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Morphing transitions tutorial and using the Contour ShuttlePRO for colour correction in FCPX

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Two tutorials or demos today. First is a very clever way to morph between jump cuts in an interview. The second is a very customised Contour ShuttlePRO geared up to make colour correction easy.

Have you ever edited an interview together and either run out of cover shots, wanted to nip out some 'ers' or just wanted to butt two bites together and not resort to an obvious cutaway?

FCP.co forum regular T Payton has come up with an ingenious way of morphing over cuts in interviews. This type of morphing isn't new, we have to give Zac Peric the original credit for harnessing optical flow in this way. Unfortunately his website with the original demo looks like it has been taken over by an iPhone selling Wordpress bot.

Back to T Payton as he takes the whole process many steps further. By building a two frame movie, reimporting and then retiming using optical flow, he creates a morph transition between clips. 

A very clever technique and we have to thank T for making and sharing the tutorial.

A couple of things to note here. First of all your background needs to be still, if the interview was shot handheld then forget about it, it will look very ugly with morphs. Maybe stabilising the shots first using tripod mode might just fix things.

Secondly, don't bother diving into Motion to try and create a custom morphing transition that can be published to FCPX. Motion will not let you retime the A&B inputs in a transition. We spent quite a chunk of time trying a while ago and failed. Cloned layers, dummy movies, we tried the lot!


The other video that caught our eye this morning was the use of a Contour ShuttlePRO to grade on the Color Board in FCPX. We are not great fans of third party surfaces, but David Gibson seems to have a very cool & quick set of commands mapped out on his ShuttlePRO.

We scoured the Contour site & forums for an updated map for the keys that would allow the board to be controlled and we could only find an old set that goes back to 10.0.5. However, would you believe T Payton has published his own set of commands mapped for FCPX that he says work a lot faster. He's been busy hasn't he!

We have reached out to David about his settings, in the meantime, take a look at him grading using the ShuttlePRO.


As a final thought, visiting the Contour website reminded us that one of our colleagues absolutely loves his Contour RollerMouse. He was writing scripts, but it would be very interesting to see if anybody has used this novel controler with Final Cut Pro X.



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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!

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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.

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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. 

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