November FCPX Plugin roundup

It's Bonfire Night, or the day before the US elections or if you don't live in the UK or the States, November the fifth. Five days in and we feature our first plugin roundup for the month.

We didn't expect to be writing a plugin roundup so soon in the month, but the way things are going it looks like these updates may become a weekly fixture! Slightly odd that we also feature the same three plugin producers with new products, but maybe that should be an indication of how easy it is to produce and market FCPX effects.

So let's start the list with Skippor. Slide is a budget $10 plugin that animates photographs. 

"Slide presents your photos in a pleasant and professional way. Drop from 1 to 10 photos into the 10 different styles, which the slide plugin contains. All 10 styles present your photos in a unique way, and they are all customizable. For example you can change the frame color so it fits your photos or you can make the motion/slide faster or slower."


Pixel Film Studios have been a prolific publisher of FCPX plugins, building up a diverse portfolio over the last couple of months. Their new plugin is called Protrace and is currently discounted down from $49.95 to $29.95. This plugin turns video into cartoons, watercolour, chalkboard or other 'arty' treatments. It will be interesting to see how the comic book preset shapes up against more expensive cell shading plugins.



And finally a new plugin from Fordee. Halftone is a budget $15 plugin that applies patterns over clips. 

"The Halftone effect applies one of several patterns to your clip. These patterns include dots, squares and x’s. You can control the way saturation is affected by the pattern against the original clip. You can also toggle an animated glowing scan light that traverses your clip either horizontally, vertically or both."



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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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