The BBC adopts Apple’s Final Cut Pro X

“The BBC has chosen Final Cut Pro X as its NLE for news editing, but this is the tip of the iceberg as the move to FCPX is spreading fast across other departments,” Peter Wiggins reports for “Today we have official BBC confirmation courtesy of friend Richard Atherton:”

After a successful trial period BBC news cameramen/editors will be upgrading to Final Cut Pro X from FCP 7 for their news gathering field operations. A full roll-out throughout all the English regions is expected next year. The initial ER training was devised and carried out by Richard Atherton ( one of the first Apple Certified Trainers way back in 2003.

Further trials are ensuing within other divisions of the BBC and, aside from it’s widespread use on The Culture Show, FCP X is about to be deployed for several other productions within the BBC including several popular daytime shows. Richard Atherton says: “I’ve had a tremendous response from the BBC editors I’ve trained, all of whom have expressed surprise at how fast and versatile editing with the system is. Converts within the BBC are growing rapidly.”

Read more in the full article here.

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          1. I’m sure you’re correct, I wouldn’t know. Having lived in America for so many years, my only exposure is occasional period drama on PBS, and the weird BBC America they put together for the folks of the West hemisphere…

            1. BBC World News, also.

              BBC is slowly being privatized, commercialized and debased. Of course, if Scotland votes Yes! in a couple of weeks it can become the EBC- English Broadcasting Corporation. I am hoping the Scots tell the Tories to go pound sand.

    1. I would have found it hilarious too, had it appeared on the BBC site; since this is (a private blog of a FCP fan), I am just mildly amused (and also a bit annoyed at the preponderance of poor grammar and spelling in the general blogosphere…).

  1. And on the subject matter, it is nice to see FCP X validated in a more conspicuous way. All this time, since the initial release three years ago, professional film and TV editors have been publicly complaining about lack of functionality, compared to FCP7, and how this new version was no longer aimed at them, but at wedding videographers and amateurs. It seems that BBC took their time to run a pilot project, thoroughly evaluate and test the workflow, and based on the number of enthusiastic converts, decided that FCP X is indeed a professional tool after all (go figure!?).

    Perhaps some of those Hollywood types who took one brief look in 2011 and immediately started looking at Adobe (or Avid) might take a longer, more closer look at FCP X.

    1. Truth be told, the initial version was missing many valuable tool and techniques and was no where ready for prime time. Apple’s biggest mistake was canceling FCP7 immediately in the face of the disastrous launch. No feathers would have been ruffled if FCP7 was not cancelled, but instead waited until FCPX was mature enough to be used professionally.

      I hated the file management of FCP10.0. Now its fine.

      1. I agree about the FCP X. However, nothing happened to FCP7 when X was released — it continued working exactly as it did before, and you could even still buy it if you wanted.

        There was no way Apple was going to split their development team into two groups, one being responsible for making up new features in FCP 7, the other for FCP X. So, FCP 7 went into end-of-life mode, with just basic maintenance and support.

        1. Agreed, however, Apple stopped all sales of FCP7 when X was released. It was not until much later that they relented and started selling FCP7 again.

          Pros, who needed more FCP 7 seats (because X was unusable), were out of luck at the time, and PISSED.

        2. More importantly there was no “upgrade path” for projects. FCP X simply could not open FCP 7 projects.

          For some that means keeping long-term or recurring projects in FCP 7 forever. Pros hate to have key workflow tools dead-ended. That’s what this was.

          Leaving behind the old is sometimes important for tools (especially software). So I’m glad they started over. But they could have produced an import utility for legacy project s(perhaps they have by now?)

          1. Very true part of the hate equation as well. A third party developed “7 to X” to covert project over but it does not covert everything and what it does convert is not perfect. I did a small project and had to spend lots of time fixing text and effects. I am one who will need to keep a FC7 system running as converting my old, long projects will be dreadful

      2. Everything David wrote is true…

        “Apple’s biggest mistake was canceling FCP7”

        And it should be noted that after the “whiners” got vocal about this Apple made available for sale again. Predrag misses the point in that professional studios can’t just “keep using it”, they need to be able to buy copies for new workstations.

        Apple’s second biggest mistake with FCP X was in not releasing project migration tools. This meant not only that some people couldn’t migrate over until downtime, but also any project templates had to be recreated. For my company this was pretty significant.

        The third biggest mistake was in not releasing 1.0 as a preview. I think most real pros would’ve been amazed looking at it and direction where Apple was going with it. That’s much different from saying that the FCP 7 is no longer for sale, and FCP X (or the competition) is the only option for new workstations. Faced with immediate decisions needing to be made, a lot of pros looked at migrating to Premiere as the easiest option.

        I hope Apple has learned from all of this and makes better decisions in the future… I’m looking at you Aperture. Specifically in keeping their customers informed so that when staying with Apple is the best decision, they have the information needed to come to that decision.

        That’s one of the things Apple eventually got right with FCP X. Shortly after its release, they responded to feedback and gave a roadmap for when missing features would be implemented.

        They should be as forthcoming with iPhoto/Aperture->Photos.

    2. The primary reason, “those Hollywood only who took…,” was simply ECONOMICS.

      If a business had invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for hardware, software, training, experience, etc., to jump to a new paradigm, would have been suicide.

      As evidenced by what companies have spent on Microsoft Office and how little the program is actually used (7 in 10 office workers barely use Microsoft Office anymore*), even the brightest of companies, management and users are extremely hesitant to change. No matter how much it could save them. No matter how better the alternatives are.

      Just look at how long it is taking PC’rs to…


  2. The BEEB blew though billions on several massively failed IT projects based around Windows pc’s. It took them twenty-plus years to realize that their operating system of choice was actually more appropriate for Fisher Price toys than a modern media environment.

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