Switching from Final Cut Pro 7 to DaVinci Resolve 14

Switching from Final Cut Pro 7 to DaVinci Resolve 14

FCP 7 users might want to take a closer look at the new DaVinci Resolve 14.

With the release of Mac OS “High Sierra”, Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 software will no longer be supported. Final Cut Pro 7 users who are looking for alternative edit software will find that switching to DaVinci Resolve 14 is very easy and only takes a few minutes.

DaVinci Resolve 14 can import timelines from Final Cut Pro 7, shares many of the same keyboard shortcuts and uses a similar editing and trimming model. Plus, DaVinci Resolve 14 gives users far greater audio and color tools. For customers looking to make the switch to DaVinci Resolve 14, we have made a video to help show how quick and simple it is to change from FCP 7 to DaVinci Resolve. Please check it out.

You can download DaVinci Resolve 14 now for free, please go to https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

Revolutionary new tools for editing, color correction and professional audio post production, all in a single application!

DaVinci Resolve 14 is the biggest release in the history of the product, and has been designed to be a complete revolution in post production. DaVinci Resolve 14 is the world’s only fully integrated professional editing, color correction and audio solution. It scales from a single user all the way up to the largest collaborative studio workflows.

New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built in, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 14 includes hundreds of new features for editors and colorists, including over 20 new effects such as automatic facial recognition and tracking so customers can quickly refine and enhance faces in their shots.

The collaboration tools include bin, timeline and clip locking, secure peer to peer chat, a multi user database, and a new timeline comparison tool that lets you visually see the changes and merge them into your current sequence.

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Pricing/Availability

Upgrading to DaVinci Resolve 14 is completely free for existing customers. There are two versions: the free version, which is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website and the paid DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio.

The full DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio is now available for only $299, which is less than the cost of most annual cloud based subscription plans. DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio includes the new collaboration tools, over 20 new Resolve FX including advanced face refinement, 4K and 120fps project support, stereoscopic 3D, optical quality blur and mist effects, film grain, de-noise tools and much more.

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DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio is now available with a software activation key, which allows customers to activate their DaVinci Resolve Studio license on a laptop and desktop computer at the same time. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also available with a hardware based USB dongle for those customers who want to switch from one system to another instantly, or for security reasons are unable to connect to the Internet to activate their license.

Learn more | Purchase DaVinci Resolve 14

4 New FxPacks for FCPX are Now Available

4 New FxPacks for FCPX are Now Available

These 4 new FxPacks are part of the FXFactory family of products.

Cineflare Smooth for FCPX

30 unique, flowing transitions for easing footage in and out, built as full title layers so you can easily create transitions without the need of overlapping footage from one clip to the next! Simply drag and drop a title layer over your footage at any point, even if the clip isn’t sliced, and easily move them around. The transition affects all of the clips below wherever you place the layers, allowing you to combine layers for any smooth effect. It’s easy to use and time-saving.

MSRP: $49.00 Toolfarm Price: $46.55

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

This product works exclusively in Final Cut Pro.

Learn More | Purchase Cineflare Smooth for FCPX

Cineflare Viewfinder for FCPX

Cineflare Viewfinder allows users to add focusing screens, authentic camera viewfinders, mobile skins, and more to the footage. It includes some great customizations or animating realistic-looking viewfinder simulations!

MSRP: $49.00 Toolfarm Price: $46.55

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

This product works exclusively in Final Cut Pro.

Learn More | Purchase Cineflare Viewfinder for FCPX

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CrumplePop Koji Advance

Full-featured film emulation plugin for Adobe Premiere (Mac only), Adobe After Effects (Mac only), Final Cut Pro X (Mac only). Also, it includes LUT files in .cube format for loading into LUT-capable cameras and field monitors.

MSRP: $199.00 Toolfarm Price: $189.05

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

Compatibility

  • Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4+ (Mac)
  • Adobe Premiere CS6+ (Mac)
  • Adobe After Effects CS6+ (Mac)

Learn More | Purchase CrumplePop Koji Advance

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Ripple Tools Complete for FCPX

Ripple Tools Complete is an awesome set of 32 Final Cut Pro X plugins that will allow you to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks.

MSRP: $49.00 Toolfarm Price: $46.55

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

This product works exclusively in Final Cut Pro.

Learn More | Purchase Ripple Tools Complete for FCPX

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Chromatic Tutorial: How to isolate and grade skin tones using color replace in Final Cut Pro X

Chromatic Tutorial: How to isolate and grade skin tones using color replace in Final Cut Pro X

Coremelt Chromatic is the most complete and flexible grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Featuring integrated mask tracking with the Academy Award wining mocha tracker, powerful color keying, full RGB and HSL curves, three way colors wheels, auto white balance, and exposure, color temperature. Unlike other solutions, in Chromatic all these functions and more are available in one powerful product.

Chromatic Tutorial

Learn how to isolate and grade skin tones without changing the background with this Chromatic tutorial.

Learn more | Purchase Coremelt Chromatic at Toolfarm.com

You can also get Chromatic bundled with LUTx Color Looks. – Learn more

Coremelt also has many other Chromatic tutorials. View the playlist here.

Sale Extended: Purchase the new Coremelt Chromatic and Get LUTx Color Looks – Now ends August 9

Sale Extended: Purchase the new Coremelt Chromatic and Get LUTx Color Looks – Now ends August 9

You have 2 more days to save on Chromatic, the most complete and flexible grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Get Chromatic bundled with all 5 LUTx Color Looks for only $99. Sale now ends Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Chromatic features integrated mask tracking with the Academy Award wining mocha tracker, powerful color keying, full RGB and HSL curves, three way colors wheels, auto white balance, exposure and color temperature.  Unlike other solutions, in Chromatic all these functions and more are available in one powerful product.

coremelt chromaticOur all in one solution put all the tools you need in a simple clear interface, including tracked masks, and individual grades overall, inside the mask and outside the mask. Also included are Camera LUTs for many popular cameras that can shoot with a log color curve, including Sony A7S2, Panasonic GH5, Blackmagic Design camera’s and more. No additional installation or hunting for LUT files, it’s drag and drop.

Chromatic can load LUT files as part of the workflow but we also include a license for our stand alone LUT loader LUTx and the feature film look collection.  We have other LUT collections for sale and you can also create your own LUT collection of standard CUBE files or import any LUT files you have purchased elsewhere.  Manage your LUT collections with real time previews of the clip on the timeline using our own custom LUT gallery.

coremelt chromatic lutxLaunch Special – Ends Wednesday, August 9!

Get Chromatic and the full LUTx Bundle (over 150 LUTs – a $99 value) for only $99.

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Sale ends Wednesday August 9, 2017.

Chromatic is also included in the Everything Bundle, still only $299!

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Coremelt Chromatic is Now Available – Comprehensive Grading Tool for FCPX

Coremelt Chromatic is the most complete and flexible grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. And to celebrate it’s introduction, Coremelt is offering Chromatic bundled with all 5 LUTx Color Looks for only $99, but only through August 7, 2017.

Chromatic features integrated mask tracking with the Academy Award wining mocha tracker, powerful color keying, full RGB and HSL curves, three way colors wheels, auto white balance, exposure and color temperature.  Unlike other solutions, in Chromatic all these functions and more are available in one powerful product.

coremelt chromaticOur all in one solution puts all the tools you need in a simple clear interface.  This includes tracked masks, and individual grades overall, inside the mask and outside the mask. Also included are Camera LUTs for many popular cameras that can shoot with a log color curve, including Sony A7S2, Panasonic GH5, Blackmagic Design camera’s and more. No additional installation or hunting for LUT files, it’s drag and drop.

Chromatic can load LUT files as part of the workflow but we also include a license for our stand alone LUT loader LUTx and the feature film look collection.  We have other LUT collections for sale and you can also create your own LUT collection of standard CUBE files or import any LUT files you have purchased elsewhere.  Manage your LUT collections with real time previews of the clip on the timeline using our own custom LUT gallery.

coremelt chromatic lutxLaunch Special

Get Chromatic and the full LUTx Bundle (over 150 LUTs – a $99 value) for only $99.

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Hurry, sale ends August 7, 2017.

 

Chromatic is also included in the Everything Bundle, still only $299!

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Coremelt LUTx Bundle Sale – Only $79 – Now thru 3/21/17

Coremelt LUTx Bundle Sale – Only $79 – Now thru 3/21/17

Get the look you need with Coremelt LUTx.  This bundle contains 5 different LUT collections including the new LOMO, Social Media and Sci-Fi Collections.  Get all 5 collections, with included CUBE files, for only $79!  Sale ends March 21, 2017.

Coremelt LUTx Bundle – Only $79

CoreMelt LUTx is the most powerful LUT solution for Final Cut Pro X.  The included CUBE files allow these LUTs to be used with Premiere (In Lumetri), Resolve or AE as well, even on Windows.

These LUT packs are designed by professional colorists, DOP’s and film makers with decades of experience in the industry. Unique features include the ability to create subtle looks by lowering the intensity of the LUT in shadows, midtones and highlights, custom intuitive sliders, realtime previews of LUTs in our LUT browser and realtime wipe preview.

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. Using our custom LUT browser you can create and manage your own LUT collections with ease.

MSRP: $99.00  Sale: $79.00

Purchase Coremelt LUTx Bundle at Toolfarm.com

Sale pricing good thru March 21, 2017.

Included Collections

feature looksFeature Looks Collection
40 Feature Film looks that are inspired by recent blockbuster and indie film hits from the last 20 years, and range from dramatic stylised looks to subtle manipulations of blacks.

beauty fashion food collectionBeauty Fashion Food Collection
30 looks that 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.

lomoLOMO Collection
42 looks inspired by the analog glitchy feel of the legendary LOMO camera and Remo’s portfolio of photographs and film. These are vivid striking looks which can give a stylized punchy feel to your footage.

sci fi collectionThe Sci Fi Collection
30 looks inspired by science fiction, from cyborgs and rockets, to AI and cyber space.  Give your footage a cold clean future look, or a dirty dystopian mood.

social media collectionThe Social Media Collection
42 looks inspired by popular filters from social media apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic ,Facebook Messenger, LINE and Snapchat. Perfect for working on footage shot on iPhone or Android phones to give that reality look of a viral.

In addition, LUTx comes with log to video transfer LUTs for common cameras from Sony, Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon and more. You can choose to just convert the footage to video color space, or you can combine log conversion and a look LUT in one plugin using our “Apply Camera + Look LUT” template. With the purchase of LUTx you get a download link with all the LUTs in standard cube format so you can also use them in Premiere Pro, Resolve, After Effects or Photoshop.

Coremelt LUTx Bundle – Only $79 – Now through March 21, 2017

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FCPX Workflows for Rapid Turn-around Music Videos

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

LUTs and LUT Freebies

LUTs and LUT Freebies

What is a LUT?

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.

What Is A LUT? Explained with Cats. from Ground Control on Vimeo.

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.

LUT Collections:

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.

Learn More about CoreMelt LUTx Bundle (Feature Film Looks +  Beauty Fashion Food): Reg: $55

Beauty Fashion Food (NEW!)

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 LUTs
FCPXFree.com LUTs

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.

Check out the collection here.
Red Giant LUT Buddy

Red Giant LUT Buddy

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.

Get it for free at Toolfarm.

MLUT Plug-in

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!

Download MLUT here

More Free LUTs

  • Ground Control Color – These LUTs have versions that will work in just about any color app. Perhaps they’ll work in your application.

All Editors Need Basic Color Grading and Correction Skills

Colorists spend years learning their craft and tools, but there’s no reason that you can’t learn some of the basics such color theory, color matching, and color grading. Knowing and utilizing even the most basic color grading tricks will give your projects the professional boost they deserve. Luckily, there are loads of tutorials and plug-ins to help you achieve the best results in a fast and easy manner.

First, let’s get the whole color grading vs. color correction spelled out. Color correction is what you do first to fix contrast, skin tones, bad white balance, color shifts, and that type of thing.

Color grading is the process of modifying the tones and colors in your project to give your footage a look or mood. These tutorials and tools often can do both. Sci-fi films tend to have crushed blacks and blueish tones. Romance movies may have warmer tones and a softer color palate. Action films often have saturated and contrasting colors.

Color Grading and Color Correction Tutorials

Understanding Color Theory

Let’s start out with the very basics. If you don’t quite understand color theory, Blender Guru has a nice tutorial on understanding the basics, like complementary colors, split complementary colors, tertiary colors, etc.

Color Matching and Color Grading in FCP X

Premium Beat has a cool training feature that came out around NAB Show that goes through the basics of color grading using the color board in Final Cut Pro X. They also explain the process of matching color between shots that do not match. The tutorial comes with media that you can download so that you can play along. Color grading and color matching are great skills for any editor to have.

Premium Beat goes on to explain how to give your footage a vintage or retro feel. Check out their post, Learn Color Matching and Retro-Cool Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X, for more on that.

Matching Color Between Clips in FCP X

Larry Jordan also had a program on color matching.

Final Cut Pro X – Color Grading a Film Tutorial

Denver Riddle has a full hour-long class about color grading a feature film in Final Cut Pro X that will get you started.

Plug-ins for Color Grading and Color Correction

Hawaiki Auto Grade

Hawaiki Auto Grade is an automatic white balance correction tool with several of extra grading features. It’s fast and easy to use. It works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion. Buy Hawaiki Auto Grade at Toolfarm for just $46.55. It sells everywhere else for $49.

The video below is from Larry Jordan and he goes through some of the features in Auto Grade.

Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse

Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse – Standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Premiere Pro. Now you can have telecine-style color correction that fits your workflow rather than imposing a new one. Color Finesse 3 gives you the high-end color correction and enhancement tools you need both as a plug-in for your favorite application.

Red Giant Colorista III

Red Giant Colorista III  brings gorgeous color grading to your favorite editors and moves between them with consistent, natural-looking results. Its three stages of correction — Primary, Secondary, Master — use a color engine that’s similar to big-budget systems. Included with Red Giant Color Suite and works with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks works with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, FCP X, Motion, Avid and Sony Vegas. This is a tool for specifically color grading, and starts out very simple, with 100’s of beautifully designed presets and treatments, ranging from practical lighting to popular Hollywood looks. Or you can always create your own.

Tiffen Dfx

Tiffen Dfx is a standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and FCP X, and Avid. Tiffen Dfx simulates 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects. The Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters for top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and VFX artists worldwide.

Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone

Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone unit is for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion and it brings professional grade color grading tools to the table. It includes videoscope monitoring to ensure that your colors are safe. BCC 3 Way Color Grade lets you independently adjust the bright, mid, and dark region of a clip via built-in color spheres which are not only easy to use but offer real-time results. BCC Color and Tone filters are also included with Boris Continuum Complete.

Yanobox Moods

Yanobox Moods – Plug-in for FCPX, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Moods is a unique color grading plug-in with a full-screen interface.

Nattress Levels and Curves

Nattress Levels and Curves are plug-in for FCP, Motion, and After Effects that use the power of curve-based color adjustments applied in film-log space.

Nattress Advanced Plug-ins for Apple’s Color

Nattress Advanced Plug-ins for Apple’s Color ColorFX nodes give users immense flexibility. You can use the built-in functionality of Color to save and load your favorite combinations or settings.