So just how fast can you build a slideshow in Final Cut Pro X? Doug Suiter from FCPXposure shows us, just don't blink! Plus we run through some free and commercial FCPX plugins that help to build an good looking slideshow.
Probably one of the most common graphics you'll have to build as an editor is the 'lower third.' More tips in this Macbreak Studio on how to roll your own for FCPX
Many more companies are turning to video to help build their business. Jonathan Edwards understands that and uses Final Cut Pro X to make films that get brands exposed on websites & social media. If the images look familiar, that's because Sony picked up his work for for THFKDLF as the background for their media cloud services website.
It's been a quiet few days for FCP news this week in the shadow of the US election. This gave us time to dream about our ideal FCPX edit suite if money was no object.
Slightly later in the week than normal and the victim of a false start (which has been fixed!) Steve and Mark set out to build their ultimate Final Cut Pro X system based on the new Mac Pro.
Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's perfectly possible. When we say Steve goes deep into FCPX this week, we mean it! He discovers embedded apps, one of which will burn DVDs all day long.
When Frame.io embarked on producing their 'Working From Home' series, they didn't realise that they would be testing out a new workflow.
Time to catch up with the set of Ripple Training's tutorials. A lot to go through, from MacBreak Studios to FCPX in under 5 minutes. Plus the odd DaVinci Resolve tutorial for luck.
We got a bit busy over the last couple of days with the publication of our Tour de France article, so time to catch up with Ripple's three weekly tutorial videos.
A couple of new plugins for Final Cut Pro X in the last 48 hours. A collection of celebrational badges and a smashing (quite literally) new theme.
Some hot news that's not off the NAB show floor. Automatically track and censor faces within FCPX, Motion, Adobe After After Effects and Premiere with the new Secret Identity plugin. We are impressed, very impressed.
Did you know you can change the duration of more than one transition at a time in Final Cut Pro?
Ever wanted to have a bit more flexibility when it comes to the storage location of your Final Cut Pro X proxies? This clever trick from Alex in Spain opens up many more possibilities with FCPX proxy workflows.
Need to integrate FCPX with Adobe's After Effects? Chris Fenwick runs through his workflow when using the two apps together and gives us some great tips in the process.
When Final Cut Pro X was launched, there was no place for the FxScript plugin architecture that featured in FCP7. CHV Plugins has just released Text FX V2.0.0, a completely redesigned pack of text effects for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.
If you have any cash left over from buying Macs, iPads and iPhones on Black Friday, then you might like to check out the discounts on plugins from Cineflare
A new Final Cut Pro X plugin from CineFlare this week. It's called Discoloration and provides 40 different light damage effects to stylise video.
Many people asked why didn't we do more tests with the new 16" MacBook Pro on the launch day. We can now explain why, we found an annoying audio bug with Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 and Catalina.
Thomas Szabo at Mindtransplant has emailed us to say that ClipExporter has been taken off the Mac App Store and is now free to download. It's not the end of this handy app for getting clips out of FCPX, it's the beginning of more development.
Want to export a section from a clip (or clips) out of FCPX for use in another application? ClipExporter 2 is now live, new features and it's back on the Mac App Store. Thomas Szabo explains all.
It has been a busy week for codec news. We try to sift through the information, dispel the FUD and come out the other side in one piece.
If you are going to the BVE Show this week, then you will one of the first to see a couple of exciting new tools for FCPX. Codex will be previewing two new colour correction products on their stand.
A detailed and concise explainer on how to transfer Final Cut Pro Libraries between editors.
Color Finale 2 for Final Cut Pro X has been released. Join us with the Commercial Director, developer of CF2 along with Sarah K Euschen on our YouTube live chat at 1800 GMT.
We've reported here before on the news of the Color Finale 2.1 update. It has now been released and available for download: so Oliver Peters took it for a test drive in Final Cut Pro X.
Five years on from the launch of Color Finale for Final Cut Pro X, we have the announcement of the upcoming V2.1 update.
Want to colour grade remotely with a client or colorist in Final Cut Pro X? Now you can with the popular Color Finale 2 Pro plugin running with the new Color Finale Connect workflow extension.
Color Finale has to be the most popular third party colour grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Today, Color Trix has announced that a new workflow extension beta will become available that will allow FCPX editors to grade remotely.
You’ve just purchased a shiny new Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro or Pocket Cinema Camera and are looking forward to the benefits of shooting camera raw. Oops! Final Cut Pro doesn’t support BRAW. Sure, you could use DaVinci Resolve, but you’d rather stay within your preferred editing ecosystem. Fear not, Color Trix has your back.
Color Grading Central have today launched a $69 effect plugin for FCPX that gives a film look to your DSLR footage
A big update to a very popular plugin. Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central has announced the launch of Color Finale Pro for Final Cut Pro X
We always watch closely when Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central launches a new product. He's just released a set of film grades as LUTs called ImpulZ. We also have a 20% off discount code for FCP.co readers.
Yes you read the title right, how to colour correct in FCPX with a roundtrip via Aperture. It's a very long trip, a very, very long trip, but if you must go...
Like it or loathe it, the color board in Final Cut Pro X is the place to go to colour correct your footage. How about being able to control it and apply grades using the keyboard? Steve and Mark explore...
Denver Riddle at Color Grading Central has been teasing us with screen grabs of his Color Finale plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Well today is the launch day and if that's not enough we also have a coupon code for $20 off the purchase price. Excited?
A couple of videos from new tutorial maker Paulus the Woodgnome. Also probably the best colour picker tip for Final Cut Pro X you'll see for a while. We certainly learnt a few things.
Up until now, there wasn't really a way to combine marked ranges, favourites, ratings and roles from different FCPX users together. MergeX, a new $49 application now allows you to do exactly that. Without duplicate clips!
The use of creative LUTs has exploded over the last few years. One company that you might not have heard of was there at the start, Picture Instruments. They've got a new FCPX plugin that allows the mixing of up to 5 LUTs in the Inspector.
Now you can combine the two different exposures videos from your 'Magic Lanterned' DSLR in Final Cut Pro X. Alex Gollner has built a free Motion effect for FCPX that will combine the frames for you.
FCP.co has a table at the evening event at the FCPX Creative Summit later this month and we would love to see you. We also have a coupon code for 50% off the admission for you to get in for just $20.
A slightly different MacBreak Studio Live this month. This time Steve Kantor joins the regulars where they take a look at Avid's Media Composer 6 and how it compares and differs from Final Cut Pro X. It's a good battle!
Philip and Greg at Intelligent Assistance have been very busy recently. They have just released a new application called Change List X that compares two FCPX projects or compound clips.
In this new episode of MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer and Steve Martin talk about basic compositing in FCPX. You might not have a send to Motion feature, so can great greenscreen compositing be done directly in Final Cut Pro X?
Wow, when criticism of a product goes mainstream you know you're in trouble. This video isn't going to go down well in Cupertino, it did make good excellent viewing for a friday though.
With the inclusion of a 10GigE port on the back of the iMac Pro and the emergence of inexpensive 10GigE equipped NAS storage units: how do you connect them together for maximum speed and keep access to your other network devices including the internet?
The first Tuesday of the year and the guys at Ripple have published their first MacBreak Studio of 2015. How can media be in more than one place without doubling the disk space used?
One of the frustrations of publishing Master Templates from Motion 4 to FCP7 was the fact that dropzones and text entry/tracking were the only controls that transferred between the apps. With Motion 5 and FCPX that's all changed, welcome to rig building.
Monogram has announced that you can now control Final Cut Pro through their range of modular control surfaces.
We are always on the lookout for different methods to control Final Cut Pro X as an alternative to our Magic Mouse with its Multi-Touch. These customisable controls from Palette are very different from the normal jog wheels and sliders on existing control surfaces.
Hi, I am Alex, I am an editor and a software developer and recently I released this macOS app, FCP Diet 2.
A new app allows you control precisely which plugins get loaded for use into Final Cut Pro libraries. Enable/disable, make folders and favourites, all with FCPX Manager.
We have been eagerly awaiting the day when we saw the first person controlling FCPX with hand gestures using Leap Motion. Well that day has arrived, standby for FCPX Minority Report style!
Christopher Hills is a young editor living in Australia, he's also an Apple Certified Pro Final Cut Pro X Level One. A great achievement, but quite outstanding when you find out he controls his Mac with just a head switch.
If you ever want to build an adjustable line or shape in Motion for use in Final Cut Pro, there is only one way to get the On Screen Controls to work. In the second part of the series on OSCs, our resident Motion expert, Fox Mahoney shows us how to control shapes in plugins for FCPX. He's also very kindly included a link to the completed template!
***Updated with more information from developers***
You will have to bear with us for this one, but it does look like you can control the color board in FCPX by using gestures on a trackpad.
Andrew McKay very kindly got in touch to tell us about a vey handy free application from Studio Network Solutions. It converts a 'Managed Library" with media stored inside the bundle into a Library with all the media stored externally. A page to bookmark!
Phil and Greg from Intelligent Assistance are two of the brightest guys out when it comes to adding functionality to FCPX, especially in the XML department! So when they sent us information about their new $19.99 app called FindrCat, we were excited to take a look.
Up until now there were two ways to get your FCPX timelines into Motion. Buy an application or painstakingly export each clip out and rebuild it layer by layer in Motion. Not any more. A new web application does the hard work for you. for free.
Moving media, not the easiest of tasks even when using the Consolidate tool inside FCPX. Reference X from Tokyocode is a new $4 app that can copy media and export the original media file paths to a CSV file.Now updated to 1.1.1!
Coremelt have added two new effects to their very popular Slice X plugin that features tracking powered by Mocha. They are also offering a discounted price on the plugin until July the 22nd.
Something a bit different to the average template or bunch of title plugins that seem to get released daily. Coremelt has updated their PaintX plugin for Final Cut Pro X with two new features. There's also a 25% off coupon code as well.
Roger from Coremelt has very kindly given us a sneaky peak at a new plugin that is coming out this summer. PaintX is a tracked paint tool plugin that will work inside FCPX
We have seen it demoed, but today is the official release date for the updated plugin SliceX, the bezier masking tool for FCPX that now features Mocha tracking. We also have 3 copies to giveaway to lucky FCP.co readers!
In the run-up to NAB, expect to see many new Final Cut Pro X plugins. One of these is the just released LUTx from CoreMelt, a $29 utility for the loading of LUTs into FCPX.
Following on from the success of SliceX, CoreMelt has released TrackX for FCPX. Now you can easily attach graphics, name supers or other objects to elements in background footage or replace computer or iPad screens.
We know what you are thinking - "Hasn't FCPX got built in stabilisation?' The answer is of course yes, but is has limitations. Lock & Load from Coremelt can give better results, faster.
CoreMelt Complete is now available for Final Cut Pro X and it's been reduced to half price. Also Red Giant show us why Magic Bullet won't be coming to FCPX just yet.
In the next of the series of FCPX related presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB, Roger Bolton from Coremelt demos Scribomatic and a new tracking paint tool.
Forget clunky keyboards, forget jogwheels and forget vaporware iPad apps on Kickstarter, what we all want to do is control FCPX like Tom Cruise. Could this Glove Mouse be there already?
Everybody loves free plugins, especially when they offer a lot of functionality for no Dollars! Idustrial Revolution have just updated their popular plugin called CoverFlux which now brings iTunes style slideshows to Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Every year, the prestigious Blanquerna School for Communication and International Relations in Barcelona prepares 1800 Spanish and international students for a professional career in Cinema and Television, Advertising, Communication, Journalism and International Relations. And they all work with Macs and Final Cut Pro X.
This has to be tip of the week. A great free resource for making graphics for videos with a few clicks.
Possibly the best FCPX tip you see all week. We immediately got the credit card out and bought this very handy third party application that allows offline transcribing of interviews by creating markers & notes for Final Cut Pro X.
CSV to Motn is an app for creating videos out of data from a CSV file. The app uses data from a CSV file and turns it into motn files, these can then be rendered with either Compressor or a droplet from Compressor.
This time we are going to look a the various options when using the Image Mask effect in Final Cut Pro.
The App Store will begin to accept videos to demo games or applications and these visual references will be the first media that potential buyers see when browsing the store. Apple has published an article with best practices on how to record your iPhone screen and then edit in FCPX. Some Final Cut Pro X knowledge base articles get an update too.
One of the things we enjoy about running the site is receiving news or tutorials about things in Final Cut Pro X that we would never think about. This is one example, a very clever trick for making progressive footage appear interlaced in an interlaced timeline.
When we first saw this video we thought "Why would anyone want to make music in Final Cut Pro X?" Then after watching the tutorial we realised that FCPX has some pretty powerful audio tools built in.
Distributing templates and effects around different machines and editors can be made easy by using installers. Digital Rebellion's Pro Maintenance Tools gets an update that can build installers for custom plugin effects. Good job too as things are going to get even more complicated under Mountain Lion!
Did you know you can take Apple's new 'Live Photos' and convert them into usable smooth video using Final Cut Pro X? Kenny Yin shows us how...
Armand Dijcks very kindly describes how he made the stunning cinemagraphs from images taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station. Final Cut Pro X's optical flow was the tool to smooth the large resolution timelapses.
Explosions, fire, paint, slow motion & 3D 180 - What more could you want? Daniel Fabelo runs through the Final Cut Pro X workflow he uses editing for the popular YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys.
This new app for Final Cut Pro X comes with a story. A joint venture between myself and Philip Hodgetts & Greg Clarke at Intelligent Assistance, Creator’s Best Friend all started from wondering why a YouTube status bar was in sections.
Hot off the heels of their lo-fi photography plugin Carousel, CrumplePop has released their second set of FCPX plugins in partnership with Red Giant. Called Retrograde the pack gives that 8 & 16 mm look to to video. They have also very kindly given us five copies to give away.
A slightly different plugin announcement. CrumplePop has just released AudioDenoise, a third party noise reducing plugin for FCPX. We asked how is it better than the built-in FCPX noise reduction and why? (It is also on special offer for a week at $49)
After 10 days we are back at the column coalface with news from CrumplePop. They have just released an automatic white balancing plugin called AutoBalance. It's on special offer too.
Getting rid of echo and reverb on audio has been an expensive post production option until now. This new $99 plugin from CrumplePop will clean up your audio in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Adding to their successful range of Final Cut Pro X image processing products, CrumplePop have lauched a platinum process effect called Platinotype.
Crumplepop have added to their range of Final Cut Pro X effects by publishing SplitScreen X. Create vertical, horizontal and diagonal split screen effects easily from within FCPX for $75.
High dynamic range seems to be effect flavour of the month at the moment. Crumplepop have released ToneGrade, a $75 template plugin for Final Cut Pro X that emulates the look.
It was funded on Kickstarter and is now ready for download and purchase on the iTunes store. CTRL+Console brings advanced Final Cut Pro X control to the iPad.
It is billed as "The most comprehensive and powerful grading tool for FCPX" CoreMelt has just released Chromatic, a $99 colour grading tool for Final Cut Pro X with wheels, curves and best of all, Mocha mask tracking.
How to have a range of custom timed cross dissolve in Final Cut Pro X, making auditions the same length and animating a logo in Motion to music. Yes, time for the Ripple trifecta of tutorials.
If you haven't done this before with FCPX you need to watch as this method brings a whole new area of creative potential to Final Cut Pro X. Our normal duo show you how to publish Motion parameters.
So your client wants to use one of the supplied Motion 4 templates in Final Cut Pro X. That's no problem, but how do you modify the template to match their corporate colours? Mark Spencer explains all.
Digital Rebellion have updated their iPad note taking application Cut Notes to version 2. A new look GUI, more features and the ability to sync everything in the cloud.
The catchy Reggaeton pop song ‘Despacito’ by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee was the inescapable Summer Hit of 2017. Just 6 months after it was released it became the most streamed song in history, with 4.6 billion plays across all streaming services. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 and stayed at that place for 16 weeks. The song topped the charts of 47 countries and reached the top 10 of ten others.
**The Silent Child wins the live action short Oscar**
When British actress Rachel Shenton started writing "The Silent Child" in May 2016, she could not even remotely imagine that the short movie based on her screenplay would have such a huge impact on people all over the world.
With a production crew of 400 people, a cast of 200 actors and over 2000 extras, hundreds of hours of raw footage shot by several crews on 130 locations, 9 months of editing and 10 months of VFX work, Alberto Rodríguez’ and Rafael Cobos' 12.3 million dollar television series “La Peste” (The Plague) is the flagship original drama production of Movistar+, the largest VoD provider in Spain and part of media giant Téléfonica.
4 weeks after Finnish/English editor Ben Mercer came to talk about his work on this major movie during FCPX World at IBC, the World War II dramaUnknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) has broken the opening weekend record at the Finnish box office, competing with the biggest international film productions in the world.
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