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Isn't it About Time We had a Free Effect Friday?

We all love free effects and our #FreeEffectFriday posts are always popular, so why not? As it's a Friday, here's a collection of some great free FCPX effects!

If you want to stay on top of the latest free effects, then make sure you take a regular look at our busy Forum. Not only is it a great place for help with FCPX, it's also the original list of free FCPX effects on the internet.

We start with a couple of amazing 3D templates that replicate the look of an old LP and a much newer CD.

Both templates have been designed by the very talented Pielle.

PinkMania: 3D free generator (LP & sleeve)

Download PinkMania. You will have to tweak the Generator to get your own album covers in.


CD: 3D FCPX Generator

Following on from Pielle's LP template, his son asked him to do the same, this time for a CD and case.

Download CD: 3D FCPX Generator. This plugin has drop zones for the CD artwork.


Vertical Video Fixer

FCP.co Forum Moderator Karsten Schlüter (who we all owe a big thank you for policing the spam) has posted a vertical video fixer.

Download Vertical Video Fixer 3 - Now with onscreen controls!



Karsten is also the author of a free watermarking plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

Download Watermark


Quick In-Out Revealer

Forum member Tapio Haaja has put together this very handy logo animation tool.

Download Quick In-Out Revealer


Bloxx Title Generator

Finally, back to the very talented Karsten who posted this 3D title generator at the end of last year.

Download Bloxx Title Generator


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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