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