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Why Vuo based plugins might replace Quartz Composer plugins for Final Cut Pro

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Boy did we touch a nerve when we suggested that Apple wasn't interested in keeping Quartz Composer alive. What we didn't realise at the time was Kosada had already spent two years working on a replacement! So why is this news to FCPX editors?

We reported last week about the sad lack of attention that Apple has given Quartz Composer over the last few years. We also didn't realise that Christopher Wright who was employed by Apple to work on QC had been moved away to work on Core Graphics.

Luckily, software company Kosada saw the QC decline coming a while ago and had already started to develop a replacement visual programming language, it's called Vuo. Which all our Finnish readers will instantly know in their language means 'flow' as in 'data flowing through cables.'

It's not released yet, but their website has published a roadmap which lists some very interesting future developments. One of them is a node set for 3D vector graphics which when wrapped up into a plugin could allow for the manipulation of 3D models in FCPX and Motion5. Another interesting planned feature is the ability to deploy compositions to iOS. Support is also planned for Windows, Linux and Android.

We also like the fact they plan to back Vuo up with good documentation, videos and a forum. Things QC sadly never had and third parties did sterling work filling the void.

The release of Vuo is a long way off, (beta in early 2013) which means another party wrapping the Vuo compositions into a plugin is even further away. It does however give hope to plugin writers and users who find the now ubiquitous Motion derived plugins just too slow to do heavy lifting FX work. If a company writes the wrapper, Vuo could allow the writing of cross platform plugins without having to delve into code. 

We will be keeping a keen eye on Vuo and its development, you can keep up to date as well by subscribing to their newsletter on the homepage.

 


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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

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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.

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.

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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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