A new app allows you control precisely which plugins get loaded for use into Final Cut Pro libraries. Enable/disable, make folders and favourites, all with FCPX Manager.

fcpxmanager 01FCPX Manager will help you manage your Final Cut Pro Motion Template/Plugin Library which consists of:
• Titles
• Generators
• Video Effects
• Transitions

In the Browser you will be able to see all of the plugins on your local disk that Final Cut Pro can use. You can easily decide what will get loaded or not in Final Cut Pro, by enabling or disabling any plugin, either for a full folder selection or just one Fx .

How does it work? In short, in order to disable, FCPX Manager just moves the content to a hidden folder, and as soon as you need those for a particular project, in one click you can re-enable what you need. Simple, but there is much more behind the scenes to ensure there is no conflict, especially with plugins from FxFactory that monitor the disk structure.

FCPX Manager was tested with several Plugins brands: Alex4D, FxFactory, PixelFilm studios, CoreMelt, FCPXTemplates, Motion Master Templates, FCPeffects, Conner Production, Ripple Training, Simple Video Making (SVM), MotionVFX and Stupid Raisins. It should work also with your custom plugins/templates if you are using Motion to build them.

If you update or re-install a plugin while it is disabled, FCPX Manager will detect it at the start and will update the disabled version with the newly installed version and then re-disable it.

FCPX Manager will also let you enter various custom information to search for the plugins you want for a particular project or task, or store documentation, tutorial or any other important data attached to your plugins.

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You can classify plugins into Categories or add ranking and text notes that will help you find a particular plugin later if you know it is the perfect one for a specific task.

You will be able to create groups to automate enabling or disabling in one click for a set of plugins. Groups can be saved and loaded to a file. FCPXManager can also create groups from an existing FCPX project (XML File) so that you can enable only the effects you need for that project.

With Groups, it is easy to switch to a very lean configuration with no or few plugins loaded, just create a group with all the plugins you don’t use frequently, and you can disable all of them in one click. Then only re-enable those you need when you need them.

fcpxmanager 03If some effects are missing in your project, export an XML, then load the XML in FCPX Manager, there you will be able to see all the missing Plugins. If it was disabled, just re-enable it, if the plugin is not on your computer, you can identify it in the “<Not Found>” section.

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The next version of FCPX Manager will allow you to create 'virtual plugin links' when a project from another computer uses a different path for a specific plugin and will then allow you to relink the plugins.

If you use particular plugins a lot, and want them quickly to hand in FCPX, you can create FCPX Manager Favorite Folders, that will contain copies of your favorite Fx.

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Those favorite folders are visible in Final Cut as a regular plugins, and can contain mixed Fx from different sources. No matter if the source is enabled or disabled, the favorite can be enabled and disabled independently from its source. If you update the source, favorite updates too!

Download FCPX Manager, you can test all functions for free during the trial period, then decide if you stay with a Free license or go to the Lifetime license for a small fee. With this lifetime license you can install any future versions, the only limitation will be some new capabilities that could be locked and require a very small update fee if you want to use them, but for at least 12 months you are guaranteed to get all new capabilities.



Written by

I am Patrick Bory the developper of FCPX Manager. I am based in France and I have a background in computer science and a passion for Video and Sound editing.

After 10 years using various Windows PC Video Editing software I moved to macOS and Final Cut Pro X in 2013. Even if I have some good knowledge of DaVinci Resolve, my main software for editing is now FCPX which I start to master quite deeply. This editor is full of ressources and tools for a very efficient workflow. I am also using Motion and Logic Pro on a regular basis and the great Sonicfire Pro from Smartsound that I use for almost all my music tracks. 

Having a lot of Plugins in FCPX, the only drawback I had, was that it is hard to organise the Motion Template Library in FCPX when you want to keep it thin with your key plugins and only access more specialised ones when necessary. Not finding any existing software to do this task correctly, I decided to write FCPXManager (coded in Python) and as I discovered that other may have the same issue, I decided to make it available to the public starting Feb 2021.


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