Join ex FCPX product manger Steve Bayes, Sam Mestman, Ronny Courtens with host Felipe Baez on our live chat on YouTube. We welcome Steve and Ronny to FCP.co and talk about what we expect from IBC 2019.
We are very pleased to welcome Steve Bayes to FCP.co as a regular contributor. Steve up until a year ago was the product manager for Final Cut Pro X, so although he can't talk about future FCPX plans, we look forward to him sharing his 30 years of post production wisdom with us.
"When I would tell you have to pack everything you need for a year to live, produce and deliver a documentary series from the road into a 4WD and a camper trailer, would you call me crazy or jump at the opportunity?"
We are very excited to publish the first part of Carsten Orlt's amazing Final Cut Pro X user story. Making good documentaries is hard enough, but working from a mobile base adds another level of hassle and complexity!
Dušan Sekulović got in touch with FCP.co to tell us about a music video he produced. Inspired by old black and white films, he explains how everything was edited and composited in Final Cut Pro X.
Another workflow extension for Final Cut Pro X and this time it is all about training. iJustine in partnership with Ripple Training have produced a beginners course of lessons for Final Cut Pro X.
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!
The Final Cut Pro X ecosystem grows again with new workflow extensions. They are similar, one for SNS storage systems to browse content and another for Cantemo Portal, the shared storage Media Asset Manager.
Brad Olsen, the producer of the FCPX film 'Off the Tracks' has announced that an abridged version will be available on YouTube at 8PM tonight (BST) Midday PDT. We have embedded the video so that it's ready to watch!
Emmanuel Tenenbaum's excellent short film Two Dollars is this week's Vimeo Staff Pick. It was edited on Final Cut Pro X on a 2013 MacBook Pro.
When broadcast transmission deadlines are tight, you need an NLE that's fast and robust. John Matthews describes his Final Cut Pro X workflow that enables him to deliver quick turnaround shows to the BBC with ease.
There are many online tutorials for Final Cut Pro X, but only a handful that are written & printed. If you prefer a hard copy, Rick Young has just updated the longest running FCP book on the market!
When we heard that Michael Kammes had moved to Bebop Technology, we were very curious to find out more about its online virtualisation of edit machines. He's very kindly told us what Bebop is, how it works and answers the question 'Could FCPX be virtualised'.
Want to know the latest news about the FCPX Creative Summit? Felipe Baez hosted three guests live on YouTube to talk about what we know and what we might see at the Summit. (Especially from Apple!)
We are very pleased to announce the dates for the 5th FCPXCreative Summit 2019. The best event for Final Cut Pro X during the year.
Edit a feature film in 8K on Final Cut Pro X? Who would attempt such a thing? Patrick Southern for one and he has kindly documented his ingest, dailies and proxy making workflow.
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.
At WWDC today in San Jose, we got the first glimpse of the new Mac Pro. We now know what it looks like, how powerful it is, how to connect to it and how it can be upgraded.
We are very pleased to announce that FCP.co will be reporting from WWDC in San Jose next week. In fact we will be at the Keynote presentation and the State of the Union presentation. We can’t wait!
Have you ever wanted a director or journalist to be able to build rough cuts for FCPX without having to run the app itself? AVScript is a simple web app that allows the creation of rough cut projects that can be imported into FCPX for finishing.
A user story very close to our heart at FCP.co. Winston Cely describes how his pupils at a school are using Final Cut Pro X to tell their stories. He also tells us how custom music gives them more freedom and choice for their productions.
Apple today announced speed bumps to the 15" and 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro models, including an 8 core model for the first time. The keyboards get an update as well, but the prices for the models remain the same. They have also announced extra repair cover for existing models with butterfly keyboard mechanisms.
Some people say it does, some swear it doesn't matter, but now we have a definitive answer. Also we post the one click tweak that can really speed up FCPX.
Want to buy a new Mac to edit with Final Cut Pro X? Can’t decide between an iMac Pro or a beefy MacBook Pro? Here are a few thoughts that might help. The conclusion might surprise you.
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.
Two Oscars in two years in the best live action short film category for Final Cut Pro X. This year's winners took to the Faster Together stage to talk about how the film was made, including a live demo from the editor of the Skin timeline in FCPX.
Hot off the press from our friends, Felipe Baez and Jasper Siegers, is the announcement of the acquisition of FCPX collaborative tool Postlab by Hedge.
An odd combination, but one when you read the article below, all will become clear. We post the pictures from the first Faster Together event in Las Vegas and post a free Final Cut Pro X plugin that was used for the quick-turnaround edits on the night.
Final Cut Pro X libraries can grow in size, especially when you have a lot of proxy media or use Optical Flow. This $2 app quickly slims libraries down by removing unwanted files.
You might have read between the lines over the last month and worked out that FCP.co will be at NAB this year. We have setup a WhatsApp group and have a few discount codes that might come in handy.
EVR X is an inexpensive app that turns EXIF camera data into keywords for video files in Final Cut Pro X. They can then be searched, sorted and even turned into Smart Collections.*UPDATE* ProRes, ProRes RAW and DNxHD available for Atomos recorders.
The developers of KeyFlow Pro 2 have released seven new tutorials on how their MAM works. Of special interest to us is the integration with Final Cut Pro X and of course the Workflow Extension.
Today Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.6, Motion to 5.4.3 and Compressor to 4.4.4. Apart from converting incompatible media formats, this looks like a big set of bug fixes. iMovie gets an update too!
Somebody said that the news on the run-up to NAB was quiet. Not any more, two announcements today and the second is an upgrade for users of Frame.io.
If you use Lightroom or Photoshop, then you are probably aware of Loupedeck, a custom control surface for image editing. Now those buttons & wheels can directly control FCPX.
What is the quickest way to create heavily graded footage in Final Cut Pro X but protect skin tones ? We think we might have found the answer with Picture Instrument's new $47 plugin called Warping Wheels.
Time to sift through the recent FCPX tutorials to bring you the ones of interest. A job that's getting harder by the day as there seems to be more and more tutorials being uploaded for Final Cut Pro every day. We list the good ones!
The first day of Spring, but time to cast your mind back to January. The LACPUG had a special night where Apple and Frame.io presented the new features of 10.4.4 to the audience. The video of the presentation has just gone live!
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***
As NAB draws near, the announcements start. Three of the speakers who will present on stage at the Faster Together event have just been announced. It is going to be well worth attending!
We have covered different sized proxy generation here before on FCP.co, but not with this level of control and ease. Alex Snelling shows us how easy it is to make very small file sized proxies using Keyflow Pro - and have them link back up to the original media with a click!
When we saw John Matthews' comments on social media about using an Apple Trackpad and Final Cut Pro X, we had to know more. He's very kindly put together his findings on the Trackpad in words and a couple of great video demos.
Idustrial Revolution has just released a new set of plugins for building grid slideshows on an FCPX timeline. They are on special offer at $39 for the launch, down from $49. Half-hour BTS video posted as well!
At the recent LACPUG meeting, one of the guests on stage was tech reviewer and vlogger Jonathan Morrison. A big FCPX fan, watch how he discovered how fast it was to edit when compared to a colleague's NLE.
What happens when you combine Apple's native 3D SceneKit and FXPlug? You get Eneo3D, a new $60 plugin that allows you to import animated 3D models, light them, subject them to physics and of course use them in FCPX.
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 year on from Oscar winning film The Silent Child, another FCPX edited entry called Skin is in the last nominees for the 2019 best live action short film. Ronny Courtens spent time with the editor, Yuval Orr.
Shamir Allibhai told FCP.co how the Simon Says workflow extension for Final Cut Pro X can auto translate subtitles into 50 languages in seconds. Pretty Impressive.
What did you think you were going to do today? If like us, you start watching this excellent end to end Final Cut Pro X film editing masterclass, you'll find yourself still at your computer an hour and a half later. This detailed, fast paced demo is essential viewing.
Well, it has been a slow January for news (that we can publish) so we thought we would post this video that we came across on our YouTube explorations. Don't shout at the screen!
It's a small update with a few bug fixes, but Apple has just released Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.5
The team behind the visual programming environment Vuo have just announced the capability to turn Vuo compositions into plugins for FCPX.
How would you like a free 14 part set of tutorials demoing Frame.io? You are in luck, the guys at Ripple Training have just published a comprehensive set of videos on exactly that.
If there was one technology improvement over the last six months that was directly relevant to editors, it's the use of eGPUs. We have assembled a few videos to explain why.
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.
When the new workflow extensions for Final Cut Pro X were announced, only three were mentioned in the initial PR. The 'speech to text' transcription service Simon Says is the next one released and we are sure it will create a lot of interest.
A busy few days for everybody! Apple's video Pro Apps all get an update and the fourth FCPX Creative Summit takes place. We have corralled the videos from the past week with multiple languages and multiple opinions on the update!
The 2018 FCPX Creative Summit is nearly upon us, FMC has just announced the keynote speaker for the event. With over 5 million subscribers on YouTube and more on other social media channels, Justine Ezarik AKA iJustine will be starting the event off.
We have covered making smaller proxies in Final Cut Pro X and sharing those with a remote editor a few times before. Jordan Smith takes it a stage further and streamlines the workflow into a quick & simple process.
When Mike Matzdorff hits a workflow roadblock, he goes looking for an alternative route. What he recently discovered was not only a new low cost transcription service, but a job at the company as well!
Rusty Earl returns to FCP.co with another great Final Cut Pro X user story. This time, a story made with a shared workflow with student editors. How did it work and how did they get around project slow downs?
Instagram Stories are popular at the moment, so making eye-catching content is essential to stand out. In this tutorial Leno Porto takes us through building a template especially for Instagram.
Getting a voice to sound good to balance against music for example, can be a bit of a challenge. Yes there are built-in tools with FCPX, but they can require constant tweaking. Accusonus has just added a $59 one knob controlled voice leveller to the their range of audio plugins.
There's always a question on blogs, Facebook or Twitter on how to make a series of stills look good. This new FCPX set of plugins from Idustrial Revolution enables the building of a stylish scrolling display of stills or video.
MacOS Mojave was released on Monday and one of its lesser publicised features is easier external GPU support. Michael P Schmidt burnt the midnight oil testing out an eGPU with Final Cut Pro X. Prepare for a performance boost!
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.
When given the task of cutting a 34 angle multicam music show in Premiere Pro, Shahin Shokoui accepted the job but decided to move the project over to Final Cut Pro X. After a successful edit, he then converted the final cuts back.
We have been to the previous three and can tell you first hand, if you are interested in Final Cut Pro X, this isthe event of the year to attend.
Roger Bolton from CoreMelt has announced the release of PaintX, a tracking paint tool for Final Cut Pro X. There is also a special offer until the 8th of September.
FxFactory is a plugin publishing platform that's home to the largest collection of Final Cut Pro X plugin developers. As there is a 20% store wide salecurrently running, Dylan from Stupid Raisins 'crowdsourced' an article together from a selection of plugin writers. Sale ends September 4th 2018!
A new free app from Jasper Siegers allows editors to store Final Cut Pro X Libraries in the cloud with version control to facilitate better collaborative workflows.
Leno from LenoFX has very kindly put together this tutorial for FCP.co. He shows us how to build a Motion template to get more likes & subscribers on YouTube.
A few years ago, you needed an expensive OB van to cover a live event, even for editing and transmission later. This can now be accomplished on a table top and of course Final Cut Pro's speed helps make it the obvious choice of NLE to get inserts edited for playout. Florian Decker shares his FCPX/K2 workflow on the Globus Marathon in St. Wendel, Germany.
A 54 minute film made from another person's YouTube channel? How could this be possible? First of all you have to find a channel with lots of content, then you use the power of keyword ranges in Final Cut Pro X.
It's Summer, a quiet time and many people are away from their edit stations- an ideal time to do a tutorial roundup! We feature how to build effects, workflow suggestions and even a free 21 episode Final Cut Pro X course. Grab a large coffee and let's go!
When Apple added captions to FCPX, the most regular question about them posted on forums was ‘How do I burn them in on export?' You couldn't then, but now you can with Caption Burner, a new plugin from FxFactory.
If you've been reading FCP.co over the last year or so, you will be very familiar with Off the Tracks, the film about the birth of the new NLE from Apple. The film has been released today and is available for immediate download. We have a discount code as well!
Ronny Courtens takes a look at the new update to Merge X - An application for Final Cut Pro X users that allows the merging of events without loss of logging data or duplication of media.
Getting information over to the viewer in a stylish way can be difficult. Quote Pop from Stupid Raisins is a set of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that displays quotations as professionally designed animated titles. There's also a $10 off offer available!
Two new exciting hardware releases, Apple announce 2018 MacBook Pros with speed bumps & 32GB of RAM and Blackmagic release an accompanying eGPU to accelerate professional software.
It's quite simple. Stop what you are doing, make a large coffee and watch these two videos. Never before has Randy Ubillos, the creator of the original Final Cut Pro and FCPX, gone into so much detail about the history of NLE software development. We publish the two part recording of Randy's chat with Michael Horton at the recent LACPUG 18th birthday anniversary meeting.
Lesspain Software has updated their ingest and media managing tool Kyno to 1.5 and it includes new features for FCPX users. There's also a new premium version available for more complex workflows.
If you are anywhere near Los Angeles next week, then you must attend the 18th anniversary of the LACPUG. FCP & Premiere creator Randy Ubillos and original FCP team member Tim Serda will be interviewed by Michael Horton. Bradley Olsen will present the debut of 'Off the Tracks' the crowdfunded documentary about FCPX. There's a coupon code as well!
Apple gave us a 7th birthday present with a minor Final Cut Pro X update. 10.4.3 is mainly a bug fix including a correction for the 25 FPS MXF problem.
Where were you seven years ago today? We were huddled over a laptop scratching our heads looking at Final Cut Pro 10.0. Things have changed a lot since then and now we have a stable, mature NLE that competitors are having to copy.
When the first Graphically Enhanced Manual (or GEM) for Final Cut Pro X was released, it proved to be an ideal learning tool for the new NLE. Now the author, Edgar Rothermich has updated the manual again for FCPX 10.4 (10.4.2 to be accurate!)
We have reviewed a QNAP desktop shared storage NAS before on FCP.co. This time we look at the TS-453BT3 4 disk unit from QNAP with 10GigE and Thunderbolt 3.
Need quick, good looking text titles in Final Cut Pro X? Simple Pop from Stupid Raisins might be the answer, a set of 27 modern, clean FCPX title plugins.
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.
If you have been following the progress of "Off the Tracks", the documentary film about the birth of Final Cut Pro X, you will be interested in hearing from the film's producer, Brad Olsen. He takes us through 2 years of hard work on the film, from the initial idea up to the imminent premiere at LACPUG.
Want to look into the future of editing? Well, you can with this 20 minute demo of Lumberjack Builder from Philip Hodgetts. Watch how he creates an edit by dragging and dropping parts of transcripts together from interviews. Very clever. There's also the offer a free month of Lumberjack too!
Another great video from the Faster Together stage at NAB. This time it is Duncan Shepherd's turn and he runs through his 360 video editing tips, with heavy emphasis on FCPX, his choice of NLE.
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.
If there is one person that can tell you about the success of Final Cut Pro in Europe, it is Ronny Courtens. Essential viewing for anybody who works in post production, whatever side of the pond you live.
Did you know there was a standalone Vimeo app for Final Cut Pro X that installs a new custom export destination? No, we didn't either and this new video featuring Tohm Sansani from Vimeo explains all.
We hate losing stuff as having to do anything twice is a waste of time and money. Matt O'Shea gives us some tips about sorting media, saving Libraries and has a free set of folder icons to download that will help get your media organised.
We have done very little HDR to date at FCP.co towers, well to be honest, none. However, we do know somebody who has edited in HDR in Final Cut Pro X. Marc Bach gets us up to speed quickly with his recommendations about grading within the new extended dynamic range.
Time for another presentation from the Faster Together stage at NAB 2018. This time Steve Martin takes to the stage to run through his favourite FCPX tips. Learn how to use Secondary Storylines, Gap Clips, Audio Roles and much more to your advantage.
Next up in the series of presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB is Josh Beal. He thinks it is time for Hollywood to reconsider Final Cut Pro X as a viable editing platform.
If you need to know about exporting from FCPX to provide a file that can be played in cinemas, you'll know about the difficulty and expense of making a DCP. Now easyDCP has launched a pay-as-you go service exporting out of FCPX with the easyDCP Publisher Bridge.
If there is one person who knows about colour correction in FCPX it is Denver Riddle. He's published a free 12 minute crash course designed to show the new colour wheels and curves in 10.4.
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