You might have noticed that we have been building a list of free FCPX & Motion effects for download over on our forum. Let's take the thought further though...
We've seen quoted that there were 2.5 million downloads of FCPX within the first few days. True or not, the lower price and ease of operation means that the user base is growing day by day. So is there a need for a central store of the extra available effects you can download for FCPX? We're not talking about motion wrapped plugins here, but custom effects, transitions, generators and templates.
It has been confirmed that Apple is not progressing copyright protection for Motion effects in the near future. This makes the selling of effects slightly more difficult as once downloaded, they can be copied, shared and reposted on websites without any restrictions. - Apart from the annoyance of the author of course!
Another fabulous possibility would be the creation of the 'Apple Template Store." It would work exactly like the Mac App Store but would run within FCPX. Think of having a 'Download more effects' button or being able to browse new effects and install them with one click. How about 99 cents a new transition? This would of course mean that all the effects would have to be checked by Apple before posting and no doubt they would take 30% for the privilege. Encryption by Apple of the effects and selling to a ready made user base would more than make up for it. users would also know that the effect they are purchasing will do what it says on the tin.
That's not going to happen soon if ever , so what are the options as we think that all the FCPX & Motion resources are scattered around the internet at the moment. There's some people out there making some good effects too, one example being the Classic SLR viewfinder from Robbert-Jan van deer Does.
It would be a tremendous shame if these got lost with the passage of time and the proliferation of easy to build superficial eye candy tat.
So in the absence of an official store what can be done? We will continue to add to our list and there are even third parties offering effects although they seem to lack the traction at the moment. Building a store takes a lot of commitment, the moment you start to process money the support emails will begin trickling in and if your products are very moderately priced, there could be a lot of time & interaction for little return. Offering effects free shrinks the email inbox, but you'll still get tech support questions.
So it's over to you, is a free listing good enough? We would love to hear your opinions after all we are aiming to be the number one Final Cut resource on the net!
As a bit of a postscript to the piece, if you find a free FCPX/Motion effect then please post it on the Forum, you don't have to be the originator.
You can upload the effect, post photos and embed a Youtube video (which always helps).