“There are 1200 visual effects shots in this movie.
No, we’re not talking about the latest comic book adaptation or fantasy epic. We’re talking about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an action-comedy starring Tina Fey as a journalist covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the fourth and latest film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
I was pleased to speak to Glenn, as well as First Assistant Editor Kevin Bailey, about the this one, but just before we began, I told Glenn that I was surprised to learn that there were 400 VFX shots in the previous film that he and John directed together, Focus, which they’d also written.
(They’ve written 6 films together, including the cult favorite Bad Santa, which they didn’t direct. Whiskey Tango Foxtrotand Crazy, Stupid, Love are the two they’ve directed but not written.)
To the postproduction world at large, Focus was most notable as the first major studio feature to be edited with Final Cut Pro X. Looking at it more broadly, though, I was struck by how much VFX work had been done on it. That’s when Glenn told me: 400 VFX shots may sound like a lot to you, but there are 1200 VFX shots in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” – Tim Wilson
“With Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3, Apple offers a couple of nice new features, although most improvements happen under the hood.
There is always a sense of mixed emotions when you see your software’s update notes are mostly made of points starting with “improves stability when…”, or “fixes an issue in which…”—of course, you want your software to be bigger, better, and more awesome than ever before. But in reality, there is just the quiet appreciation of knowing your software is in tip top shape for a little bit longer. It’s just… OK.” – Fabian Chaundy | www.cinema5d.com
“Larry has been one of the most respected trainers and tutorial producers since the times when Final Cut could only manage NTSC DV. He’s decided it’s time to wrap up his tutorial making and webinar publishing.
We have known for a while that Larry was going to end his long run of making tutorials and webinars for content creators. At one point in FCP7 time, his newsletter was the main source of information and tips. He knew FCP7 inside out and enjoyed answering the many (often tricky) questions that were sent to him on a weekly basis.
But time moves on.
It is increasing difficult to make enough money in online ventures. With instant access to anything with a click, original content can be disseminated around the world for nothing. That accessibility questions the product’s worth and with the rise of the DIY home tutorial on YouTube and Vimeo, not only does content get copied, it also gets pirated and shared.” – FCP.co
The interesting figures here are derived from that 2011 announcement – Apple, by their own figures, went from 1.4 million users of FCP 1-6 to “over 2 million” users of FCP 1-7 – that’s a growth of at least 600,000 users of Final Cut 7 in about a year and a half – gaining users at more than 400,000 per year. That rate of adoption fed the optimism (or hubris) of the FCP X announcement: “What we’re doing is we’re growing that base faster than ever before.”, “Where does that leave Adobe and Avid? They like to believe they’re competing with us. The truth is, they’re in a race for second place.” (Richard Townhill (unconfirmed) from the recordings above.)
But the recent growth curve on X seems to be counter to those hopes – something around 200,000 new users for each of the past two years. Thus far – by the numbers – it seems to be a contrast to the promise of FCP7 numbers, and a decline in new users since the year of introduction. (I’ve remarked elsewhere that this is particularly remarkable in the context of the number of macs sold in each “era”).
Grid Pop is a fast way to layout, align and distribute anything in Final Cut Pro X. Have you ever tried to layout several elements in Final Cat Pro X? It takes forever and is nearly impossible to get right.
I’m gonna let the cat out of the bag. Final Cat Pro doesn’t have the tools to arrange, align or distribute clips. Right now, you have to do it by hand and getting it just right is frustrating!
All that hassle will make you as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!
Don’t have a hissy fit. There’s a better way!
EASY TO USE ARRANGING TOOLS
Grid Pop is a Final Cut Pro X plugin that makes it easy to line up, evenly distribute and arrange anything! Grid Pop comes with 56 awesome effects and 6 generators designed to save you time and make you more professional. You can use Grid Pop with anything. It works with video, pictures, graphics, logos and titles!
Grid Pop will turn a furry mess into an organized layout in just a few moments!
DRAG & DROP EFFECTS ARE FAST!
Use the drag and drop effects to quickly evenly layout and arrange elements.
GENERATORS ARE GREAT FOR TONS OF ELEMENTS
Use the generators to create custom layout patterns. Then quickly move your elements to the intersections for even alignment and distribution.
Manhattan Edit Workshop Instructor Ari Feldman shows how to export master files in the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.
Manhattan Edit Workshop is a New York Film Editing School offering a full range of basic to advanced manufacturer certified training courses, from the Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate and Apple products to the complete suite of Adobe applications.
Manhattan Edit Workshop’s mission is to provide the highest quality education for filmmakers and editors. Focusing on both the art and technology inherent to our craft. We foster a “learn by doing” approach in an atmosphere where mistakes are encouraged as part of the process and the only “silly” question is the one that isn’t asked.
“If there is one request we hear over and over again at FCP.co towers, it’s “Please bring back Free Effect Friday.” So we thought why not! A bunch of free Final Cut Pro X plugins for you to download.
You asked, we listened and gave in. Not too sure we can manage it every week, but we will do our best to highlight the new free plugins for FCPX.
First up, we will mention it again. If you haven’t download FxFactory’s Timecode plugin that displays a large timecode reader window that floats over FCPX, then do so. You have to have FxFactory installed, but that doesn’t cost.
Next is a free set of plugins called XEffects 3D Text Wraps, these allow you to wrap any image around 3D text in FCPX. Idustrial Revolution has taken the 8 built-in 3D Titles and added a drop zone to each along with publishing the XYZ position and rotation controls. This means that you can position the middle point of any of the animations where you want from the Inspector. Or indeed keyframe a move.
A lot of functionality (A lot supplied by Apple!) for free.” – FCP.co
Funtextic, from SugarFX, makes it easy to create animated 3d titles right inside Final Cut Pro X.
Funtextic is a powerful tool for 3D text animations in Final Cut Pro X that is easy to use and understand. Its intuitive interface lets you control where and how the text is moving at any time throughout the length of the animation, providing creative control at any stage of the process.