Hot off the press from our friends, Felipe Baez and Jasper Siegers, is the announcement of the acquisition of FCPX collaborative tool Postlab by Hedge.
An odd combination, but one when you read the article below, all will become clear. We post the pictures from the first Faster Together event in Las Vegas and post a free Final Cut Pro X plugin that was used for the quick-turnaround edits on the night.
Final Cut Pro X libraries can grow in size, especially when you have a lot of proxy media or use Optical Flow. This $2 app quickly slims libraries down by removing unwanted files.
You might have read between the lines over the last month and worked out that FCP.co will be at NAB this year. We have setup a WhatsApp group and have a few discount codes that might come in handy.
EVR X is an inexpensive app that turns EXIF camera data into keywords for video files in Final Cut Pro X. They can then be searched, sorted and even turned into Smart Collections.*UPDATE* ProRes, ProRes RAW and DNxHD available for Atomos recorders.
The developers of KeyFlow Pro 2 have released seven new tutorials on how their MAM works. Of special interest to us is the integration with Final Cut Pro X and of course the Workflow Extension.
Today Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.6, Motion to 5.4.3 and Compressor to 4.4.4. Apart from converting incompatible media formats, this looks like a big set of bug fixes. iMovie gets an update too!
Somebody said that the news on the run-up to NAB was quiet. Not any more, two announcements today and the second is an upgrade for users of Frame.io.
If you use Lightroom or Photoshop, then you are probably aware of Loupedeck, a custom control surface for image editing. Now those buttons & wheels can directly control FCPX.
What is the quickest way to create heavily graded footage in Final Cut Pro X but protect skin tones ? We think we might have found the answer with Picture Instrument's new $47 plugin called Warping Wheels.
Time to sift through the recent FCPX tutorials to bring you the ones of interest. A job that's getting harder by the day as there seems to be more and more tutorials being uploaded for Final Cut Pro every day. We list the good ones!
The first day of Spring, but time to cast your mind back to January. The LACPUG had a special night where Apple and Frame.io presented the new features of 10.4.4 to the audience. The video of the presentation has just gone live!
The guys at Lesspain Software have done a lot of listening to clients wishes. Their new version of Kyno contains a lot of new features and upgrades from user feedback. We are quite excited about the upcoming Frame.io integration. ***Patrick Southern demo video added***
As NAB draws near, the announcements start. Three of the speakers who will present on stage at the Faster Together event have just been announced. It is going to be well worth attending!
We have covered different sized proxy generation here before on FCP.co, but not with this level of control and ease. Alex Snelling shows us how easy it is to make very small file sized proxies using Keyflow Pro - and have them link back up to the original media with a click!
When we saw John Matthews' comments on social media about using an Apple Trackpad and Final Cut Pro X, we had to know more. He's very kindly put together his findings on the Trackpad in words and a couple of great video demos.
Idustrial Revolution has just released a new set of plugins for building grid slideshows on an FCPX timeline. They are on special offer at $39 for the launch, down from $49. Half-hour BTS video posted as well!
At the recent LACPUG meeting, one of the guests on stage was tech reviewer and vlogger Jonathan Morrison. A big FCPX fan, watch how he discovered how fast it was to edit when compared to a colleague's NLE.
What happens when you combine Apple's native 3D SceneKit and FXPlug? You get Eneo3D, a new $60 plugin that allows you to import animated 3D models, light them, subject them to physics and of course use them in FCPX.
Were you sad to hear the usual annual meetup wasn't going to happen at NAB 2019? We can break the news that LumaForge has just announced that a replacement Tuesday night event will be held - an expansion of previous year's Faster Together presentations.
A year on from Oscar winning film The Silent Child, another FCPX edited entry called Skin is in the last nominees for the 2019 best live action short film. Ronny Courtens spent time with the editor, Yuval Orr.
Shamir Allibhai told FCP.co how the Simon Says workflow extension for Final Cut Pro X can auto translate subtitles into 50 languages in seconds. Pretty Impressive.
What did you think you were going to do today? If like us, you start watching this excellent end to end Final Cut Pro X film editing masterclass, you'll find yourself still at your computer an hour and a half later. This detailed, fast paced demo is essential viewing.
Well, it has been a slow January for news (that we can publish) so we thought we would post this video that we came across on our YouTube explorations. Don't shout at the screen!
It's a small update with a few bug fixes, but Apple has just released Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.5
The team behind the visual programming environment Vuo have just announced the capability to turn Vuo compositions into plugins for FCPX.
How would you like a free 14 part set of tutorials demoing Frame.io? You are in luck, the guys at Ripple Training have just published a comprehensive set of videos on exactly that.
If there was one technology improvement over the last six months that was directly relevant to editors, it's the use of eGPUs. We have assembled a few videos to explain why.
It has been a busy week for codec news. We try to sift through the information, dispel the FUD and come out the other side in one piece.
When the new workflow extensions for Final Cut Pro X were announced, only three were mentioned in the initial PR. The 'speech to text' transcription service Simon Says is the next one released and we are sure it will create a lot of interest.
A busy few days for everybody! Apple's video Pro Apps all get an update and the fourth FCPX Creative Summit takes place. We have corralled the videos from the past week with multiple languages and multiple opinions on the update!
The 2018 FCPX Creative Summit is nearly upon us, FMC has just announced the keynote speaker for the event. With over 5 million subscribers on YouTube and more on other social media channels, Justine Ezarik AKA iJustine will be starting the event off.
We have covered making smaller proxies in Final Cut Pro X and sharing those with a remote editor a few times before. Jordan Smith takes it a stage further and streamlines the workflow into a quick & simple process.
When Mike Matzdorff hits a workflow roadblock, he goes looking for an alternative route. What he recently discovered was not only a new low cost transcription service, but a job at the company as well!
Rusty Earl returns to FCP.co with another great Final Cut Pro X user story. This time, a story made with a shared workflow with student editors. How did it work and how did they get around project slow downs?
Instagram Stories are popular at the moment, so making eye-catching content is essential to stand out. In this tutorial Leno Porto takes us through building a template especially for Instagram.
Getting a voice to sound good to balance against music for example, can be a bit of a challenge. Yes there are built-in tools with FCPX, but they can require constant tweaking. Accusonus has just added a $59 one knob controlled voice leveller to the their range of audio plugins.
There's always a question on blogs, Facebook or Twitter on how to make a series of stills look good. This new FCPX set of plugins from Idustrial Revolution enables the building of a stylish scrolling display of stills or video.
MacOS Mojave was released on Monday and one of its lesser publicised features is easier external GPU support. Michael P Schmidt burnt the midnight oil testing out an eGPU with Final Cut Pro X. Prepare for a performance boost!
The use of creative LUTs has exploded over the last few years. One company that you might not have heard of was there at the start, Picture Instruments. They've got a new FCPX plugin that allows the mixing of up to 5 LUTs in the Inspector.
When given the task of cutting a 34 angle multicam music show in Premiere Pro, Shahin Shokoui accepted the job but decided to move the project over to Final Cut Pro X. After a successful edit, he then converted the final cuts back.
We have been to the previous three and can tell you first hand, if you are interested in Final Cut Pro X, this isthe event of the year to attend.
Roger Bolton from CoreMelt has announced the release of PaintX, a tracking paint tool for Final Cut Pro X. There is also a special offer until the 8th of September.
FxFactory is a plugin publishing platform that's home to the largest collection of Final Cut Pro X plugin developers. As there is a 20% store wide salecurrently running, Dylan from Stupid Raisins 'crowdsourced' an article together from a selection of plugin writers. Sale ends September 4th 2018!
A new free app from Jasper Siegers allows editors to store Final Cut Pro X Libraries in the cloud with version control to facilitate better collaborative workflows.
Leno from LenoFX has very kindly put together this tutorial for FCP.co. He shows us how to build a Motion template to get more likes & subscribers on YouTube.
A few years ago, you needed an expensive OB van to cover a live event, even for editing and transmission later. This can now be accomplished on a table top and of course Final Cut Pro's speed helps make it the obvious choice of NLE to get inserts edited for playout. Florian Decker shares his FCPX/K2 workflow on the Globus Marathon in St. Wendel, Germany.
A 54 minute film made from another person's YouTube channel? How could this be possible? First of all you have to find a channel with lots of content, then you use the power of keyword ranges in Final Cut Pro X.
It's Summer, a quiet time and many people are away from their edit stations- an ideal time to do a tutorial roundup! We feature how to build effects, workflow suggestions and even a free 21 episode Final Cut Pro X course. Grab a large coffee and let's go!
When Apple added captions to FCPX, the most regular question about them posted on forums was ‘How do I burn them in on export?' You couldn't then, but now you can with Caption Burner, a new plugin from FxFactory.
If you've been reading FCP.co over the last year or so, you will be very familiar with Off the Tracks, the film about the birth of the new NLE from Apple. The film has been released today and is available for immediate download. We have a discount code as well!
Ronny Courtens takes a look at the new update to Merge X - An application for Final Cut Pro X users that allows the merging of events without loss of logging data or duplication of media.
Getting information over to the viewer in a stylish way can be difficult. Quote Pop from Stupid Raisins is a set of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that displays quotations as professionally designed animated titles. There's also a $10 off offer available!
Two new exciting hardware releases, Apple announce 2018 MacBook Pros with speed bumps & 32GB of RAM and Blackmagic release an accompanying eGPU to accelerate professional software.
It's quite simple. Stop what you are doing, make a large coffee and watch these two videos. Never before has Randy Ubillos, the creator of the original Final Cut Pro and FCPX, gone into so much detail about the history of NLE software development. We publish the two part recording of Randy's chat with Michael Horton at the recent LACPUG 18th birthday anniversary meeting.
Lesspain Software has updated their ingest and media managing tool Kyno to 1.5 and it includes new features for FCPX users. There's also a new premium version available for more complex workflows.
If you are anywhere near Los Angeles next week, then you must attend the 18th anniversary of the LACPUG. FCP & Premiere creator Randy Ubillos and original FCP team member Tim Serda will be interviewed by Michael Horton. Bradley Olsen will present the debut of 'Off the Tracks' the crowdfunded documentary about FCPX. There's a coupon code as well!
Apple gave us a 7th birthday present with a minor Final Cut Pro X update. 10.4.3 is mainly a bug fix including a correction for the 25 FPS MXF problem.
Where were you seven years ago today? We were huddled over a laptop scratching our heads looking at Final Cut Pro 10.0. Things have changed a lot since then and now we have a stable, mature NLE that competitors are having to copy.
When the first Graphically Enhanced Manual (or GEM) for Final Cut Pro X was released, it proved to be an ideal learning tool for the new NLE. Now the author, Edgar Rothermich has updated the manual again for FCPX 10.4 (10.4.2 to be accurate!)
We have reviewed a QNAP desktop shared storage NAS before on FCP.co. This time we look at the TS-453BT3 4 disk unit from QNAP with 10GigE and Thunderbolt 3.
Need quick, good looking text titles in Final Cut Pro X? Simple Pop from Stupid Raisins might be the answer, a set of 27 modern, clean FCPX title plugins.
In the next of the series of FCPX related presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB, Roger Bolton from Coremelt demos Scribomatic and a new tracking paint tool.
If you have been following the progress of "Off the Tracks", the documentary film about the birth of Final Cut Pro X, you will be interested in hearing from the film's producer, Brad Olsen. He takes us through 2 years of hard work on the film, from the initial idea up to the imminent premiere at LACPUG.
Want to look into the future of editing? Well, you can with this 20 minute demo of Lumberjack Builder from Philip Hodgetts. Watch how he creates an edit by dragging and dropping parts of transcripts together from interviews. Very clever. There's also the offer a free month of Lumberjack too!
Another great video from the Faster Together stage at NAB. This time it is Duncan Shepherd's turn and he runs through his 360 video editing tips, with heavy emphasis on FCPX, his choice of NLE.
Need to integrate FCPX with Adobe's After Effects? Chris Fenwick runs through his workflow when using the two apps together and gives us some great tips in the process.
If there is one person that can tell you about the success of Final Cut Pro in Europe, it is Ronny Courtens. Essential viewing for anybody who works in post production, whatever side of the pond you live.
Did you know there was a standalone Vimeo app for Final Cut Pro X that installs a new custom export destination? No, we didn't either and this new video featuring Tohm Sansani from Vimeo explains all.
We hate losing stuff as having to do anything twice is a waste of time and money. Matt O'Shea gives us some tips about sorting media, saving Libraries and has a free set of folder icons to download that will help get your media organised.
We have done very little HDR to date at FCP.co towers, well to be honest, none. However, we do know somebody who has edited in HDR in Final Cut Pro X. Marc Bach gets us up to speed quickly with his recommendations about grading within the new extended dynamic range.
Time for another presentation from the Faster Together stage at NAB 2018. This time Steve Martin takes to the stage to run through his favourite FCPX tips. Learn how to use Secondary Storylines, Gap Clips, Audio Roles and much more to your advantage.
Next up in the series of presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB is Josh Beal. He thinks it is time for Hollywood to reconsider Final Cut Pro X as a viable editing platform.
If you need to know about exporting from FCPX to provide a file that can be played in cinemas, you'll know about the difficulty and expense of making a DCP. Now easyDCP has launched a pay-as-you go service exporting out of FCPX with the easyDCP Publisher Bridge.
If there is one person who knows about colour correction in FCPX it is Denver Riddle. He's published a free 12 minute crash course designed to show the new colour wheels and curves in 10.4.
Roger from Coremelt has very kindly given us a sneaky peak at a new plugin that is coming out this summer. PaintX is a tracked paint tool plugin that will work inside FCPX
The week before NAB 2018, Apple announced a new version of Final Cut Pro X with support for closed captions, and the brand new ProRes RAW codec. In the announcement, Atomos and DJI were listed as the first two companies to support capture of the ProRes RAW codec. In the first of the video presentations from the Faster Together stage at NAB, Jeromy Young debuts ProRes RAW.
We are always having to cut or extend music to the right length, always a lot of foot tapping, marker placing and nibbling frames away to get the perfect result. What if there was an easier and more flexible way? FCP Audio has an interesting range of music products that uses 'Soundstacks' that build music in sections.
Another sign that the industry is seeing FCPX as a real heavyweight in the NLE battle is the proliferation of third-party apps for online services. Yesterday we had Pond5, today we have Vimeo.
The news from NAB about FCPX keeps on coming. Pond5 has just announced an app that works with Final Cut Pro X enabling you to edit with watermarked previews and then automatically replace the media on the timeline with high resolution footage.
Apple announced last week that all three of their Pro Video Apps would be available for update this Monday. You will need High Sierra to see them, but they are now all available on the Mac App Store.
Hot on the heels of their recent notification of over 150 new features for their video review and approval service update that will arrive in the Summer, Frame.io has just announced 'Watch folders for macOS'. This allows the high sped transfer of files such as dailies though a MacOS menubar app.
A few days before the 2018 Academy Awards, we published an article about the crowd-funded British short movie "The Silent Child", written by Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, that had been nominated for an Oscar.
The movie won, which was an incredible achievement considering that Rachel had never written a script before, Chris had never directed a movie before, the movie was produced with close to no budget, and it was cut with Final Cut Pro X by an editor who had never edited a narrative movie before and who actually learned FCP X on this job.
Apple has announced that updates of Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.1, Motion to 5.4.1 andCompressor to 4.4.1 will be available as free upgrades on Monday April 9th 2018.
Two big new features for FCPX are Closed Captions and the ability to use the new ProRes RAW codecs.
Apple also announced that 2017 was FCPX's best year with over 500,000 new seats being sold, bringing the total tally of seats sold to over 2.5 million since launch.
The Final Cut Pro X success stories keep on coming. This time we look at Norway's largest newspaper VG, whose TV arm switched to FCPX enabling them to expand their online media production.
With a production crew of 400 people, a cast of 200 actors and over 2000 extras, hundreds of hours of raw footage shot by several crews on 130 locations, 9 months of editing and 10 months of VFX work, Alberto Rodríguez’ and Rafael Cobos' 12.3 million dollar television series “La Peste” (The Plague) is the flagship original drama production of Movistar+, the largest VoD provider in Spain and part of media giant Téléfonica.
Idustrial Revolution has just released a new set of plugins for building a glossy animating slideshow. They are on special offer at $39 for the launch, down from $49.
Right from the launch, we have always been a big fan of Frame.io, the online video review and commenting service. For NAB 2018, they are previewing a new version with over 150 improvements.
Do you remember Apple's 10.4 presentation from the LACPUG? Afterwards three of the filmmakers from the Apple Short Film Project got to present and talk about their entry. Sam Mestman takes a look behind the scenes of the productions with the finished films and recorded presentations from that night.
With the inclusion of a 10GigE port on the back of the iMac Pro and the emergence of inexpensive 10GigE equipped NAS storage units: how do you connect them together for maximum speed and keep access to your other network devices including the internet?
Tight turnarounds are not new in television, but in feature film production, being able to see a first cut within hours of the end of shooting is nothing but remarkable. Robin Moran explains how Final Cut Pro X gave filmmaker Ismail Basbeth and his team the speed and thus the 'creative room' to perfect his production.
Are you going to NAB this year? If so, you will need to read this message from Sam Mestman who details exactly what is happening regarding Final Cut Pro X on and off the show floor. (And also tell you where the party will be happening!)
It has been a few weeks since the event, but we are very pleased to be able to publish the full FCPX & Motion presentation that Apple gave at the LACPUG meeting in Los Angeles on January 14th.
Analogue and digital glitches are effects widely used as momentary stylised transitions, visual elements designed to enhance a dramatic scene or to merely emulate corrupted footage. Dual Glitch from Luca Visual FX is a new $49 FCPX plugin that gives the editor access to many different styles of glitches.
**The Silent Child wins the live action short Oscar**
When British actress Rachel Shenton started writing "The Silent Child" in May 2016, she could not even remotely imagine that the short movie based on her screenplay would have such a huge impact on people all over the world.
If you are going to the BVE Show this week, then you will one of the first to see a couple of exciting new tools for FCPX. Codex will be previewing two new colour correction products on their stand.
We all love free effects and our #FreeEffectFriday posts are always popular, so why not? As it's a Friday, here's a collection of some great free FCPX effects!
A new product and a new(ish) look. Idustrial Revolution has just released XEffects Rips, a set of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that rip or tear video and still images. There's a special launch price of $39 down from $49 too.
Ming Lai's story about the post production of his latest feature documentary 'Visions of Warriors' is one that we are sure we will hear again a lot more in the future. Quite simply, how Final Cut Pro X made it easy for the director to finish a film without the need of an editor or expensive equipment. All in 4K as well.
We usually announce the FCPX Tours a few weeks in advance. But the Tour that took place on February 3rd in Madrid did not need any promotion at all. Just one day after the event was mentioned on the FCPX Tour website and on finalcutpro.es, all 236 seats in the Cineteca movie theater were taken and there was a waiting-list of people hoping for last-minute cancellations.
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