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Another roundup of the free effects for FCPX and Motion that have been published over the last couple of weeks. There's a lot of them too ranging from utility plugins, transitions and templates. 

First up is colour correcting comparison utility plugin called Grade Bin from Lawn Road. This week they have also released two commercial products.

'Select up to 9 grades and display them individually or display them in 2, 4, 6 and 9 Up configurations. You can also view a split between Grades 1 and 2.'



Idustrial Revolution have been busy and of course started the #freeeffectfriday hashtag. They have released two free plugins over the last fortnight.

Bounce Strips is a free transition that comprises of four strips of video or an image that bounce on each other after dropping from the top of frame due to gravity.


Screen Pump will be of interest especially to gamers as it makes the creation of 'Screen Pumps' as simple as dragging and dropping a title effect onto the timeline. No more slicing, dicing and keyframing! It's also good for anybody who wants to add a punch or beat to video.


Regular Forum contributor Deyson Ortiz has published a template that will be handy if you are editing for a retail customer. It's called 'Your Super Sale.'

'This template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 is made to announce your next big sale or event, simply customize the text to whatever you need. There are 4 templates included, 1 with a drop zone, 1 with no drop zone and each with a no motion blur version for faster renders.'


And last but certainly not least is a list of free plugins from Forum Contributor David Walsh AKA NocoDave. They are all published with links on our free effects & template section of the Forum, but we will give you a list here too.

Digital Effect Artist

iOS Camera Effect

Frame Rate Emulator

Letterbox Animator

Aged Textures

Light Sweep

Luma Mask

We weren't joking about it being a #freeeffectfriday! Thank you to all the contributors and we hope our users enjoy all the free effects.


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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.

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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