You might have noticed that we have been building a list of free FCPX & Motion effects for download over on our forum. Let's take the thought further though...

We've seen quoted that there were 2.5 million downloads of FCPX within the first few days. True or not, the lower price and ease of operation means that the user base is growing day by day. So is there a need for a central store of the extra available effects you can download for FCPX? We're not talking about motion wrapped plugins here, but custom effects, transitions, generators and templates.

It has been confirmed that Apple is not progressing copyright protection for Motion effects in the near future. This makes the selling of effects slightly more difficult as once downloaded, they can be copied, shared and reposted on websites without any restrictions. - Apart from the annoyance of the author of course!

Another fabulous possibility would be the creation of the 'Apple Template Store." It would work exactly like the Mac App Store but would run within FCPX. Think of having a 'Download more effects' button or being able to browse new effects and install them with one click. How about 99 cents a new transition? This would of course mean that all the effects would have to be checked by Apple before posting and no doubt they would take 30% for the privilege. Encryption by Apple of the effects and selling to a ready made user base would more than make up for it. users would also know that the effect they are purchasing will do what it says on the tin.

That's not going to happen soon if ever , so what are the options as we think that all the FCPX & Motion resources are scattered around the internet at the moment. There's some people out there making some good effects too, one example being the Classic SLR viewfinder from Robbert-Jan van deer Does.


It would be a tremendous shame if these got lost with the passage of time and the proliferation of easy to build superficial eye candy tat.

So in the absence of an official store what can be done? We will continue to add to our list and there are even third parties offering effects although they seem to lack the traction at the moment. Building a store takes a lot of commitment, the moment you start to process money the support emails will begin trickling in and if your products are very moderately priced, there could be a lot of time & interaction for little return. Offering effects free shrinks the email inbox, but you'll still get tech support questions.

So it's over to you, is a free listing good enough? We would love to hear your opinions after all we are aiming to be the number one Final Cut resource on the net!


As a bit of a postscript to the piece, if you find a free FCPX/Motion effect then please post it on the Forum, you don't have to be the originator.

You can upload the effect, post photos and embed a Youtube video (which always helps).

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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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