I usually hold off doing a system upgrade until there is a good reason to do it. But I reckon a faster edit system is a good reason.  So I’m doing a big backup of everything before I jump into the OSX system upgrade.

So I’ll let you know how I get on.

Main FCPX changes seems to be  in Media management.

Projects and events are now contained within libraries, so there’s a single place for all your work. You can manage multiple productions using separate libraries and easily edit across libraries using the Library sidebar.   So you can open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need. And you can configure Final Cut Pro to automatically back up libraries to a custom location.

You’ll have to allow FCPX to convert all the events and projects to the new system before they can be used in Final Cut 10.1. However, media files are fine and don’t require updating.

“Event Manager X” can be a help in upgrading Events and Projects. To get everything where you want it ….and it’s now free. To find out more,



What’s New in Final Cut Pro X version 10.1

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1 adds the following features:

– Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
– Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
– 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
– Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
– Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
– Option to import camera media to locations inside or outside of a library
– Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
– Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
– Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
– Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
– Non-rippling retime option
– One step Replace and retime
– Custom project frame sizes
– Through edits displayed on all clip types
– Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
– Detach audio with Multicam clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately
– Make video- or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
– Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
– Ability to roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
– Option to hide the Event browser to gain more screen space for viewing
– Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
– Used media indicators on source clips
– Improved performance with large projects
– Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
– Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
– Option for the linear animation with Ken Burns effect
– Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
– Import photos from iOS devices
– Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
– Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
– Effects parameters, fonts, and text size included in XML metadata
– Improved support for growing media and edit while ingest
– API for custom Share operations using third-party software
– FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
– Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution

Final Cut Pro X is available in the Mac App Store for £199.99. The 10.1 update is free for current customers. [Direct Link]

For anyone using Final Cut Pro X this could be a godsend.  When you have finished editing a project and want to archive it, FCPX has all sorts of unnecessary files, which take up a lot of space. I have 20 terabytes of storage …and I’m still running out of space.  If you have copies of the camera card original files then FCPX  probably has made large Pro Res files, Render files etc. that aren’t necessary for archiving. It is possible to go through and delete the files manually, but it’s a pain.

x-Wiper from Norwegian developer Helge Tjelta does this all automatically. The idea is to remove everything that can be recreated again. It’s only about £12.



Here’s Helge’s description from the Apps Store

“You can choose to delete: render files, proxy files, high quality media files and optical flow files. All of which can be generated if needed later.  Only folders of more then 100MB will be checked for deleting by default.

You just don’t want to archive to much data. So this app will help you clean up your Disc, SparseImage, Movie folder or SAN location. You can toggle all on/off, by using the header for each type of files.

An example: A film shot with a Panasonic AG-f100 camera, makes AVCHD folder of 8,7 GB. On importing to FCPX you get a new 8.7 GB just on the import. This is you extracted original recording. But were are still in H.264 land of codecs. You want to use a more power friendly codec, and you do a transcode to ProRes for editing/online. Now you have a transcoded folder of 60 GB!

Add to this, your renders for both events and projects. Now, if you duplicate you project and have, say version 1, version2 etc, then you quickly get some GB’s per project, depending on how long the movie will be… Just say 2 versions and 5 GB each..

So, you started with 8,7 GB and ends up with over 80 GB when the project is finished….. how then to get back to what you really need for you archive ? Instead of manually choose all projects and event and remove render files, just use X-wiper and drop you main-folder onto it. Now you can delete all render files, and transcoded files and more, in one go.”


Sounds really good. I’ve immediately bought it and  will use it to archive  my last project “John Lennon’s Turd”

Though I think it will be a bit scary using it for the first time.







John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.



On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?


…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..



“Love” selected for New York Bootleg Film Festival

Posted by Phil On August - 28 - 2013
Our film “Love” has been selected for the New York Bootleg Film Festival showing at the Tribeca Film Centre on the 19th September.  Well done to all the crew, cast and writer!

Love – trailer – 50 Kisses from Phil Peel on Vimeo.


Here’s how and why we made it