FCPX news graphics final cut pro x

Want to build a professional looking news bulletin right in FCPX? Idustrial Revolution has just released a $49 set of plugins called XEffects News Graphics that allow Final Cut Pro X editors to do exactly that. You can also pull apart their demo video too should you wish!

There has been a trend over the last year with news graphics. Out is the 3D rotating globe look that originated in the eighties. It's now all about getting the message over with a sharp, clean flat look. 

Idustrial Revolution has taken inspiration from national and international news broadcasts to create XEffects News Graphics. This is a $49 set of plugins that consist of all the elements an FCPX editor needs to build a news bulletin. Just add your news and presenter.


If you want to see how the promo video was put together, the FCPX Project & Library are available to download for free from the News Graphics webpage. 

Rather than be constricted by one large template, each element has been built as a separate item which can be timed perfectly to suit the presenter and/or news footage. An effect called 'shrink back' handles all the DVE moves so there is no keyframing or clumsy drop zones to contend with.

- Six preset colour palettes in every template or choose your own
- Use any font, any colour, any size
- Build In & Out animations on templates to choose between cuts & adjustable animations
- Many display options and positioning on every template
- Shrinkback effect controls all video DVE moves without keyframing
- Not locked in to a single template, layer many elements on top of each other
- Colour shaded background, transition & title wipe included
- 4K Ready

We can see this set of plugins being used not only for broadcast, but for corporate and education productions that wish to have a news section in their programming. 

The set of plugins are distributed via the plugin management system FxFactory and therefore have a free watermarked trial available. (Which means you can tinker with that Project with a couple of clicks.)

They have also produced a tutorial video which shows exactly how a multi-layered part of the promo was built.


One disclosure here. Idustrial Revolution helps keep the lights on at FCP.co by paying for the main share of the hosting costs for this website. So, we might be slightly biased, but knowing the amount of work that has gone into getting this plugin right, we give it a thumbs up.


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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 

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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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