Final Cut Pro X – Reflecting on Six Years

Final Cut Pro X – Reflecting on Six Years

Oliver Peters has some personal musings about the last 6 years in the life of Final Cut Pro X.  Here’s an excerpt:

These six years have been a bit of a personal journey with Final Cut Pro X after a number of years with the “classic” version. I’ve been using FCPX since it first came out on commercials, corporate videos, shorts and even an independent feature film. It’s not my primary NLE most of the time, because my clients have largely moved to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and ask me to be compatible with them. My FCPX work tends to be mixed in and around my Premiere Pro editing gigs…

…I have to say that even after six years, Final Cut Pro X is still more of a crapshoot than any other editing tool that I’ve used. I love its organizing power and often start a job really liking it. However, the deeper I get into the job – and the larger the library becomes – and the more complex the sequences become – the more bogged down FCPX becomes. It’s also the most inconsistent across various Mac models. I’ve run it on older towers, new MacBook Pros, iMacs and 2013 Mac Pros. Of these experiences, the laptops seem to be the most optimized for FCPX.

Read Oliver Peters’ full article at DigitalFilms here.

Webinar: Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

Webinar: Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

Wednesday February 22, 2017

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Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

It is easy to get caught up in all the amazing technology contained inside Final Cut Pro X. But, sometimes, it’s worth taking a step back to look at how to accomplish those simple tasks that we know are there – somewhere – if only we knew where to look.

That’s what this session is about. Simple tricks and pithy tips that can help you edit faster, and add some fun to your life. Areas we will look at include:

  • The interface
  • Importing
  • Editing and Trimming
  • Organizing and Replacing clips
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Audio tricks
  • Transitions
  • Fixing audio problems
  • Simple color correction
  • Titles
  • Exporting

Plus lots more as we get closer to the session. Registration is always free – sign up today.

AUDIENCE LEVEL

This is an intermediate session for Final Cut Pro X  editors, some experience with the software will help understand what is being covered. All you need to view this session is a web browser.

Time: 9:00 AM & 12:00 PM (PST)
Register Here: LarryJordan.com

 

Learn about more free webinars at Toolfarm.com

Cineflare Screens is now available – Show Off Your Content

Cineflare Screens is now available – Show Off Your Content

Cineflare Screens is a great tool that lets you place and animate any clips inside realistic tablet and computer screens so you can show off your content in a new and exciting way.  Screens is part of the FXFactory family of products.

Did your client give you some boring screen recordings to add into their final video? Or maybe you just want to display your video or content into a computer screen or tablet?  Screens for Final Cut Pro X gives you 8 various computer screens or tablets to choose from.

This is a great way to display content like Graphics, Web Content, Software Demos, and more.

Screens comes with some easy animation presets that allow you to quickly choose endless combinations of varying animations.

MSRP: $49.00  Toolfarm Price: $46.55

Learn More | Purchase Cineflare Screens for Final Cut Pro X at Toolfarm.com

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

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What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, December 2016

What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, December 2016

Here’s what’s new in FCPX plug-ins this month at Toolfarm.com.

Stupid Raisins Snap Pop

Quickly add energy to your video clips, titles and transitions, with Snap Pop.

Snap Pop animations are extremely easy to use with a simple drag and drop motion. Add a unique look to your video in seconds. Snap Pop is designed for 4K and HD videos.

Snap Pop has 110 customizable Final Cut Pro X shapes in 21 styles. Highlight an important part of your video, reveal a logo or snap some text with any of the following animated elements.

Reg: $49.00 Toolfarm Price: $44.10

Learn More | Try | Purchase Stupid Raisins Snap Pop

See them in action in the video below.

Snap Pop requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).


Stupid Raisins Movie Pop (Free)

Create copycat titles of blockbuster movies.  Movie Pop is a free Final Cut Pro X title plugin inspired by movie titles. All you have to do is add your own text.

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

Learn more | Download Movie Pop

Assassin’s Creed Title Template


Luca Visual FX HUD Elements 4K

hud elements

 

Hud Elements 4K is a versatile solution for building your own unique high-tech motion graphic displays for a wide variety of projects.

With over 135 2D and 3D assets in 4K resolution and organized into 7 different categories, each element can be previewed and downloaded at will.  The user can combine/composite as many elements as desired. Further customize the look and feel by applying filters, blend modes, duration shift as well as modifying position, size, rotation etc.

Compatible with all versions from 2009 onwards of After Effect, Premier Pro, Avid Media Composer, FCP 6/7 and X, Motion, Resolve, Edius Pro on PC and Mac.

MSRP: $45.00  ToolFarm Price: $42.75

Learn More | Purchase HUD Elements 4K


Yanobox Mosaic

Learn More | Purchase Yanobox Mosaic

Reg: $299.00 TF Price: $284.05

Download a Free Trial (Demo Version Part of FxFactory Installer)

Dynamic Texturing

Use a comprehensive set of tools to constrain, balance and animate the texture fragmentation over your content. Mosaic smart texturing algorithm organizes and warps the details to help you in the production of stunning composites.

ASCII Effects

Compose authentic ACSII effects and sophisticated versions of the principle painting your footage with custom set of characters. Mosaic supports any mono-spaced font. Texturing is performed in a coordinate space independent of the viewer and lets you zoom into the effect to create sharp close-ups.

Recursive Details

Setup complex animated graphics from a small group of elements assembled on a grid. Apply Mosaic to gradient ramps, fractal noise, or any luminance map you imagine, then play with masks and adaptive tiling to localize the tesselation and quicly produce massive motion graphics.

Fully Integrated into After Effects

Fly into the motifs or create dynamic textures for your 3D models. Mosaic natively supports the After Effects Camera. This allows for seamless integration with other industry standard plugins also compatible with the 3D environment offered by AE.

Wireframe Overlay

Enhance the mapping with sharp borders, triangulations, crosses and grid overlays or transmute the footage into wireframe patterns.

Large Collection of Expandable Effects

Mosaic comes with a collection of over a hundred customisable presets and FCPX Templates based on procedural and original texture atlases. This library was created as a starting point and to inspire the creation of your own motifs made of simple grid of images, graphic elements, or video loops. View sample presets on the Product Page.

New and Updated FCPX Plugins, November 2016

New and Updated FCPX Plugins, November 2016

Here’s a list of every new FCPX Plugin that Toolfarm has announced during the past month. Get them while they’re HOT!

New: inSync FrameFormer. FCPX Plugin – Assists With Mixed Frame Rates

Simple and clean integration of mixed frame rate content in your project.

FrameFormer for Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) is a motion compensated standards conversion plug-in for FCP X and Motion. High-quality motion-compensated conversion guaranteed; preview your conversion results as you work.

Buy inSync FrameFormer for FCPX
MSRP: $629.00, Toolfarm Price: $597.55

Download a free trial


New: NewBlueFX Titler Pro 5, FCPX Plugin (and other hosts)

The new Titler Pro 5 now has more customizability, greater workflow enhancements, and a new multi-title management experience. Titler Pro 5 is the standard for fast titling. It’s easy-to-use and delivers results beyond what’s possible with your editor’s built-in titling application.

Through its familiar drag-n-drop workflow and intuitive controls, Titler Pro 5 makes it easy to get started and quickly master. Create a stunning title in seconds by applying one of the over 100 animated templates, then customize the text, colors and more for a powerful result.

Titler Pro 5 Ultimate Reg: $499, Toolfarm Price $474.05
Upgrade from v4: $299

Titler Pro 5 Elite Reg: $399, Toolfarm Price: $379.05
Upgrade from v4 $249

Titler Pro 5 Reg:$299, Toolfarm Price: $284.05
Upgrade from v4 $199

Learn More | Purchase NewBlueFX titler Pro 5


Monadnock 1 Matte Mask, FCPX Plugin

Reposition and scale any masked footage with Monadnock 1 Matte Mask, part of the FXFactory family of products.

Advanced tool to reposition and scale any masked footage.

1 Matte Mask is the ideal tool for custom split screens, graphic templates and projection mapping. 1 Matte Mask uses a single matte track to mask an unlimited number of video and still layers, and it works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Motion.

Learn More | Purchase Monadnock 1 Matte Mask
MSRP: $99.00, Toolfarm Price: $94.05

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

UsefulFX Survey, FCPX Plugin

Maybe the election has passed but there will be another one before you know it! Use Survey to map, chart and graph the presidential election without tons of layers. Part of the FXFactory family of products.

Learn More | Purchase UsefulFX Survey
MSRP: $129.00, Toolfarm Price: $122.55


osmFCPX Shnorp, FCP Plugin

Shnorph lets you twirl, morph, inflate and shrink any graphic or clip on your Final Cut Pro X timeline. Part of the FXFactory family of products.

Fun and Unique Twirl Effects! Shnorph makes twirling, morphing, inflating and shrinking animations from any graphic or clip on your timeline. Shnorph doesn’t require any keyframing. It’s the latest in the conspiracy to make your content cooler and keep your job simple. Available exclusively for Final Cut Pro.

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

Learn More | Purchase osmFCPX Shnorph
MSRP: $49.00, Toolfarm Price: $46.55


Color Finale Color Grading Tools, FCP Plugin

Professional color grading tools for Final Cut Pro X. The new Pro version adds Academy Color Encoding System technology, control surface support, preset samulti-cliplti clip color management.

Layer Based Grading

The power and elegance of grading via layers. We incorporate the best features of image editing applications.

Telecine Tools

Industry standard 3 Way Color Corrector and RGB Curves. We incorporate the best that the telecine suite has to offer.

LUT Utility

Apply industry standard Look Up Tables like OSIRIS and ImpulZ to accurately emulate the look of 35mm film.

Vector Grading

Powerful vector based grading to apply quick and accurate secondaries.

Learn More/ Purchase Color Finale for FCPX

Download a Free 7 Day Unrestricted Trial

What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, October 2016 Edition

What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, October 2016 Edition

Final Cut Pro X always has new plug-ins available and we don’t give them enough publicity so I thought it would be a good idea to start a new monthly column telling you what’s new and cool! Often, new products have a limited time.

Note: We have two late additions to the list. Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v13 came out yesterday after this article was published, so I’ll add some info near the top since it’s a big one! The Luut Action pack was sadly missed, but it’s being added now!

Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v13

Magic Bullet Suite 13 includes seven products. Five products have been upgraded and one is entirely new. Magic Bullet Looks 4, Colorista IV, Denoiser III, Mojo II, Cosmo II, Film 1.2, and the all-new Magic Bullet Renoiser.

What it does

Magic Bullet Suite is a set of seven tools that bring intuitive real-time color correction and more into your editorial timeline.

Why it’s special

There’s no other tool like Magic Bullet Suite on the market. Instead of listing the details here, I’m linking you to Toolfarm for the information.

Video Overview

Get Magic Bullet Suite v13

Get Magic Bullet Suite at Toolfarm for just $854.05, 5% off every day (MSRP: $899.00)

Download a free demo of Magic Bullet Suite here. Note: You must register at Toolfarm first, but we are cool and we will not sell your email address to anyone or needlessly spam you.

All the Magic Bullet Suite Products are fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

Digital Anarchy Samurai Sharpen for Video

$99 Introductory Sale Through November 15th, 2016

What it does

From my own personal experience, most sharpening plug-ins on the market tend to over-sharpen and bring out the noise and compression artifacting. The good noise reduction tools are often expensive and/or slow. Samurai Sharpen was developed so that users can isolate noisy areas and sharpen just what needs to be sharpened. It’s made to be fast, precise, and easy to use.

Why it’s special

  • Isolate only the areas you want to sharpen with edge-aware algorithms and fine tuning controls
  • Built-in masking allows users to avoid sharpening noise.
  • One license supports Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple FCP X. Avid and OpenFX support is coming soon.
  • Learn more

Intro Video Tutorial

Get it now!

Get Samurai Sharpen at Toolfarm for just $99 through November 15, 2016.

Download a free demo of Samurai Sharpen here. Note: You must register at Toolfarm first, but we are cool and we will not sell your email address to anyone or needlessly spam you.

CrumplePop AutoWhiteBalance

What it does

As you probably know, there’s no “White Balance” button in Final Cut Pro X that balances with the ease of an eyedropper, so it’s necessary to use plug-ins or use color wheels. I’ve recently tested some green screen footage in which the skin tones were very orangey from the Tungsten lights, and the actress had no areas of white to sample. This plug-in worked great!

Why it’s special

  • The powerful AutoBalance algorithm white-balances your shot automatically fast even if there is nothing white visible in the frame.
  • It’s fast and easy. Just drag and drop! There are
  • Works in both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro with one license.

Intro Video

Get it now!

Regular price: $59.00
Toolfarm Price: $56.05

To try a free demo, download and install FxFactory. It’s free! You can install a horde of plug-ins from within the FxFactory app.

The Luut Action Pack

Special Introductory Pricing only $39! Ends November 1, 2016

What it does

The Luut Action Pack is a gigantic library of fun and cool pre-made, hand-drawn, that quickly add pizazz to your animations and edits.

Why it’s cool

  • It’s customizable
  • It comes with alpha channels
  • It’s HD

Video promo for The Luut Action Pack

Get it now!

MSRP: $49.00
SALE: $39.00 (20% OFF), Sale ends November 1, 2016
Buy it now!

This product requires FxFactory to run. Download and install FxFactory. It’s free!

Stupid Raisins Fast Pop

Special Introductory Pricing only $39! Ends October 27, 2016

What it does

Fast Pop is a collection of 46 professionally animated quick blur transitions, including

  • Zoom in
  • Zoom out
  • Slide
  • Close
  • Flip
  • Spin
  • Push
  • Open

They’re also made just for Final Cut Pro X.

Why it’s special

  • Blur transitions are fun and useful in so many situations.
  • Easy to use… simply drag and drop the preset onto your footage. There are many options to customize the transitions.

Intro Video


Here’s a tutorial that explains how it works.

Get it now!

Buy Stupid Raisins Fast Pop at Toolfarm.

This product requires FxFactory to run. Download and install FxFactory. It’s free!

Kingluma Radiance

What it does

Radiance allows Final Cut Pro X users to quickly and precisely generate gorgeous glows, festive flares, and lovely light leaks effects and transitions.

Why it’s special

  • Precise, powerful and highly customizable glow and light ray transitions and effects.
  • Fast and easy to use with stunningly beautiful effects.

Intro Video

Get it now!

MSRP: $79.00
TF Price $75.05

To try a free demo of Radiance, download and install FxFactory. It’s free! You can install a horde of plug-ins from within the FxFactory app.

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-Colour

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.