Sam Mestman, Patrick Southern and Gergana Angelova walked LACPUG members through a brand new narrative workflow built around the new FCPX 10.3 update and a Lumaforge Jelly Fish. They demonstrated automated syncing, organization, and renaming, as well as automated Pro Tools input and Wide color gamut management for DCP render and delivery.
Sam Mestman, Patrick Southern and Gergana Angelova walked us through a brand new narrative workflow built around the new FCPX 10.3 update and a Lumaforge Jelly Fish. They demonstrated automated syncing, organization, and renaming. They also showed us automated Pro Tools input and Wide color gamut management for DCP render and delivery.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Cinemange 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.
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.
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 has several plug-in packages that include great tools for white balancing footage.
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.
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!
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 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!
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?
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.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Automatic Duck tools and they’ve been known to have one of the coolest logos in the industry. But more importantly, their tools have always helped get your projects from one host to another, like a bridge between two cliffs. The Automatic Duck tools have been workflow godsends for so many people in the industry. Xsend Motion creates a bridge between Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and if you’re a power user, this is very obvious to you that this was missing! Wes Plate of Automatic Duck is back with a new product that translates those Transform parameters, titles, blend modes and more, from FCP X to Motion.
Here’s a little video to give you an idea how it works.
Xsend Motion Reviews
There have been a few reviews out in the past week since it was released and they have been very positive. Don’t believe me? Here it is from some others.
“With the release of FCP X, Apple introduced the the new “Color Board.” In this color grading tutorial I will be explaining this new interface and its functions so that we can begin grading like pros!” – Color Grading Central
“Armand Dijcks very kindly describes how he made the stunning cinemagraphs from images taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station. Final Cut Pro X’s optical flow was the tool to smooth the large resolution timelapses.
We have always been a fan of making cinemagraphs and when we saw these gorgeous ones shot form the ISS, we had to find out more.
Armand takes up the story:
I’ve recently been working on a series of 4K cinemagraphs that are, quite literally, out of this world. They were created from images captured by the crew of the International Space Station.
In recent years I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some work for Dutch astronaut André Kuipers, who visited the ISS twice. During his second mission, he and his crew mates captured almost half a million images of planet Earth.
Having worked with this vast image library to create time lapse segments, I thought they would provide a really great subject for cinemagraphs as well. In contrast to a time lapse film, a cinemagraph allows you to take in the view and gaze at it for as long as you like.
To make this happen, I had to overcome a few challenges, but we’ll get to that later. First, let me take you on a virtual trip to the space station and have a look at how these amazing images are captured.” – FCP.CO