freeeffectfriday 5 06 2015

Quite a lot to get through on this #freeeffectfriday in June. Some cracking FCPX templates to download and use and one amazing Motion project which has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

We are starting to see more and more free templates being published that have been built using the new 3D font capabilities in Motion. We start with a handful of those experimenting with what is possible.

Want to advertise a sale or show different products with prices?  This fully customisable template from Idustrial Revolution does exactly that. It's called XEffects 3D Sale Price and installs into FCPX or it can be opened up in Motion for further tweaking.


Fox Mahoney has been busier than his normal busy self. He has taken this iDVD template and turned it into a 3D template for FCPX and Motion called Revolution. He's spent a lot of time working out how to put pictures on to curved surfaces as you can see from the demo movie. Awesome work from Fox and hopefully Apple will add more 3D features to Motion to make template building like this easier.


Next from Fox is an amazing piece of 3D work built up from pieces. Again it shows the possible 3D capabilities of Motion. Since none of the ProApps support true '3D models' Fox has made all of them from fonts!

Lots of instructions on how to use these projects, so we recommend heading over to his YouTube channel to learn more.


Are you on the social network Ello? If you need to replicate the look as a lower third, FCP.co forum member Scrubelicious has done the hard work for you.

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Next is a free (well almost free as you have to enter your email address) template from Connor Productions called 'Fizz.' Need a quick and funky way to get text on and offscreen? It might do the trick.


We think have left the best to last. Back to Fox Mahoney and this quite incredible 3D template for Motion called Piano/Synth Keyboard. He's used the audio behaviors to 'tune' each key to its relevant frequency, that means that the keyboard plays itself when audio is added. Very clever, but we do recommend reading the instructions. 


If you build free FCPX templates, please make sure you list them in our Forum  - It's good to share!



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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.

amazon kindle BF

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.


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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