Something we haven't had for a while and that's a brand new book. The Craft of the Cut is billed as the Final Cut Pro X Editor's handbook.
The Invisible Peak is a superb short film about the history of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay Area. Shot and edited by Gary Yost, he has very kindly put together a very detailed description of how the film was shot using stunning time lapses and of course how it was all put together in Final Cut Pro X.
This is an interesting one that got us scratching our heads yesterday. It also looks like we're not the only people who have noticed this strange bug in Final Cut Pro X.
Have you ever wanted to follow your passion by traveling the world as a digital content creator? Modern filmmaking methods and distribution outlets have made that possible.
Were you sad to hear the usual annual meetup wasn't going to happen at NAB 2019? We can break the news that LumaForge has just announced that a replacement Tuesday night event will be held - an expansion of previous year's Faster Together presentations.
A sad day in the Final Cut Pro X ecosystem as a row has broken out over the copying, publishing and selling of a copyrighted product. We won't go into the exact details here, but we will comment on the growing problem of copyright violation.
The third instalment of the FCPX Man Diary catches up with our FCPX newbie as he starts a series of tutorials whilst at 30,000 feet. A smooth ride or does he encounter turbulence?
We are pleased to start publishing the thoughts, findings and humour of a Final Cut Pro X newbie. Called The FCPX Man Diary, it really does start right from the beginning with entry number one.
Time for the second entry in the diary from our Final Cut Pro X newbie. Will the 'FCPX Force' be weak or strong in this latest update?
SliceX, the masking plugin for FCPX was well received when Coremelt released it on to the market in November. The latest update brings the much requested ability to keyframe mask points.
The FCP X TOUR is on cruise speed, traveling across Europe to showcase new ways of understanding postproduction workflows in the digital era. With free workshops, presentations, case studies, software and hardware demos, the FCP X TOUR presents the power of Final Cut Pro X and its ecosystem to everyone involved in media and entertainment.
The Final Cut Pro Tour doesn’t stop! While the videos from FCPXTOUR@IBC are still hot off the press, the new line-up for the next session in Barcelona has just been announced. Jesús Pérez-Miranda tells FCP.co all about it.
On to the second batch of video presentations from the FCPX Tour @IBC 2016. This time we have Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central with the very first live demo of the new Color Finale PRO plugin and Jesús Pérez-Miranda explains what makes the Final Cut Pro X editing paradigm so popular. Get a coffee ready!
Time for the third set of videos we are publishing from the FCPX Tour@IBC 2016. Supermeet keynote speaker Duncan Shepherd talks 360 & Paul McCartney and Alex Gollner takes 360 video underwater!
Time for two more videos from the recent FCPX Tour at IBC. Two completely different presentations, one a large 72TB 3D project and the other from a FCPX veteran!
Two more videos from the recent FCPX Tour@IBC 2016. In these just published videos, we have a documentary series shot on iPhones and a certified Adobe and Avid trainer explains why he prefers Final Cut Pro X.
The last in the series of videos from the FCPX Tour at IBC 2016 and it is all about speed! FCPX Broadcast editor Peter Wiggins talks about using Final Cut Pro X in time pressured broadcast productions and Pierre Chevalier from Softron demonstrates the tools you need to ingest, edit and playout to air.
Well the promo video for the event certainly got a lot of interest. Let's see if the videos of the discussion lived up to the hype.
**Updated with workaround**
Steve Martin calls this new episode of MacBreak Studio 'The Compound Clip Conundrum.' So what's the problem and how do you fix it?
Just as we were packing up for the day, we got permission to embed the FCPX demo reel from the recent FCPWORKS event that was held in Los Angeles over the weekend.
We are very pleased to bring you one of the best Final Cut Pro X plugin construction tutorials you will find online. We are yet to see the building of FCPX On Screen Controls documented in such a detailed manner. Fox Mahoney puts a lot of knowledge and experience into this article that needs to be bookmarked by all plugin builders, developers and advanced users. Plus he's very kindly uploaded the free HUD demo template!
We take a look back at the Final Cut Pro X user stories we posted during 2014 on FCP.co. The year started early with 10.1 and the new Mac Pro, high profile jobs and announcements over the Summer and finished off with some very creative examples of FCPX in action at the end. Enjoy a jolly good read, we did!
As promised, we return with the second part of our look back at the Final Cut Pro X user stories of 2014. It all got very interesting, very tekkie and very, very creative.
We hope you have a large coffee ready this Monday morning as we are publishing all the videos from the recent FCP Exchange event in Los Angeles. Enjoy!
It's been twenty four hours since we started to use the new Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro 10.1. We thought we would post our initial findings on the hardware, the software and the combination of the two. We also publish a jaw dropping video showing just how many effects you can apply to a RED 4K clip without frame dropping. A must watch!
On the eve of the first FCP Tour in Madrid (6th May 2016) Jesús Pérez-Miranda takes us on his journey from Avid, through FCP 6&7 and on to Final Cut Pro X.
It's no secret now that the first major Hollywood studio feature film cut on FCPX is Focus staring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Warner Brothers has just published the first trailer for the film and it looks pretty cool.
At FCP.co we don't really get into slanging wars about which NLE is better, but a recent post got our blood boiling. Rather than pick apart the article piece by piece, we thought we would take a wider look at the matter. We have arrived at the conclusion that there are four kinds of people when it comes to Final Cut Pro X.
When the Final Cut Studio version of Pan & Zoom was released, it gave great Ken Burns style effects in Final Cut Pro 7 and was easy to use too. Noise Industries has now upgraded the free plugin to work with FCPX.
Apple's Motion is now over 15 years old, so time to give FCPX's backbone companion app a little love. In the article below we take a look back, but the live chat will end up looking forward. Where is Motion going next? What features will the next Motion have and what would Motion benefit from getting. We discuss, live on YouTube!
Technology is moving fast, so fast that a French company has built a complete 'shoot, edit and send' newsgathering app for the iPhone. Send the finished story from location, or send the bits back to base to open up in FCPX for finishing.
What does it take to convert a Hollywood editor to Final Cut Pro? in this series of videos we will find out.
What happens when a Hollywood editor uses Final Cut Pro to cut a film for the first time? Here's part two of the journey.
Alex Lindsay, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer present another 90 minutes of MacBreak Studio. In this episode they concentrate on the news, features and problems of the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 update.
Time for the last set of videos from the recent FCP Exchange event that was held during NAB 2016. Making the switch to FCPX, a new Mac based slomotion application and a great large scale use story.
Over the last few days we have been running a series of Dan's free FCPX tutorials. Today we post the last four in a collection of thirteen. Subjects include blend modes, transitions, keyframes and creating still frames.
It's a pretty slow news day unless you want to watch a Sesame Street FCPX remix or a Gorilla with a GoPro. An ideal opportunity to post the last series of Final Cut Pro X color grading tutorials.
Want to log on set on an iOS device or in a browser and then have all the keywords imported into Final Cut Pro X ready to edit? The Lumberjack System is a clever and quick way of first logging and then getting all that data into FCPX.
The Mac Pro and the 10.1 update to Final Cut Pro X are now over a year old. So using the same jobs as benchmarks, how far have we come with the combination?
We don't really need an excuse to do an FCPX tutorial roundup; they always go down well on FCP.co. However, we haven't done one for a while so that's a good reason to catch up.
It's the beginning of May, a solid date with no timezones or seasons to get wrong around the world this time! Also a good excuse for a roundup of the latest FCPX tutorials.
The guys at Lesspain Software have done a lot of listening to clients wishes. Their new version of Kyno contains a lot of new features and upgrades from user feedback. We are quite excited about the upcoming Frame.io integration. ***Patrick Southern demo video added***
We have all used the On Screen Controls in Final Cut Pro X to control plugins- but how are they built? In this first part of a series of articles, Fox Mahoney takes a look at how OSCs work and how to incorporate them into effects.
An hour and a half on the new features in the 10.0.3 update of Final Cut Pro X. Plus another episode where Mark and Steve build a slider, but maybe not the slider you think...
At the recent Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, Neil Smith from LumaForge explored the new Mac Pro's speed and its storage options. He also demos the new networking option in town, one that we are getting very excited about.!
We had the pleasure of spending a day at Timelime TV with Pierre Chevalier from Softron. The idea? To test out new workflows on shared storage for fast turnaround TV production. We also post one amazing video that's not to be missed!
Later on in the day (for those of us on the east of the puddle) we will see the availability of the latest macOS High Sierra. We all like upgrades, are there any things we should know first? (Slight hint-yes)
Now that the dust has settled from Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) we take a look at what the keynote speech announcements mean for us Final Cut Pro X editors. The new macOS might prove to be very interesting.
Following his two very successful previous manuals, Edgar Rothermich has released a graphically enhanced manual for Compressor 4.
The presentation videos from FCP Exchange at NAB 2016 have gone down very well, so time to post the next four! Media management, Final Cut Pro X power tips, colour grading and a great case study.
We publish the next there videos from the recent FCPWORKS event. Rune Hansen (Azteca case study,) Alex Grossman from Stornext and Daniel Tapie from Softron are all up on the stage.
We continue with the series on the new Mac Pro. Episode three and the boys are testing out the FCPX performance on the shiny new Mac Pro.
There's not much about metadata that Philip Hodgetts doesn't know. He's put together this quick trip around how Final Cut Pro X reads, displays and generates metadata.
***Updated with link to hard copy on Amazon***
The reaction to Edgar Rothermich's first FCPX graphic manual was immense, it has sold many copies since the launch. Now he's produced a second book, Final Cut Pro X -The Details.
Online tutorials are great, but some people prefer a hard copy to learn from. We take a look a the best books for the Apple Pro Video Apps.
As top tens are always popular here on FCP.co, we decided to put together a 'cardinal listicle' for the best applications that work with Final Cut Pro X.
This is a very brief first look at the some of the key features of FCPX from the viewpoint of the professional editor. Not the data wrangler, not the media manager, not the one-stop shop, production-company-in-a-bedroom. The cutter.
First of all we would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our readers. Secondly we thought it would be a good time for a brief look back at the most popular articles of 2011.
There's now a lot of books published on Final Cut Pro X, so using Amazon as the rank provider, we thought we would publish the top ten FCPX books out there.
It has been a very busy year in the life of Final Cut Pro X in 2012. Lots of updates, lots of new plugins and of course training courses and books. We thought we would take a look at the best selling FCPX books of 2012.
Has a year really passed since we took a look at the top selling Final Cut Pro X books? It has, we are older, greyer and have a new winner as well as some old favourites and a few surprise entries.
The fastest way to get news these days is from Twitter. But who are the best people to follow when it comes to Final Cut Pro X?
Given two weeks, everybody can edit a piece on FCPX. That's a completely different matter when you've only got a couple of hours before you need to deliver or broadcast your edit. Ten great FCPX tips from Peter Wiggins to help everyone.
So the big news is out and FCPX 10.3 has been announced. Thomas Grove Carter has put together his top ten new features in Final Cut Pro X 10.3
A few months on from the release of Final Cut Pro X, we thought we would take a look at what you can do or need once you've bought FCPX. Content, tutorials, books and videos all await.
Yes, the 3D text in Final Cut Pro X is amazing, but it is not a one-click solution to getting good looking text. We take a look at ten tips that should help to make your words on screen look good and avoid some common mistakes.
If you are a professional editor, at some point you will find yourself editing away on location. Peter Wiggins gives us his top tips for hotel room editing.
We published yesterday that Final Cut Pro X 10.2 would accept Sony FS7 XAVC L files without the need for the Sony XDCAM plugin. We were right, but there is one essential piece of information you need to know and one large 4K sized problem.
Tuesday afternoon means one thing, a brand new episode of MacBreak Studio! We pick it up where we left off with the boys exploring their ultimate Final Cut Pro X system in more detail. We also publish their FCPX (10.1) presentation from the recent LACPUG meeting. Grab a coffee!
***Updated with link to hard copy version***
What a brilliant idea from Edgar Rothermich, build a manual for Final Cut Pro X that is light on text and heavy on the graphics. We like this a lot because as Edgar correctly states with the phrase 'A picture is worth a thousand words.'
After the last few days exciting news about Final Cut Pro 10.4, time to look back at more presentations from the recent FCPX World in Broadcast event. We present a Spanish show that switched to FCPX after testing all the NLEs and a presentation from Frame.io's lead integration engineer.
On its own, FCPX cannot edit and output a 3D master. However, coupled with Resolve in the middle to do the 3D heavy lifting, it performs rather well. Here's how Matt Brading did exactly that on his latest short film.
Editing is a lonely business, us editors rarely mix so that's why we spend so much time on the internet! Want to hear five top editors talk about their hope for the new version, their concerns, and how they are preparing for the impending change in editing technology?
What with IBC around the corner and summer holidays happening, it is a slow news day here on the FCP.co campus. We were saving this for Friday but thought it might lighten up a dull Tuesday. NSFW
A treat this morning. No new products, no plugins, not even a new lens flare pack, just some great examples of 4K RED work that has been post produced in FCPX. Grab a coffee (you will get thirsty) and enjoy!
Another day, another new company to the market with plugins for Final Cut Pro X. Pixel Film Studios have three new plugins to add custom looks to your footage.
It's certainly new plugin Monday here on FCP.co and we have to thank Andy Mees for releasing three free plugins to download. They all work on FCP7 & FCPX, Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
There are many products out there that claim to help you edit faster. For us, nothing helps more than a dedicated keyboard. We have had an Editors Keys FCPX keyboard on review for the last three months.
Pixel Film Studios have released another three new plugins for Final Cut Pro X this month. We take a look at all three and offer our registered users a chance to buy the products at a discount. We all love discount codes don't we?
They are coming thick and fast from Pixel Film Studios. In the last week they have launched three new FCPX plugins called Produb, Prosnow and Proframe.
Being back in the office after the Mac Pro's three week excursion on broadcast jobs means we can catch up with things. There's three great podcasts to listen to for a start!
It is good to see new tutorials being made in another language apart from English. Atsushi Matsumoto has posted three text tutorials for Final Cut Pro X, all especially for Japanese editors.
We're pretty sure we've used the London bus analogy here on FCP.co before, but products from different manufacturers do seem to be released in batches. This time it's Tiffen with an FCPX friendly upgrade to their award winning pack of filters.
Tiliam research has taken the technology from their standalone stabilisation app called MotionBend and released a plugin for Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
Two bits of good news. 3D and VR plugin developer Tim Dashwood has joined Apple. Not only is that good news for FCPX users, he has also made his existing plugin products free.
Organising media is very important when you have a lot of files in FCPX, especially when you need to navigate to the clips you require quickly. If you do a long edit job over many days, then building time sensitive Library Smart Collections might help. A lot!
Adam Schoales has a regular job every year of putting together a short 'highlights' film of the last night of the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, he thought he would do a screen capture of the 10 hour Final Cut Pro X edit process - and then speed it up to 10 minutes!
Steve Martin has been out shooting timelapse sequences in San Francisco. So what is the easiest workflow with FCPX? You might be surprised to find out that an old app resurfaces.
This week's Ripple trio of tutorials (or should that be triple Ripple!) will show you a very handy assignable shortcut, how to replace a sign in Motion and the trick to getting silky smooth slow motion in FCPX.
There's some new functionality between the recent 10.0.7 update to Apple's Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X. Most interesting is the assignment of tracks from Roles.
There are many ways to boil down an interview so that it makes the most sense and comes out at the right duration. Slavik Boyechko has an ingenious method to transcribe his interviews to make life easier.
This little piece of software was bought to our attention by a post on our very popular Forum that seems to be growing day by day. This free XfcpX app will get your Canon MXF files into Final Cut Pro X.
We love seeing what the Ripple Training guys release next as they come up with very innovative products for FCPX. Their latest plugin is called Jumps.
Are there big differences in trimming between Avid and Final Cut Pro? LA-based editor Josh Beal compares the two NLEs.
We all copy and paste sections of timelines in Final Cut Pro X. Micha Blazer's discovery of a cheap app called Copy'em Paste turbocharges the CMD C & V keyboard shortcuts right in FCPX. It's a great find!
Hyperlapses seem to be the flavour of the month in TV production. So how do you use your DSLR to shoot one on location and then edit them in FCPX?
Well it is a big claim to make, but maybe with Final Cut Pro X, half an hour is really all you need to get enough instruction to edit & publish to YouTube. This new free 25 minute tutorial doesn't hang around...
This is a long article, but the project itself is fairly simple. I hope you are able to stay with it and develop a project for which you can be proud and learn something new while putting it together. The font is already made and free. All you have to do is put the pieces together! While you put this together, I hope you will appreciate how all the parts fit together perfectly; there’s no need for dealing with anchor points or other issues with alignments. Using font “icons”, vectors, text, etc. is a great, and easy way to build 3D animated illustrations.
A selection of tutorial videos that show what is new in Final Cut Pro 10.5.3 and Compressor 4.5.3.
Arctic Whiteness, the guys behind the popular Final Cut Library Manager application have just announced VideoTweet. Upload video directly to Twitter from FCPX.
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