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8 New free plugins for Final Cut Pro X on #freeeffectfriday

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We have to admit to having a slight lapse with posting the free plugins for FCPX that are published. So let's get right up to date with a bumper crop of eight new ones.

September was a very busy month, with the IBC show right in the middle it made things even busier! Time to catch up on all the free effects that we missed out on over the last few weeks. 8 plugins from three different effect writers.

We start with Idustrial Revolution who have published two. 

Panel Flip 2 follows on from their first FCPX Panel Flip effect

'This time, the screen is split into two horizontally, then the two panels twist on the Y 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.'


Text Colour Split is something different, a cross between a title and a transition. Could be very handy to introduce an interview for example.

'Text Colour Split is a free template title plugin for Final Cut Pro X that animates two lines of text over a split colour background. The background then splits to reveal the video underneath. The colour of the background and corresponding text are linked, just adjust one and the other will follow. Any text and any font can be used as start and end positions are published to position the text correctly.'


Next up are two new plugins from Alex Gollner.

Alex4D Switch Channel is a free Final Cut Pro X transition that simulates an analogue TV switching channels between shots.

'Use this transition to imply a change in content. Changing the channel means the outgoing subject is over, it is time to move on to the incoming subject.'


Number two from Alex is a text template called Random Move Horizontal

'A free Final Cut Pro X title that moves lines of text across the screen in a random order. Use this title to show large amounts of text very quickly.'


Lastly are four new plugins from Fox Mahoney, he's been busy!

Decode Text (randomises the text and then unscrambles itself.


Glass Light. Slightly mysterious, but we think it shines that aura across text. 


A rather cool looking movie style into template called Impact.


And very finally for this Friday, a generator called Tech Rings.



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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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