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X-FX Handler 22 Mar 2014 09:41 #43191

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Few days ago there was a thread about showing hiding FX.
Same time I got some mails from FCP users whether my old tool for FCP would work with FCPX.

This old one wouldn't work cause of the differences in XML. But since 10.1.x the XML's features come closer to those ones from legacy – though even Apple states that they aren't perfect.
But finally I decided to bring back my old app to new life.

The app searches for everything which XML internally is an "effect". The count of usage, the name, the user visible type and the FCPX internal usages are listed. Optional you can show the clip names which do use a certain "effect" – except for transitions. Selecting a clip name will set the clipboard to this name and you can use the "find" in FCPX,

The app allows to enable/disable "effects" or just to remove them. These actions are immediately saved to the XML.
The XML can be imported into FCPX and will create a modified copy of the timeline.
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Download: www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/X-FXH...er/XFX%20Install.dmg

-Andreas
Last Edit: 22 Mar 2014 11:21 by Andreas Kiel.
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X-FX Handler 22 Mar 2014 10:49 #43193

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Hi Andreas,

this is again a great tool!

Many THX!

Hans
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X-FX Handler 22 Mar 2014 14:24 #43197

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Hey Andreas,

This simply works darn well! Thank you.

- Ronny
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X-FX Handler 22 Mar 2014 20:00 #43219

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Andreas.

Another very useful tool.
Thank You Sir!

Dave
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X-FX Handler 24 Mar 2014 10:46 #43301

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Cause of the bad weather this Sunday I did some changes on X-FX Handler.

I included the standard stuff : "Color, Transform, Crop, Distort"
There is a new handling for transitions – though I'm not that happy with it. It's correct but a bit confusing because a simple transition in the timeline can include both audio and video transitions as separate transitions.

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Also the "ClipView" has changed. You can disable/enable FX by clip with a double click on the selected clip.

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Download: www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/X-FXH...er/XFX%20Install.dmg

-Andreas

P.S. If you got feature requests let me know.
Last Edit: 24 Mar 2014 11:29 by Andreas Kiel.
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X-FX Handler 24 Mar 2014 17:40 #43323

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Great work, Andreas!

-Ronny
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X-FX Handler 29 Mar 2014 11:51 #43735

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Peter was so kind to publish details about this little app in the news.

There is an updated version available which can make more sense in a kind of "global" usage.
Often enough you transport a library from one machine to another without knowing whether the "effects" used are installed at the right place (or at all installed) on the "target machine".
The little app now checks the paths of all "external effects" and shows whether the "effect" can be found or not.

The problem for the user is that many or most of the commercial FX have an encoded name/path in the XML like:
<effect id="r12" name="Film Flash" uid="~/Transitions.localized/3CD07BEC-A194-44A4-9AEF-227898C37709.localized/C96FFD8C-6CF5-4DE7-AEFC-78F113053023.localized/C96FFD8C-6CF5-4DE7-AEFC-78F113053023.motr"/>
So it looks like they can't be found (or moved or copied) in Finder easily as they visually show up under a different name/path in the Finder.

I hope that the next version of the app allows to replace missing FX in the XML. But its really tricky to do.

-Andreas

Download: www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/X-FXH...er/XFX%20Install.dmg
Last Edit: 29 Mar 2014 11:53 by Andreas Kiel.
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X-FX Handler 29 Mar 2014 19:06 #43767

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It was me asking about the enable / disable effects ability!
Very useful in my workflow! Thank you Andreas~
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X-FX Handler 31 Mar 2014 01:38 #43818

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This is genius and you read my mind about finding external effects. I have run into trouble when archiving projects and then bringing them back only to find that the effects are no longer there (due to a system re-install or using another machine). Now I create an Effects folder and drop copies of all my external effects used. Brilliant!
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X-FX Handler 31 Mar 2014 10:18 #43826

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Matthew,

I got good news for you there is a new version.

As a mentioned earlier the 'real' path often is different from the 'displayed' path. So there can be confusion.

This new version allows to check paths and display whether they are valid or not. Also there is a spotlight search for duplicates on the current boot drive.

checkPaths.png


FXCollision.png



There is an option create to a report which is stored to the clipboard. You can paste it into a text editor or a spreadsheet.

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Download: www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/X-FXH...er/XFX%20Install.dmg

-Andreas
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X-FX Handler 07 Oct 2016 18:31 #80577

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Hi Andreas,

Thank you for X-FX handler, it has been quite useful from time to time.

I am on Macos Sierra now, and when trying to open any fcpxml, X-FX handler crashes.

Do you know if this an OS problem, and do you think X-FX handler will perhaps be updated some time in the future?
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X-FX Handler 07 Oct 2016 19:01 #80578

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This seems to be an OS problem of a library I'm using. I don't know when it will be updated.
For those few users of of the app it won't be worth the time to write a replacement of it by my own.
But as soon they will update the lib I will update the app.

- Andreas
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X-FX Handler 07 Oct 2016 19:13 #80579

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Well know I know, thanks for the info!
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X-FX Handler 08 Oct 2016 17:14 #80589

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Thanks ! I am an hidden user of your app. I suspect there are more :)
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X-FX Handler 10 Oct 2016 12:14 #80610

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Manoucho and all the others here

Could you send me a console log running XFX (not a crash log) so I can figure out better the parts which are not working in the external lib.

Andreas
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X-FX Handler 10 Oct 2016 12:28 #80612

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I only seem to get this in console.app

Oct 10 14:26:00 tmls-2 X-FX Handler[15452]: notify name "user.uid.501.BRNotificationServerAvailabilityChanges" has been registered 20 times - this may be a leak
Oct 10 14:26:08 tmls-2 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.spherico.X-FX Handler.6612[15452]): Service exited due to signal: Segmentation fault: 11 sent by exc handler[0]
Oct 10 14:26:12 tmls-2 ReportCrash[15648]: Saved crash report for X-FX Handler[15452] version 1.1 (0.3b) ....... /X-FX Handler_2016-10-10-142612_tmls-2.crash
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X-FX Handler 10 Oct 2016 13:06 #80614

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Chris,

Thanks for taking the time to test.

Andreas
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X-FX Handler 11 Oct 2016 13:54 #80644

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Just sent my log to your email. Good luck fixing it !!
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