FCPX Creative Summit Keynotes Announced

FCPX Creative Summit Keynotes Announced

Later this month, in Cupertino, California, Apple Final Cut Pro X editors and potential users will be attending the second annual FCPX Creative Summit.  The three-day event will take place October 27-30.

The FCPX Creative Summit is a blend of step-by-step demonstrations, panel discussions and keynote presentations. With over dozens of sessions choose from, you will learn practical tips and advanced techniques that will help work faster and smarter.

keynote speakersKeynote Speakers

The keynote line-up consists of two panels.  The first features directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, along with editor Jan Kovac. The trio worked together on two of the first feature films edited in Final Cut Pro X — Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

The second panel includes two-time Emmy-winner Chuck Braverman.  It also includes Supersphere VR executive producer Lucas Wilson and creative director Duncan Shepherd.

Found via PostPerspective.com.  Check out their blog post for more info on the FCPX Creative Summit.  Thanks for sharing.

Timecode Calculator – Utility for Mac OS X – Free

Timecode Calculator – Utility for Mac OS X – Free

The Timecode Calculator by Non-Lethal Applications is now free.

This TC Calculator is a utility application that helps you by doing some math with timecode values.

Calculating offsets is an every-day task in modern post-production situations. Especially with drop frame timecode, this can be error-prone.

Therefore, this little tool is the perfect helper here.

timecode calculatorFeatures of the Timecode Calculator:

  • Add and subtract TC addresses.
  • supported frame rates: 23.98 / 24 fps, 25 fps, 29.97/30 non-drop frame, 29.97/30 drop frame.
  • Auto-fixing erroneous user input.
  • TC results smaller than 00:00:00:00 can either be displayed as negative value or positive wrapped around the 24 hour mark.

New in version 1.1

  • improved user interface
  • you can now fetch the timecode to calculate with from an external MIDI timecode source

Learn More | Download TimeCode Calculator

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 is now available

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 is now available

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 is a complete keying system for green screens and blue screens.  It features an innovative keying algorithm, a unique diagnostic toolset and unrivalled compositing options. The new Hawaiki Keyer is designed to help you get the perfect key with the minimum of guesswork.

Hawaiki Keyer is the most powerful and best value keying solution for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.

Objectives – While we’ve refined the core algorithms and added some exciting new features, including the unique and extremely powerful Pre-Qualify option, the focus of this release has been about giving you the tools to reduce the guesswork so you can not only pull a better key but finish the job much faster. We’ve aimed to achieve this in a few different ways – by removing, reordering and renaming existing parameters, by providing more refined control of existing processes and by adding new and unique views that show both what you need to do and what you’ve done.

hawaiki keyer 3 boxWhat’s new:

  • Improved Matte Extraction
  • Improved Diagnostic Tools
  • White Balance
  • and more

Learn More

White Balance Roundup for FCPX

White Balance Roundup for FCPX

What is White Balance?

White should look white, not peach, pink, or baby blue. White balancing footage will help your video look natural by looking at the color temperature in your shot and setting an accurate white, removing any unnatural color cast.

This can’t be done with the color picker in FCPX, but there are ways to make your whites accurate.

Plug-ins for Quickly White Balancing Footage

Dashwood Editor Essentials

Dashwood Editor EssentialsDashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins that can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. It can make all the difference in delivering your edit on time, including white balancing your footage!

Cineflare White BalancerCineflare White Balancer

With CineFlare’s White Balancer, you can utilize the Apple Color Picker to find your exact white balance color.


Hawaiki AutoGrade

Hawaiki AutoGradeAdvanced automatic white balance correction tool with a host of easy-to-use additional grading features. AutoGrade 3 for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion.

Ripple Tools for FCPX

Ripple Tools for Final Cut Pro X

12 Final Cut Pro X plug-ins that allow you to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks, including color balance using traditional color wheels.


Sheffield Softworks Cinemage

Sheffield CinemangeCinemange can white balance footage and so much more. It’s both more sophisticated and streamlined than almost anything out there. If you’re looking for something to make your footage look ordinary – to balance your whites and tone your highlights, midrange, and shadows – Cinemage is not that plugin. If you’re looking for something that will make your footage look gorgeous, you’ve come to the right place.

CrumplePop SkinTone for FCPX

CrumplePop SkinTone

SkinTone for Final Cut Pro X lets you quickly restore beautiful, natural skin tones in your subjects. Whether you forgot to white balance or had to wrestle with mixed lighting, SkinTone makes it easy to fix the shot. SkinTone gives you the same powerful Temperature and Tint controls found in photo editing applications – right inside FCP X.


HY-FX HyColour

HyColour is a really neat color grading effect for FCPX that brings white balance, exposure, green cast removal, saturation, color bias, sharpening and a broadcast safe filter, together in one place. Super handy, super cool.


NewBlueFX Plug-ins

NewBlueFX LogoNewBlueFX has several plug-in packages that include great tools for white balancing footage.

NewBlueFX ColorFast
Quickly correct color balance your image with ColorFast’s powerful white balance algorithm. Just select the whitest part of your image with the dropper tool. It’s that easy… Plus, there are several other plug-ins in the package.

NewBlueFX ColorFast 2
ColorFast streamlines both color correction and color grading in one simple workflow. Use one of the 65 presets or create your own look from scratch. Perform primary color correction with easy to use controls or bring out the full potential of your clips using deep color grading options.

NewBlueFX Essentials Volume 3 – Change white balance and add film gamma to fix white balance issues with footage shot in harsh sunlight or indoor lighting. NewBlue Essentials 3, Volume 3 delivers 8 versatile editing tools built to soften wrinkles and remove blemishes, optimize color and contrast, fine-tune luminance values, and more

NewBlueFX Filters Ultimate – NewBlue Filters 3 Ultimate presents over 250 presets in 22 video effects to instantly enhance video through an array of distinctive looks

Perform an Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X without Plug-ins

Premium Beat has an article that explains how to use the Inspector in FCP X to perform a white balance. They explain how to color balance whether the shot has been analyzed upon import or not. Read more here.

Screen Replacement: A CoreMelt TrackX One Minute Tutorial

Screen Replacement: A CoreMelt TrackX One Minute Tutorial

No need to go to After Effects with TrackX powered by mocha, right inside FCPX!

Easily track and replace any screen in Final Cut Pro X, whether it’s a laptop, iPad, iPhone, phablet, tube television, using just CoreMelt TrackX powered by mocha.

Learn more about CoreMelt TrackX

Screen replacement is one of the most common and useful things that can be done with a tracker. TrackX Powered by mocha lets you track text or graphics to follow background motion directly in FCP X. Insert floating lower thirds tracked to people, replace screens or signs, all with one step and no need to use another compositing package.

Get TrackX and SliceX together in one bundle and save!

The SliceX / TrackX powered by mocha bundle gives you all the powerful freeform shape masking tools in SliceX and the ability to track layers and insert graphics with TrackX. The bundle contains 11 powerful plugins that you can use to achieve many common tasks that would previously require extensive work in a compositing program like Apple Motion or Adobe After Effects.
Buy this CoreMelt Bundle

FCPX Workflows for Rapid Turn-around Music Videos

FCPX Workflows for Rapid Turn-around Music Videos

Brian King, Director at Lucid Potato, FCPX user

Director and editor Brian King talks about his experience working on a music video for the song Mercy by Citizen Four. He covers deadlines, color grading changes, workflow, logging, back trimming, and more. He shares some excellent workflow tips for FCPX. Even if you’re not interested in reading about his experience while working on the video, read the article for the tips!

Read the article: Have Mercy on Me: FCPX Workflows for Breakneck Music Video Deadlines at Medium.

Watch the video

I admit that I’m not familiar with the group, but they are talented. This is a very catchy song, and the video, of course, looks fabulous.

About Lucid Potato

Lucid Potato Logo
Lucid Potato Logo

Lucid Potato was founded by King and Sean O’Brien in Los Angeles, CA, in 2008. They have done a multitude of production work in tv and commercial, working on anything from branded content, full campaigns, documentaries, and more. They have a fun name, as well!

Doing a Lot of Tight Deadline Work?

Here are a few suggestions on products that can help greatly with workflow, especially when under quick turnaround times.

Intelligent Assistance Finisher for Final Cut Pro

Take your a-roll edit (a.k.a. “radio” cut) and send it to Finisher to add b-roll and lower third titles, automatically! Go from radio cut to ready-to-view in minutes; speed your finishing workflow. How many places will this save you time?

Learn more about Intelligent Assistance Finisher for Final Cut Pro

CoreMelt SliceX + TrackX + DriveX Bundle

The SliceX / TrackX / DriveX bundle gives you three powerful tools for using Academy Award winning mocha tracking directly on the timeline in FCP X.

SliceX lets you create instant tracked Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects. SliceX includes eleven motion templates for common tasks and you can also use the Shape Masks with built-in effects, the built-in color corrector or with third party plugins. SliceX powered by mocha takes the pain out of following complex motion, just draw a shape and hit “track”. You can then adjust with manual keyframes as needed.

TrackX can track text or graphics to background movement for innovative title effects, or track and insert a layer for screen replacements, to replace a sign, or extend a set.

DriveX harnesses the full power of Mocha tracking with complex 3D effects and particles, and stylish motion graphics. CoreMelt DriveX allows advanced users to link any parameters inside an Apple Motion Template to track data, and publish the result as an FCP X effect. DriveX includes 40 motion templates to get you started with more coming soon.

Learn more about CoreMelt SliceX + TrackX + DriveX Bundle

The third dimension in Apple’s Motion – and beyond

apple motion 3D tutorial

In this tutorial from Motion guru Fox Mahoney, he takes a deep look into the advanced 3D features using fonts in the application. This is pushing Motion’s 3D capabilities to the limit.

In this installment, you will be creating an animation on a 3D surface. This project will demonstrate a different way to manipulate the Front and Back Edge “sizes” of a 3D Text object, using Multiple materials, create animated “textures”, touch on specular images for the custom “finish”,  using a custom bump map, and animating the environment to achieve an interesting special lighting effect.

See the tutorial here: http://www.fcp.co/motion/tutorials-for-apple-motion/1829-free-tutorial-the-third-dimension-in-apple-s-motion-and-beyond



New SUGARfx Epicenter for FCPX

SUGARfx Epicenter offers a clean and dynamic design to compliment your video with animated title elements, special transitions, lower thirds, and more.

Capture your audience with style.

When you need to add great looking graphics package to complement the full potential of your piece, choose Epicenter.

Epicenter is a complete theme and template that behaves like a plugin, thanks to the multiple options, multiple elements and multiple palettes it provides. It offers a clean and dynamic design, making it the perfect tool to grab your audience’s attention with grace and style.

Available for Final Cut Pro X.  This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download on Toolfarm.com).

Epicenter is a Broadcast Design theme.

Epicenter includes a set of 19 elements to enhance the look and feel of your project.  Choose from animated title elements and special transitions, to lower thirds, chapter titles and specific broadcast elements.

Learn More | Buy Epicenter from Toolfarm.com

CoreMelt 3 Day Sale – Going on now!

coremelt 3 day sale

For 3 days only, save 30% on the CoreMelt Everything bundle and the SliceX / TrackX / DriveX bundle.  Now through Friday, July 29, 2016.

CoreMelt Everything Bundle

Over 220 plug-ins in the V2 Plugin Set, plus the full power of our TrackX and SliceX powered by mocha products plus the Lock and Load Stabilizer and DriveX. Get all the power you need for the most demanding projects. Plus receive LUTx for free.

Reg: $299.00  Sale: $209.30   Buy Now at Toolfarm


SliceX + TrackX + DriveX Bundle

Track masks, layers, 3D text, particles, and more inside FCPX!  The SliceX / TrackX / DriveX bundle gives you three powerful tools for using Academy Award winning mocha tracking directly on the timeline in FCP X.

Reg: $199.00  Sale: $139.30   Buy Now at Toolfarm

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