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Two new FCPX plugins and a big speed boost to an old favourite skin smoother

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The new plugins keep on coming even though we are starting to enter NAB press release land, which tends to fill up our inbox to the top. A couple of interesting new plugins and a big speed bump to an old favourite.

Let us start of with that update. Lose ten years in one minute. That is the marketing line from Jim Tearney with Beauty Box, the skin smoothing plugin that has just been updated to version 4. Since 2009 this cross platform plugin has become the leader in removing skin blemishes that HD and now 4K show with all their millions of pixels.

The new version has had a speed bump and will provide almost realtime smoothing in Final Cut Pro X. 



"The only complaint we’ve had with Beauty Box has been the speed.” Said Jim Tierney, Chief Executive Anarchist of Digital Anarchy. "By using Nvidia’s CUDA and OpenCL we’re excited to announce that users will be able to achieve real time rendering. Making Beauty Box not only the best digital makeup plugin, but the fastest.”

The plugin normally costs $199 USD, but is on sale for $149 USD until April 30th, 2015. Existing Users can upgrade to one host application for $59.

Jim has published this demo of Beauty Box 4.0 in action running within Final Cut Pro X. You'll also be able to see the plugin at NAB on booth# SL6005.



A new plugin from the FxFactory stable is Hawaii Keyer. this $49 plugin is billed as giving better results than the built-in keyers in such applications as Motion and Final Cut pro X. 

  • Create great-looking mattes and make easy work of fine, wispy hair detail and tricky motion blur. Hawaiki Keyer offers a powerful set of matte extraction tools and includes optional built-in core and outer mattes to overcome even the toughest keying obstacles.
  • Experience exceptional control over spill suppression to tame even the toughest contamination, and choose either the standard Despill operation or the user-customisable Unspill option.
  • Edge Control in Hawaiki Keyer offers unique, powerful and versatile tools for truly exceptional results.
  • Choose from a wide variety of custom views, including a powerful Analysis mode, to help you get the best out of your keys.
  • Use the extensive built-in color correction to fine tune your composite, and add lightwrap for great-looking final results.

The short and long demos do look good, it gives impressive results. Don't forget there is a free trial so you can compare the keys for yourself.



Finally a simple pack of transitions from MotionVFX called mTransition Simple Pack! This $39 pack of transitions for FCPX has 50 different 'simple' animations to choose from.



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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

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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. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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