What do OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 and Peter Wiggins, the FCP.co Editor-in-Chief, have in common? They are both multi-hyphens that do a lot of work. Peter recently had the opportunity to do a review of Flex 8 – and when I read it, I was struck by this interesting revelation about the multi-hyphenate artist / entrepreneur and the latest hardware release from OWC. Each of Flex 8’s three primary functions is a kind of symbolic representation of one of Peter’s works. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to a man who has had such an indelible impact on the industry.
An editor first
First and foremost, Peter is a professional editor. For over four decades, Peter has been a professional in this industry, and has started editing 1 ”linear tape. Lots of formats and editing systems later, Peter continues to do jobs for such outlets as the BBC and Channel 4 in England (Peter is based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK, in the heart of England, about 16 miles north of Birmingham.).
What every editor needs more than anything else (except an NLE, of course) is hard disk space. Flex 8’s ability to have up to eight drives (that’s where you get “8” in Flex 8), configurable in various RAID arrays, makes it an excellent partner for a veteran editor like Peter.
Undoubtedly, Peter’s great editing experience contributes to his success in the other two “hyphens”.
Peter, plugins and PCIe slots (oh my god!)
One of the hallmarks of Final Cut Pro X is the rich and broad plugin architecture. Through App Store purchases, or via the FxFactory plugin market, Final Cut Pro X allows editors to greatly expand their power and feature sets.
From simple and free plugins that are as simple as providing the ability to easily grow or shrink images, to more complex color sorting series, the Final Cut Pro X plug-in ecosystem offers a sea of possibilities for FCPX editors.
It’s just that Peter is a software developer and co-founder of Industrial Revolution, makers of the popular XEffects plugins for Final Cut Pro (7 and X), After Effects and Motion.
Peter started the company back in 2006, during which time he has been able to maintain a lean team of designers and engineers who are experts in using Apple technology. I have no doubt that if you are a Final Cut Pro X user, you have at some point come across one of Peter’s plugins.
Just as Peter’s plugins extend the functionality of Final Cut Pro X, the Flex 8 PCIe slot can do the same for the computer setup.
Blog and Dock
Ten years ago in December, Peter could not find any suitable resources for news about Final Cut Pro. So he created one. FCP.co is one of the leading blogs and forums for everything related to Final Cut Pro. Editors from around the world are being “linked” to the site to increase their knowledge and power; or get in touch with other users via the forums.
Similarly, the third and final feature of the Flex 8 is the versatile dock. While FCP.co lets you connect to the Final Cut Pro community, the Flex 8’s dock gives you the ability to connect to a variety of devices, including Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort, USB-C and USB-A. Do you need an SD 4.0 or CFexpress card reader? They are on the front for easy access. You can even turn on and charge your MacBook Pro when connected to the Flex 8.
I admit it. This last connection between Flex 8 and Peter is a bit tense. Admittedly, my analogy breaks (just a little). But the overall message and theme still holds: this artist and entrepreneur with several hyphens has contributed quite a bit to our industry through his various disciplines. In the same way, you will find that Flex 8 will be a significant contribution to your arsenal after production.
The 3 most important reasons why you should also be a multi-dash
I hope you get away from this profile of Peter Wiggins inspired to go your own multi-dash journey. There are three reasons why you should:
- Financial fulfillment: first and foremost, it goes without saying that having multiple disciplines that can bring you income is always an advantage, especially in times like these. It’s similar to diversifying your equity investments. The more you are, the more financial stability. (It is especially nice if one of these subjects can earn your passive income as Peter’s plugins)
- Creative fulfillment: Investing your time in various creative endeavors can also be creatively fulfilling. Speaking from my own personal experience, I love the fact that every day I could record and produce a podcast for one client, write a blog post for another, and shoot and / or edit a video for a third. It allows me to practice several aspects of my art, and each feeds the other.
- Career insurance: nothing is certain in life except death and taxes (and sometimes not even taxes). The more skills you have, the more “insurance” you will have in your ability to apply for different jobs and open up more opportunities.
You may think to yourself that it’s too late or that you’re too old. If that’s your mind, let me remind you that Ridley Scott was 42 when he made his first recording “Alien”, and he’s still strong at 82! Find a hobby to get started and sign up for any number of online classes (free or otherwise) to get started. And if you have a Flex 8 by your side, there is no limit to the different disciplines you can perform, knowing that you have all the expansion, connection and power slots you need.