If there is one question that gets asked the most often on our busy FCPX forum, it's "When will Neat Video release their noise reduction plugin for Final Cut Pro X" Now we know the answer, you can buy it today.

The beta for Final Cut Pro X has been available for download for a while now, but this week Neat Video have published the official 3.2 version that supports FCPX. There are two versions of the plugin available. A home version for $49 that supports frame sizes up to 1280x720 and a Pro version for $99 that supports higher bit depth rendering and an unlimited frame size.

  • Neat Video adds support for FCP X

    • Added support for Final Cut Pro X (10.0.4)
      Neat Video plug-in for FCP now also supports FCP X
    • Additional optimizations of filters for multi-core CPUs and GPUs
    • Updated to CUDA 4.2
      • NVidia GTX 680 and newer GPUs are supported
      • Improved performance of GPU-based render
    • Color themes: normal and reduced brightness options (see in Neat Video Preferences)
    • Several compatibility issues and bugs have been fixed
  • The updated·Neat Video 3.2 plug-in for FCP now also adds support for·FCP X and includes several other improvements:

If you haven't come across the Neat Video noise reduction plugin before, it does a cracking job of removing noise by analysing patterns in the video. This is perfect for DSLR material that has been shot with a high ISO rating, although when reducing noise it won't add detail.

It's also pretty good at removing noise and compression artefacts from digital TV tuner footage

There are some known issues with Final Cut Pro X

With FCPX: if the clip where Neat Video is applied is located·in non-main timeline in an event (not project but event), the filter may not work. The problem is caused by a bug in FCP X (10.0.4): FCPX does not provide all frames requires to conduct temporal processing. We are working with Apple to help them fix that FCP X bug. Until it is fixed, the workaround is to apply Neat Video in main timeline only or in a project instead of an event.

With FCPX: on systems with CUDA-enabled video cards, Neat Video plug-in may try to use CUDA to speed up processing and in some cases during the first start of FCPX, the plug-in may give an error indicating a lack of free GPU memory. Please restart FCPX in such a situation, this may help to resolve the problem. Alternatively, disable use of GPU in Neat Video's Preferences: open the main window of the plug-in using the·"Options window"·popup menu, go to menu Tools > Preferences > Performance and select to use CPU only.

With FCPX: FCP X with enabled skimming and background rendering may be slower to respond to user actions when a computationally-intensive filter (such as Neat Video) is added to the project. Please consider disabling skimming and/or background rendering in FCPX Preferences or temporarily disabling Neat Video (in the panel·Inspector > Video > Effects > Reduce Noise) when not adjusting Neat Video's settings.

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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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