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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
LUT is short for Look Up Tables. It is a lot like a multiplication table that allow users to apply color grade presets to your footage. Wolfcrow has a great explanation of what exactly it is. Read it here: What is a LUT (Look-Up Table)?
This is a cute little video and explains it all better than I can.
CoreMelt LUTx (free LUTx with CoreMelt’s Everything Bundle!)
CoreMelt LUTx is the most powerful LUT solution for Final Cut Pro X. Color Look Up Tables (LUTs) allow you to apply preset color grades by professional colorists easily on your own footage.
The Bundle contains two LUT collections, Feature Film looks and Beauty, Fashion, Food Looks. Plus, get LUTx for free when you purchase the CoreMelt Everything Bundle!
LUTx can also load standard LUT cube or dat files in 1D or 3D format, such as ones created in Da Vinci Resolve, Adobe SpeedGrade or LUTs contained in dozens of commercial LUT packages on the internet.
Feature Film Looks
40 Feature Film looks designed by feature film colorist Shane Bartley in our first LUT collection. Unique features include the ability to create subtle looks by lowering the intensity of the LUT in shadows, midtones, and highlights, custom intuitive sliders, real-time previews of LUTs in our LUT browser and real-time wipe preview.
30 looks designed by experienced colorist Shane Bartley These looks emulate popular styles from fashion and beauty photography, from timeless styles to recent trends.
The Food LUT’s will enhance the vividness of any food and beverage footage, giving clean and crisp images. Purchasing LUTx Beauty Fashion Food Collection gives you a download link with all the Beauty Fashion Food look LUTs in standard cube format so you can also use them in Premiere Pro, Resolve, After Effects or Photoshop.
Free LUTs and LUT Tools
FCPXFREE.com LUTs for use with Coremelt LUT
FCPXFree.com has many free Look Up Tables (LUTs) for use with CoreMelt LUTx, to get the professional finish you are looking for.
Look up tables let you apply color correction looks created by professional colorists onto your footage inside FCP X, or you can apply Camera LUTs which convert from LOG to rec709 (video) color space. These cannot be loaded directly into FCP X. You need a LUT loader plug-in, the two free templates in CoreMelt LUTx will allow you to load and apply these LUTs.
LUT Buddy was created with the professional colorist in mind. In fact, the product came directly out of the film work of Stu Maschwitz, the Creative Director for many of our products. LUT Buddy runs in popular editors like After Effects and FCP, and shares its values beautifully with our new BulletProof application. Get LUT Buddy as part of Shooter Suite or Color Suite, but you can download it by itself too.
Achieve cinematic looks with ease with MLUT. MLUT is a professional 3D LUT loading tool for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 from MotionVFX. It allows you to collect, use and manage your LUT files, all in one place.
Import your own .cube files or use our packs from MotionVFX. There are five free LUTs included too!
Over thirty professionally designed templates for Final Cut Pro X that emulate popular social media posts and webpages. Get it now at Toolfarm for $49 (Reg: $99) through July 31st 2016.
Templates include all the elements for single posts or webpage construction of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Vine accounts. All the information, avatars, text and of course images or video for the drop zones are all customizable. All elements are built with vectors – zoom into the GUI as close as you like.