The options for getting clips and projects from Final Cut Pro X into After Effects are decreasing. Foolcut won't work wih versions above 10.0.2 and Automatic Duck is only for Final Cut Pro 7. The new ClipExporter version 1.1 from MindTransplant fills that gap.

Thomas from MindTransplant kindly emailed us to say that ClipExporter version 1.1 has been released. If you haven't come across this handy $25.99 app before, it allowed you to export projects from Final Cut Pro X into After Effects.

Version 1 already had some impressive features:

- Exports Quicktime reference movies. These files can be opened in other applications like Mocha, Motion, PFTrack etc.
- Export for After Effects. 
- Exports Nuke files. All in-/out-frames and timeline positions match your exported Final Cut Pro X project.
- Export for Syntheyes. A custom (.synInfo) file format is created for import in Syntheyes. 
- Adds handle frames (optionally). Extends each clip length by a given number of frames.
- Creates shot based folders with naming conventions.
- Creates subfolders (optionally).
- Saves disc space by referring to the original source media. No files are copied.

Version 1.1 has new features and bugfixes. Now by using Roles you can export only one or selected clips from the timeline, pretty handy as we know many users on our Forum have been asking for this feature in FCPX for a long time. 


Thomas had added these new features in version 1.1

- added support for roles. By assigning roles to clips in FCP X you can manage if you want to export a single clip or a bunch of clips.
- added After Effects export option. Exports and reconstructs the complete timeline as a single .jsx file. If "Roles" are enabled, only the clips with the selected role assigned get exported.
- added support for compound and audition clips. Multicam clips are not supported.
- added Preferences: Truncate the clipName to shorten output file-/ foldernames. Set default subfolders. Make source files read-only (After Effects only).
- bugfix: Nuke and FCP X offset time values did not match when the source media had different fps values than the project
- bugfix (Nuke only): pixel aspect ratio was always 1.
- help is replaced by a User Guide PDF

Supported features for the new After Effects export:
- Compound clips are translated to compositions. Unlimited depth of compound clips is possible.
- Audition clips (only the active clip)
- Blend modes and Opacity amount
- Audio files & audio levels
- Recognizes videos with embedded audio. Disables audio if clip is video-only.
- Spatial Conform (none, fit, fill)
- Transformations (anchor point, scale, position, rotation). Key-frames are not supported.
- Markers
- Support for export using Roles
- Handle frames are not supported
- Uses clipnames from FCP X as layername


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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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