Free effect friday 6th sept

Another week has elapsed and there is another collection of free FCPX effects and templates to download for #freeeffectfriday. Transitions, filter effects and a title, all for zero dollars!

It's been another fortnight since we last posted a #freeeffectfriday, so we have a bit of catching up to do. There are five effects from three plugin developers to download.

First up is a free plugin transition called Panel Slide from Idustrial Revolution. It takes the incoming video or media, splits it up into four panels and then slides them in from the left or right. There is an adjustable drop shadow that adds depth to the effect. 


The second effect called Panel Flip from Idustrial Revolution follows a similar theme animating or flipping panels. This time there are two vertical panels that rotate on the X axis to reveal the incoming video or media.

'There are controls for timing, so both panels can rotate together, one after the other or staggered. There is a rotation direction control for each of the panels and a slider to adjust the acceleration of the twist.' 


Alex Gollner has again been busy writing free effects and Matt Davis has been busy modelling them! His first effect is called Blurred Colour Glass. As you would imagine, this blurs and colourises a selectable rectangle of video.


Effect number two from Alex is called Inside-Outside. It blurs, sharpens and changes the contrast of regions inside and outside of an adjustable mask. Alex describes its usage:

"Inside-Outside is based on an effect I created for myself when I shot some interview footage too soft and didn't want to oversharpen it. Blurring away from the interviewee's face and only slightly sharpening looked like I had focussed properly.

It is especially useful for some DSLRs because their built-in sharpening isn't very good, so the advice is to turn the sharpening off and do it with more control in your NLE."


Lastly is a new title template from Connor Productions called Glare. Not too much info on this one and we hope we have got it right, but it looks like this effect pushes a light source over text. Unlike the other plugin producers here today, you'll have to subscribe to the website to be sent a download link. 


No free plugins post next week as we are off to IBC, but keep an eye on the hashtag #freeeffectfriday on Twitter to see any new effects that get published.


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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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