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

 

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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

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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.

inSync FrameFormer for FCPX – Assists With Mixed Frame Rates

inSync FrameFormer for FCPX – Assists With Mixed Frame Rates

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.

inSync FrameFormer for FCPX: Reg. $629.00 Toolfarm Price: $597.55

Download a Free Trial

Why do I need motion compensated standards conversion? Can’t I just re-time the source content on the project timeline?

The simplest methods for frame rate conversion are generally unacceptable due to their poor motion performance. Re-timing a sequence of images to play back at a different frame rate will affect the speed of motion of the objects in the image, and will distort the audio associated with the video. In practice, such “off-speeding” is usually only applied to very small frame rate changes such as 23.976Hz to 25Hz, in situations where audio pitch can be more easily corrected with simple processing, and where the client is prepared to accept a 4% change in program length.

Conversion of 59.94Hz to 50Hz represents a 16% change, so off-speeding cannot be used as it would create grossly unnatural motion, highly significant audio pitch alterations, and a dramatic change in program length. For such conversions, very simple frame rate converters simply copy frames from input to output where the input and output presentation positions would be closely related in time, and skip (or duplicate) frames to maintain the required overall frame rate.

Frame copying with drop/repeat has many obvious drawbacks including unnatural and discontinuous motion, audio artifacts (where audio packets are lost or repeated at the frame skip/repeat), and corruption of metadata (e.g. closed caption packets would be lost or repeated). Therefore it is not recommended in professional video applications.

Learn More with an Extensive FAQ on Framerate Conversion Here

The Standard version is available now, with a Pro version available soon.

Coremelt Lock and Load just got better

Coremelt Lock and Load just got better

Lock & Load, the fastest and most powerful stabilizer for FCP X, just got even better.

Coremelt has added support to Lock & Load for working directly on multicam clips, batch tracking of multiple clips with one click, and optimised support for MXF and the latest R3D cameras.

If you already own Lock and Load, this is a free update for you.

What’s new?

Full Support for Multicam Clips

Unlike the built in stabilizer, Lock & Load X can be used natively on angles of multi-cam clips. Apply Lock & Load just to a section of an angle that needs stabilizing, or apply Lock & Load within the Angle Editor if you wish to apply it to a complete length of an angle. Both methods are supported.

Batch Tracking

If you have many clips you need to stabilize at once, now you can paste effects or paste attributes to analyze many clips in one go. A huge time saver on many projects. To use batch processing, place lock and load onto onto clip, then select the others you wish to analyse and select either paste effects or paste attributes, you will then see a window asking you if you want to batch process the clips. Once accepting this, the batch tracking window will open and show you the list of clips to be analyzed.

Optimized support for the latest RED Cameras

including the RED Weapon 8K, 4K, SCARLET-W, EPIC-W and RED Raven 4.5K.

Optimized support for MXF files (On Sierra only).

MXF is an increasingly important standard, shot by many cameras and also often a delivery format in European countries. Lock & Load now has optimized support for MXF files, making processing of them faster and easier.

Also works with After Effects CS6-CS2015 and Premiere Pro CS6-CS2017 (Mac only)

Learn more | Download a trial | Purchase Coremelt Lock & Load

Get 5% Off Lock and Load at Toolfarm.com

MSRP: $99.00  Toolfarm Price: $94.05

Lock & Load is also part of the Coremelt Everything bundle – $299.00
Learn more

Free FCPX Tutorials from YouTube Channel Ipsy to Help Video Bloggers

Free FCPX Tutorials from YouTube Channel Ipsy to Help Video Bloggers

YouTuber Michelle Phan uses FCPX to edit her videos for the successful YouTube channel Ipsy.  (Over 1.3 million subscribers.) Her beauty and fashion company has put together a collection of short FCPX tutorials to help other YouTubers & social media posters learn the basics as well as some more advanced editing techniques.

Here’s is one of the tutorials.  You can view the rest on FCP.co.