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OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” is about to be released to the public. All the Intelligent Assistance apps required updates to support the new OS, so be sure to update your apps in the App Store before you upgrade to El Capitan!

Apps from our own store have also been updated. Each of the non-App Store apps has a Check for Updates… item under the app’s main menu. If there’s a new version available it’ll download and install itself for you.

Lumberjack System’s Lumberyard and backLogger apps have been updated for El Capitan. Download from within the app before upgrading to El Capitan. The iOS Logger app has been tested against iOS 9 and requires no updating.

If it’s September, it’s time for IBC – the kinder, gentler, European version of NAB! In 2013 I made my first exploratory trip to see if we should attend IBC and had few commitments. Second trip last year and Lumberjack shared a table at the Supermeet with FCPWORKS.

This year we’re once again teaming with FCPWORKS and Soho Editors by being part of the FCP X Expo. It’s a short walk from the RAI and Greg, Cirina and I will be there most of Saturday and Sunday, until we head to the Supermeet.

If you’re at IBC, come say hello at the FCP X Expo which will be the center of all things Final Cut Pro X at IBC, or at the Supermeet. We’re happy to talk about Lumberjack System, or any of our Intelligent Assistance tools. I’ll be helping Sam Westman with his Feature Film Workflows session at 12:50 on Saturday the 12th September.

Join FCPWORKS’ Sam Mestman on a crash course in feature film metadata prep and on-set workflows. Sam will also co-present an enhanced documentary feature workflow with Lumberjack System’s Philip Hodgetts. Shoot for the edit and maximize the potential under-the-hood of Final Cut Pro X

I’ll be focusing on how Chuck Braverman Productions used the transcription feature we built into Lumberjack System on their two OJ Simpson documentaries for the A&E Network. We announced Lumberjack’s ability to import transcripts into Final Cut Pro X at NAB. In fact we had worked closely with Braverman Productions to make that feature work for them. I’ll be sharing their story.

Grab a Lumberjack pouch from us there, or stop by our table at the Supermeet and we’ll give you one of these usual little pouches there.

Throw in at least three Lunch with Philip and Greg recordings while we’re there (although I think one will be an evening “lunch”) and it’ll be a busy week.

Particularly since I also want to record a couple of The semiSerious Foodies episodes (coming soon) in Amsterdam (Dutch pancakes and Filet American) as well as in Barcelona where we’re heading first.

All with my “fits over my shoulder” production kit!


Episode 69 of The Terence and Philip Show has us discussing how we adapt to change, as change is inevitable.

Peter Wiggins is a freelance editor who has been using Final Cut Pro for broadcast since 2003. He runs the successful FCP plugin website iDustrial Revolution and he is the force behind

Peter WigginsPeter joined us for lunch in San Jose during the recent FCP X Creative Summit. (more…)



Why I’m a 4K Convert for Acquisition!

For the Lunch with Philip and Greg project we shoot 4K and extract 1080 out of the larger image (or scale the image down). Working on the edit of the next to be published, this very moment shows why I find a big advantage in 4K for acquisition.

Why 4K is great

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You can see from the multicam thumbnail why I wanted to crop this image, even though the shot on Greg is the best choice for that moment. And yes, cutting around eating is one of the early challenges of this project. We’re developing better strategies as we gain experience.



Technology only moves Forward

In a new blog post Seth Godin makes the point:

Any useful technology that’s successfully adopted by a culture won’t be abandoned. Ever. (Except by top-down force).

The technology might be replaced by a better alternative, but society doesn’t go backwards.

I could not agree more. The value in knowing is to adapt quickly to changes to better position yourself for the future.



Why did we change the name of Xto7?

Peter Wiggins of asked me why we changed the name of Xto7 for Final Cut Pro to XtoCC.  Here’s my answer.


Although Final Cut Pro X’s initial release was four years ago today – June 21st – the story starts much earlier for me. Much more significant was the NAB 2011 preview that completely killed our software business for a couple of months, and even before that, with the speculation leading up to Apple’s formal release of a fresh approach to what a modern NLE should be.

There are important lessons from our experience.


The small production kit I used on my recent family history video shoot was featured on Larry Jordan’s Digital Production BuZZ on June 19.

It’s not that often that I’m in front of a crowd any more, but there are a couple of presentations coming up where I’ll be featuring Lumberjack System: San Jose SupermeetUp, FCP X Creative Summit and a week later, San Diego FCP Users Group. The two presentations will focus on my long-standing passion for Content Metadata and how that saves time and money with Lumberjack System and Final Cut Pro X.

While I can’t save you any money on the Creative Summit, follow this link to save $5 on the SupermeetUp ticket and come get a free pouch when you say Hi!  We’ll also answer any Intelligent Assistance app or Lumberjack questions. Latest word is that Alex Gollner will be interviewing Randy Ubillos, the Chief Architect of Adobe Premiere versions 1 through 4.2 and Final Cut Pro leading up to FCP X.

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