Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

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.







“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

The Beatles White Album

Posted by Phil On June - 10 - 2013

My copy of the famous Beatles White Album. ..a numbered early …but not very white ..any longer… copy. This is a crucial element in the storyline of John Lennon’s Turd. My thinking is that there should be no copyright issues with a white cover. I also understand that there are no copyright issues with using the name of a band, but the lyrics are a different matter.  Apparently one author had to pay over £500 to use one line from “When I’m 64” in his book.

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It’s been fascinating looking through all my old LPs.  I have at least 400. I think some of them are quite rare. I’ve discovered I’ve got an early version of The Who sell Out with Poster which was a limited edition of only 500. So maybe I can sell it to help finance the film.  That would be nice.  🙂

More info on the film on our Facebook page

Editing standing up. Is this weird?

Posted by Phil On June - 7 - 2012

Years ago I remember seeing a TV programme about Walter Murch editing Cold Mountain on Final Cut Pro. But what I thought was really strange was that he edited standing up.  Obviously a bit weird.

I thought no more about it until recently when I saw a BBC Horizon documentary : The Truth about Exercise.

One of the points it made was that sitting is a killer. ..or to be less sensational and more specific,  sitting for long periods  will shorten your life.  …and that got me to thinking.  What am I spending most of my time doing at the moment? Video editing and script writing.  Both very sedentary,  or in other words ..lots of sitting down.

In my youth, I was always convinced that the world would blow itself up in a nuclear war. I never expected to get past 30, so I’m somewhat surprised to still be around decades later. As I get older I’m also more aware that the end of my life is getting closer,  So the Horizon statistics about the number of days of your life that you will likely lose, due to sitting down, begin to assume a greater relevance.

I’ve been nervous about exercise after breaking my rib last autumn, whilst doing pull ups on a doorway and the bar fell off. Yes I know that’s illogical. But my subconscious has got it fixed that exercise = months of pain.

Anyway after seeing the Horizon documentary 3 months ago, I reorganised my edit suite. I have the Macbook Pro up on an Icurve laptop stand on top of high ( kitchen style) worksurface. So it’s level with  the other monitors.  ..and I’ve been standing up whilst editing or writing over the last 3 months.

..and it’s great. Admittedly my feet get a bit sore after 12 hours or so. Today I’ve been using it for 8 hours. But I’m sure it better for me. I think I’m losing weight.

I use an ancient Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard, that is hideous  against the sleek looks of the Mac, but is far kinder to my wrists.

Here I’m I’m using it for scriptwriting. So the keyboard of the Macbook is a convenient rest for the printed script. For rewrites I  print out and write notes on the pages. Incidentally I’m using Scrivener to write with, which I’ve found is really excellent.

..and here I’m using it for video editing using FCPX.

On the right hand side is a wireless mouse and Wacom tablet. On the left is a Contour control shuttle.  So I can zoom in an out with the left hand, whilst using the tablet/mouse simultaneously with the right hand.

The second keyboard underneath (on the rolling table) is for the separate PC and monitor on the right. So I can look up stuff on the Internet (I’m still learning FCP X) without disrupting the main editing or writing.  Though I have to admit it can be a bit distracting at times.  ..pause whilst I check Facebook 🙂

One disadvantage of this is that I occasionally use the wrong keyboard when using the PC, which can mess up the main edit on the Mac.

The Macbook Pro also has a dual port ESATA adaptor running into 16 terabyte RAID array.

Here’s an interesting article about working standing up


3 months  ago