If 2017 made you want to run into a movie theatre and hide, you aren't alone. Luckily, it’s been an exceptional year for the moving image. The Toronto International Film Festival looks back at the moments that helped us maintain, find hope, and transform the way we see the world through film.
Is it possible to apply audio fades to a group of clips all at once in FCPX? Yes, from the 10.3 update, batch cross dissolves between multiple clips has been possible, just a GUI bug gets in the way.
First article of the New Year and it's one that a lot of people have asked for, real statistics on the Apple Pro Video Apps running on a new iMac Pro. Ben Balser had a new machine arrive just in time for the holiday break. He gave it a good test, it's fast, but it's not all great news.
There hasn't been one for a while, possibly because the 10.4 update came out slightly later than expected, but.. Here is the latest Final Cut Pro X Virtual User Group video recording.
Completely inspired by a great thread on our popular Forum, we take a quick look at some of the lesser-known, but still important new features and improvements in the FCPX 10.4 update. You did know you could do GIFs from the timeline didn't you?
The updates we have been waiting for are finally here. We take a look a the new features of Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor and put the software through some tests. We publish information on the new features, the test results, the recommendations and the gotchas.
A few lucky individuals have had the opportunity to test out the new iMac Pro before the official launch. Vloggers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison give their first impressions of the fastest Mac ever built.
It's nice to follow up our collection of free tutorials with the news of a new Final Cut Pro X training course. Jason Cox has announced five and a half hours of FCPX training on Pluralsight
It should really be called 'Novemeber's big tutorial roundup' seeing as we are only just in December, but still a good title for a list of great learning resources. Let's hope we can get another one in before Christmas!
AC/DC, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Metallica, David Gilmour, Duran Duran, Placebo, Dixie Chicks, Zipperface, Beyoncé, Björk… You name them, James Tonkin has worked with them. In this extensive interview, he talks about the gear he takes on the road to shoot and edit concerts of the world’s greatest bands, and about his new high-end post house in London. A good read for anyone who is interested in camera gear and post production technology.
Near-live broadcast editing is one of the craziest jobs in our business. You constantly work under high pressure, ingesting, organizing, editing and finishing you program while the event is still going on. And your edit needs to be ready to air as quickly as possible while you have to comply with the highest quality standards. This requires a well-oiled team of very experienced people using hardware and software that is both fast and absolutely reliable. Because there are no excuses.
The new color tools in the coming FCP X update look very impressive. They will undoubtedly incite more people to stay right within FCP X from start to finish. But they will also offer new opportunities for third-part developers to add extra functionality to the enhanced grading functions inside FCP X.
In this presentation from FCPX World at IBC, Christian Petterson from VGTV Norway explains why they exclusively use Final Cut Pro X to produce hundreds of hours of content each year for different online and linear television channels, including a 24/7 news channel.
We continue to publish the videos from The FCPX World event at IBC. And we start off with two highly anticipated presentations.
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.
KeyFlow Pro is a simple but powerful media asset manager, designed specifically to meet the needs of small to medium workgroups. It delivers a wide range of features at an affordable price through an intuitive UI.
Straight out of Mountain View, freelancer work website Upwork has placed Final Cut Pro X in the top ten fastest-growing skills in Q3 2017. We are not surprised as the growth in video on social media has meant video literacy skills are now essential.
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.
We've just got back from the Apple Presentation that's part of the FCPX Creative Summit and we have some great news about 10.4 to share. New colour tools including wheels & curves and 360 tools built in.
FCPX World at IBC 2017 was a great experience. For the third year in a row, the Spaces building next to the Amsterdam RAI was the epicenter of everything related to Final Cut Pro X at IBC. The Club Room at Spaces was converted to a pop-up television studio where high-profile professionals from all over Europe and the USA came to showcase their work with FCP X.
Idustrial Revolution has just released a new set of plugins for FCPX based on animating thirds. XEffects Viral Video Thirds builds 'on trend' big, bright and dynamic videos. There's also a special launch price of $39.
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.
Ever wanted to sit in an editing class at a local Public Access TV station? Eero Johnson has very kindly published his FCPX session from a recent meeting in Bellingham, Washington where he took his students through FCPX, starting from the very basics.
We love to test hardware and software here at FCP.co. So when a new backlit Astra Final Cut Pro X keyboard from Logickeyboard arrived, it didn't stay in the box for long.
Two items that get talked about a lot, but how about them both working together? Felipe Baez has put together a tutorial on how Final Cut Pro X can work in a collaborative way with proxies stored in the cloud.
Tiliam research has taken the technology from their standalone stabilisation app called MotionBend and released a plugin for Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
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)
Will the Kaby Lake version of the new MacBook Pro impress the editor of the site enough to get the company credit card out? Will FCPX get a performance boost? You will have to read to find out!
Without a doubt, proxies within Final Cut Pro X make life a lot easier when dealing with larger formats. Those are internally generated though, so what about relinking original media to camera generated proxies? Slavik Boyechko explores...
We are very excited to announce that as per the previous years, the organisers of the 2017 Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit have very kindly helped us organise a free draw for an event pass. Checkout the video between Peter Wiggins and Jeff Greenberg where they detail the draw and talk much more about FCPX. Grab a coffee (or beer!)
We have mentioned Worx4 X on here before, but this example should give you an indication of why this app for Final Cut Pro X (now priced at $44.99) can pay for itself with a click
We will waste no time and post part two of Jonathon Williams' popular article on shooting and editing (on FCPX of course!) a daily blog during the Red Bull X-Alps race.
Would Final Cut Pro X be up to producing a daily Vlog following a participant on the Red Bull X-Alps adventure race? In the first of this two part article, Jonathon Williams tells us his story of how he, his camera kit and his NLE coped with such a grueling task.
The community behind FCPX is like no other NLE. An example of this is the help filmmaker Emmanuel Tenenbaum received when editing his short film 'Sans Plomb.' The film has just been awarded a Staff Pick on Vimeo to go along with its many film festival showings.
A few months has passed since part one of the review of the QNAP TVS-682T. So after further tinkering and testing, how did it perform and will I be buying one?
Need to get a lot of still images from moving media? One of the spinoffs from using a DAM is the ability to easily process such time consuming tasks. Georgia Dawson looks at how Kyno helps streamline that process. Kyno has had an update to 1.3 and is on sale too!
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.
Frame.io for us has been a revelation. Every client we have shown it to has commented that the online service is a very easy and professional way of sharing video work. So when there's an opportunity to hear the founder of Frame.io Emery Wells talk, we had to listen.
Thinking of buying a new large or widescreen monitor to go with your new MacBook Pro? Then this article is a must read- not only great advice, but Brian might save you money as well.
Patrick Southern talks about how to create subtitles for FCPX using Subvert. Subvert allows users to create titles from SRT files so editors can cut foreign language interviews with ease. Subvert also allows users to generate SRT files from any Title subrole in Final Cut Pro X.
Idustrial Revolution has used the power of Motion's 3D text engine to develop a plugin for Final Cut Pro that can build dynamic 3D video walls with ease.
Want to know more about the state of each of the NLEs in the industry? This forty minute panel discussion with some of the top industry commentators is well worth a watch.
Staying within FCPX, you can only 'gather up and copy media' which isn't ideal. At the recent Faster Together stage at NAB, Chris Steele from Marquis Broadcast demonstrated Worx4 X that copies and trims media saving a lot of disk space.
Subtitles, love them or hate them, they are an essential part of constructing a programme for domestic or international distribution. Jan Willem den Bok has written a plugin that speeds up the process of building subtitles in a show on an FCPX timeline.
We always like to help the smaller plugin producer and this is no exception. Trevor Davies or as you might know him better, VFX Nut has a bumper pack of plugins on offer.
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.
By now, we are sure you are familiar with Bradley Olsen's documentary about FCPX called 'Off the Tracks.' Now is your opportunity to help get this film finished by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign. And yes, there are T Shirts!
It has been a long six years from that day in June 2011 when everybody opened up FCPX for the first time. Many updates, over 2,000,000 seats sold and a growing ecosystem later, things have changed. A lot.
It's a quiet time for the FCPX community, so an ideal time to give a small plugin developer a bit of help. A new pack of Lens Filters from Jon Belew with a discount for FCP.co readers.
How close can you edit video to it being captured? The answer is about five seconds from live using Softron's MovieRecorder software. Pierre Chevalier edits his own presentation on FCPX whilst giving the presentation. Get your head around that!
Major 1.8 update to KeyFlow Pro enhances collaborative workflow in Final Cut Pro X
KeyFlow Pro 1.8 has just been released. Ryan Velin and Mads Larsen Nielsen from Metronome Productions in Denmark give us a first look at the update which includes the FCPX collaborative workflows by dragging and dropping.
The last few World Wide Developers Conferences have been a bit 'meh'. Not so for today's 2017 conference from San Jose. A new macOS, Kaby Lake updates to the MacBook lineup, talk of an FCPX update and of course the announcement of the awesome new iMac Pro.
We have the next in the series of presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB 2017 and this time it is about the helpful media management tool, Kyno.
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.
Ever wondered what it takes to make a weekly web series? Steve Martin at the Faster Together Stage at NAB 2017 takes us through the recording and post production of MacBreak Studio. (On FCPX of course.)
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!
Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X. 10.3.4 is now available on the Mac App Store. No new features, just bug fixes.
The 'Master of Metadata" Philip Hodgetts presented FindrCat and FindrCat Pro at the recent Faster Together event at NAB 2017. See how the applications can take metadata out of FCPX and into the finder.
A complete smorgasbord of tutorials in this roundup. Something for everybody from the basics in FCPX and Motion up to some advanced graphics building.
NAB 2017 was a blast! This year, LumaForge had the opportunity to host both the Faster, Together Stage at the Courtyard Marriott and our Workflow Suite on the 59th floor of the Encore hotel. We also participated in the FCPX Guru Gathering, the Colorist Mixer, the SuperMeet and even threw a party at the Encore.
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!
While we wait for the rest of the FCP X Tour videos from NAB to get posted, here’s a last but certainly not least video from the FCP X Tour Barcelona. We couldn’t publish it sooner because some of the projects mentioned were still under NDA at the time of the recording. We hope you will enjoy the video presentation, but first some background information:
Again, like 2016, most of the interesting news for Final Cut Pro users actually happened outside of the NAB show. Coremelt announced two new products that are in beta. Scribeomatic for automatic transcription of dialogue and Chromatic, a colour grading plugin with built-in tracking.
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.
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.
We reported on the release of FindrCat back in November. Now Phil And Greg from Intelligent Assistance have released FindrCat Pro. This is an in app purchase in FindrCat that now keeps FCPX metadata when round tripping through Finder.
We have had English graphic manuals for Final Cut Pro X 10.3, we have had a German graphic manual, so we thought it's only fair to mention the latest manual update for French editors.
Everybody hates boring tutorials, sometimes the best way to teach is to keep everything concise and to the point. Bill Davis' refreshed XinTwo tutorial website is nearly up to its 100th 'micro' FCPX video lesson.
The debate is over, it looks like we won't get a feature packed update for the pro apps this side of NAB. All the pro video apps have had an update today along with a few new features included for FCPX, Motion and Compressor.
Gabriele Weßling has published a Final Cut Pro X graphic 'how to' manual for German readers. Priced at €17 for the PDF, it is suitable for beginners and experienced editors.
We have always been big fans of the client review service Frame.io. So we are especially pleased to see a big update to the online based client review and comment service.
Updated with interactive multi-touch iBooks link
What has been the most popular book on learning how to edit with Final Cut Pro X? A 'graphically enhanced manual' from Edgar Rothermich helped many people understand the simplicity and complexity of FCPX. Now a new version for FCPX 10.3 has been released.
Today, March 24th is the theatrical release of Bokeh, an independent feature about a young couple on holiday in Iceland who wake up one morning to find that everybody else has disappeared. The co-writer/director and editor Geoffrey Orthwein takes us through the post production of the movie on Final Cut Pro X.
Robin Moran publishes his last part in a series of three articles on how to handle large sized camera media in Final Cut Pro X. This time he's describes what's changed in FCPX 10.3, what has been fixed and also supplies a very handy resolution cheat sheet.
The increased use of video on social media has seen a rise of the “square video” format. As we’re seeing more of this type of video around the web, we asked Chris Roberts to look into it for us and explore how we can use Final Cut Pro X to “squarify” our edits.
More and more people are consuming videos on mobile devices withe the sound off. This new set of FCPX plugins helps annotate 16:9 and square videos online to get the message across.
Time for the last instalment in this reference series of articles for filmmakers. Part five is all about collaboration with colour, VFX and audio departments. We finish with how to deliver your film for theatrical release & display.
We welcome Einar Johnson from Pixel Bokeh Productions who very kindly let us publish his story on how his company edited a highlight reel during the course of a corporate conference. Of course, FCPX was one of the stars!
A new app from Marquis Broadcast allows users to media manage FCPX Projects to just the media used on a Project timeline. We take the WORX4 X beta for a quick spin. (Spoiler- We already think it's great)
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!
Director Juanjo Giménez very kindly answered our questions about the post production of Oscar nominated live action short film Timecode. It was his first movie project on Final Cut Pro X and he was keen to try it out!
Brian Cassin goes in to great detail about how he efficiently edits a gameshow on FCPX. By using Final Cut Pro X and Lumberjack to pre-edit a season of High School Quiz Show, he saves hours, if not days of edit time.
Lesspain has just announced an update to their media managing software Kyno. The 1.2 release focuses on transcoding, FCPX integration and more format support. There is also a 15% off coupon code until the end of March!
Need a reason to watch the Oscars on February 26th 2017? The Spanish film Timecode directed by Juanjo Gimenez and edited on FCPX by Silvia Cervantes has a good chance to win out of the five entries on the Live Action Short shortlist.
A developing story, but software developer Wes Plate has joined Apple as a Product Designer, with the Pro Apps team we are assuming.
Back in March 2016 I took a prototype Jellyfish portable started storage unit out on the road for a broadcast Final Cut Pro X edit. A few months later, I took a shipping model out on another high pressure, quick turnaround broadcast job. What’s new, what's changed and how did it perform?
Apple has announced a discounted bundle of Pro Apps for educational users. Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3 are available for just $199.99 for educational use.
Time for the first Final Cut Pro X Virtual User Group of the year, number 9. If you missed it live, we have embedded the show and the after show videos.
Continuing our look at Final Cut Pro X for Premiere editors, Chris Roberts takes a look at the different editing techniques you can employ. There are some big changes and Chris gives you the information you need to know to get up to speed.
On to part four of this masterclass in filmmaking and it's a bumper issue! Sam Mestman and Patrick Southern this time talk about group workflows and finishing. As always, lots of info and great tips. Possibly a two cups of coffee article.
Here at FCP.co, we are all too familiar with the advantages of a Final Cut Pro X workflow. But, as FCP X becomes more widely used throughout the production industry, we thought we’d dedicate a little space to helping those familiar with other NLEs get to grips with our favourite editing platform. We asked Chris Roberts (who’s both an Apple Certified Trainer and Adobe Certified Instructor) to help Premiere Pro editors draw parallels with FCP X.
A round of updates to the Pro Apps for January. All three video applications get bug fixes and one very important change of behaviour in Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2.
Time for part three of Sam Mestman and Patrick Southern's very popular series on the workflow, techniques and tips needed in getting a 5K feature made, from shooting, right through to distribution. This time it is all about editing in FCPX and they also include a rundown of essential third-party tools.
We publish part two of Sam Mestman & Patrick Southern's popular workflow series. This time they look at setting up Final Cut Pro X ready for editing and using tools to organise footage within Libraries. As always, lots of very detailed & valuable battle tested information for film makers.
Patrick Southern and Sam Mestman take us on a detailed walk-through of the workflow involved in the post production of a feature. We start with part one, on set where the capture of logging information is essential to cut time and costs in post production. With the first part containing over 4000 words of wisdom, this series will be the 'go to' post production reference for future filmmakers.
XML is an acronym that gets used a lot in editing and the transfer of media in the FCPX ecosystem. But what exactly is XML?, how is it used and how can you begin to understand the power of the plain text language? Workflow experts Philip Hodgetts and Greg Clarke start with the basics of XML and explain all.
Following on from Dylan Higginbotham's very successful Fantastic Beasts and Rogue One movie title recreations in Final Cut Pro X, he's back with great tutorial. This time he builds the Assassin's Creed movie title in FCPX.
In his presentation at the FCP X TOUR Barcelona, David López walked us through the NLE testing process they went through for Salvados, a hugely popular prime time TV show in Spain. Moving forward from FCP7 they considered Avid and tested DaVinci Resolve, FCP X and Premiere Pro CC. They finally adopted Final Cut Pro X, and David explains why exactly the other NLEs were not selected. Video included!
During the FCP X Tour in Barcelona we had the pleasure of having a live FaceTime conversation with Marc Bach in California. Hegives an honest opinion about FCP X 10.3 and tells us why he thinks that some of his colleagues still don’t want to hear anything good about it. Videos included!
If you attended the FCPX World event in London last month, you would have seen Thomas Grove Carter, James Tonkin and Rory Cantwell/ByronWijayawardenapresent on stage. Three Final Cut Pro X demos that we can now publish on FCP.co. Not to be missed!
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