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3 New Free Plugins for Final Cut Pro on #freeffectfriday

It has been a long time since we had a #freeeffectfriday!  Let's fix that by publishing links to three, free great effects for Final Cut Pro.

 

First out of the gate is a plugin that was inspired by a user here on our Forum. Ben Balser was looking for a free star rating title plugin for Final Cut Pro, but couldn't find one. So our sister site, Idustrial Revolution sprang in to action, and a few hours later, an XEffects Five Star rating plugin was born.

Fully customisable, you can toggle ratings in half-star increments, change the position, size and colour. Dig deeper into Motion if you need more customisation or to change the icons.

Download XEffects Five Star Rating title plugin for FCP here.

 

 

Steve Martin and Mark Spencer recently covered blending modes in FCP on their YouTube channel. That episode led to the clever idea of building a plugin that shows all the blend modes at the same time in a grid style.

 

You can download the RT Blend Modes plugin for FCP here.

 

Ben Halsal has been cracking out the Final Cut Pro and Motion tutorials at a fair old pace. This is from a few weeks back, but we thought we would include it in the list. It is a plugin that helps with text wrapping in FCP.

 

You can download the Easy Text Wrap plugin for FCP here

 

If you want more free plugins, don't forget we have a large section right here in our Forum.

 

 


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

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.

FCP.co

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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