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Free FCPX plugin & template roundup on #freeeffectfriday

freeeffectfriday 22 05 2015

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.

 

A simple idea, but one that can help with composing or reframing a shot. Phil on our Forum has made a 'Rule of Thirds' overlay 

rule of thirdsl

 

Also on our Forum, regular contributor Karsten Schlüter has uploaded a plugin called makeitstraight that helps to align crooked pictures. The example he uses are the lines on a football pitch.

Makeitstaright FCPX Plugin

 

Staying on the soccer theme, he has also uploaded a plug that performs a callout on screen with an attached line and text. Called CallOut DotLineDot Karsten uses it for identifying players. Why not click him a thank you if end up using any of his (or indeed any other author's) plugins.

Final Cut Pro X Callout

 

Fox Mahoney has been busy building effect and templates, in fact he is always busy building effects and templates! You can download this denim style lower third for FCPX. It is called Denim Casual LT.

 

Although this isn't published for FCPX, we thought Fox's Lightsabre was too good to not post.

 

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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