Freeeffectfriday 23rd

The free plugin writers have been busy over the last couple of weeks and have come up with some cracking new free FCPX effects. All new, all free. Plus some free generators that have just sneaked in!

More free effects this week, two free Final Cut Pro X template plugins from Idustrial Revolution and three effects (he has been busy!) from Alex Gollner.

First up is Big Text Drop from Idustrial Revolution which bounces text using gravity on a shiny floor and the layers bounce off each other etc. 

'Apart from having full control over the text lines for adjusting the font, weight, fill and edge colour, there are also colour pickers for the background, the floor colour and the illuminating light colour.'


Next is the second in a series of 'Movie Style' text templates. Movie Promo 2 animates stainless steel themed text in 3D space with an anamorphic lens flare travelling over the text.

'There are many parameters in this plugin that control the flare, flare colour, animation time and of course formattable text. You don't have to stick with the font we have used. Camera control adds perspective to the text's path. Lots of tweaks for lots of creativity.'


Alex Gollner has been busy. Not only has he published three new effects, he's also been spring cleaning his website. I think we are allowed to say Spring at this point in time as the weather in the UK is an exact match.

First effect is a transition called Pull Focus. 

'Pull Focus is a Final Cut Pro X transition that blurs and scales clips, simulating a camera with a shallow depth of field changing focus from a close object to a distant scene.'


Alex's Wide Angle Fix does what it says on the tin and fixes the distortion found when shooting on GoPros or cameras with extreme wide angle lenses. There are companies out there who are charging $30+ for similar products!


Finally from Alex is an effect called Transparent Blur, which as you would imagine blurs a selected part of the FCPX frame. 

'It slides an area from the bottom, top, left or right edge of the screen. The area is a blurred, reduced-contrast version of the clips it overlays. You can choose to brighten or darken the background and control the amount of blurriness.'


Just as we were about to hit the publish button, we noticed that free effect veteran Fox Mahoney had just published the 20 generators that are in Motion but not in FCPX.



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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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