***Updated with link to hard copy on Amazon***
The reaction to Edgar Rothermich's first FCPX graphic manual was immense, it has sold many copies since the launch. Now he's produced a second book, Final Cut Pro X -The Details.
Probably one of the most common graphics you'll have to build as an editor is the 'lower third.' More tips in this Macbreak Studio on how to roll your own for FCPX
Why does an important piece of news always happen on a Friday afternoon? Yes you read the title right, Automatic Duck have posted all their XML and FCPXML translation tools for free download.
***Updated with 'bootleg' video***
Wow, what a statement to wake up to this morning. It's pretty obvious from some comments last night at the SuperMeet in Boston that Walter's not too keen on FCPX.
Noise industries must be one of the most prolific tutorial makers for plugins out there. These two new plugin tutorials are for stylising video.
A slightly different MacBreak studio for you this time. This is the 'Directors Cut' or the version you would find in the extras on a DVD. FCPX color correcting, keying and a lot lot more.
A quiet day in the FCPX world so far after yesterday's raft of news. A good time to take a look at an excellent article about using keywords in FCPX.
You might have visited our growing list of free Final Cut Pro X effects on our Forum, but we thought this one was worth a special mention. A free BBC specification title & action safe layer, definitely worth a bookmark.
A headline writers dream, not the name of the product but the opportunity was far too good to miss! ISP from Japan have updated their Film Color like HDR plugin to work with Final Cut Pro X.
There has been a huge buzz on the Internet since it was announced that BlackMagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 8.1 would take FCPX projects. Patrick Woodard gives us half an hour of how he grades using the application.
Intelligent Assistance have launched their import translator, Project X27. It does exactly what it says on the tin by allowing the conversion of Final Cut Pro X projects into Final Cut Pro 7 sequences.
You're recording with a flat gamma curve on either an Arri Alexa or the Sony F3 with the SLog option. Pomfort have just released two new plugins for FCPX and Final Cut Pro 7 to get those files into Rec.709 to display correctly in FCP.
Another episode of MacBreak Studio and this time Mark and Steve take a closer look at GPU rendering in Final Cut Pro X and distributed rendering with Compressor.
Digieffects have joined the list of companies that have updated their plugins to work with Final Cut Pro X. Delerium is the first pack that gets the makeover.
Hot on the heels of the weekend's excitement with FCPX and FCP7 project interchange, Jef Gibbons got in touch with us to share his Final Cut Pro X OMF export 'workaround'
Friday saw the release of Resolve 8.1, an update to the color grading tool that now allows the import and export of FCPX projects. What followed however was a weekend of discovery when editors realised they could use this to swap projects between FCPX and FCP7.
We know that Final Cut Pro X is great for converting and editing quicktime files from DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D. What if you want a more robust method for ingesting, cataloging and backups?
How many Final Cut Pro X editors haven't used or even installed Motion5? Well if you are one of them then this episode of Macbreak Studio is a good place to start to understand the creative possibilities the app could bring.
This is an interesting one that got us scratching our heads yesterday. It also looks like we're not the only people who have noticed this strange bug in Final Cut Pro X.
What a superb idea. Compile into a database all the common error codes you'll likely to come across on Mac based video editing software. Then wrap it all up into a searchable iPhone & iPad app for $1.99.
Now that the interoperability between Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve has been announced, we are sure many editors are going to be looking at this combination to grade their projects. Patrick Inhofer takes us on a 2 hour Resolve catch up course.
Mark Spencer presents Motion for FCPX editors at the recent Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group meeting. He illustrates with examples the fact that you don't need to know Motion to benefit from its image processing tools in FCPX.
Over half an hour of information and tips on Final Cut Pro X from Steve Martin of Ripple Training. The first presentation we've seen stopped by a heckler too.
Crumplepop have added to their range of Final Cut Pro X effects by publishing SplitScreen X. Create vertical, horizontal and diagonal split screen effects easily from within FCPX for $75.
Nope, this isn't the same competition we ran a few weeks ago, MotionVFX have launched a sequel to their mLooks effects pack, it's called mLooks2. You can win one of the 5 packs we have to give away.
As a follow-up to his popular trim, crop & Ken Burns tutorial, the FCPX Master Michael Mehlhorn publishes a video on the basic tools within FCPX.
We have heard more and more about CatDV being able to transfer Final Cut Pro 7 sequences to FCPX, but we haven't seen it in action. Square Box Systems have just published an article to show you how it's done.
A few months on from the release of Final Cut Pro X, we thought we would take a look at what you can do or need once you've bought FCPX. Content, tutorials, books and videos all await.
We know we looked at using roles in Final Cut Pro X earlier this week, but these guys go into a lot more depth. One super useful alpha channel tip in there that's not to be missed.
We were so pleased whilst watching this video of Gary Adcock from the recent IBC 2011 show in Amsterdam. Right from the off, he gets Final Cut Pro X and his 15 minutes is well worth a view.
Alex Lindsay, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer present another 90 minutes of MacBreak Studio. In this episode they concentrate on the news, features and problems of the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 update.
*** Winners announced***
Today Idustrial Revolution has announced that its popular particle effect filter and transition plugin ParticleMetrix is now available for Final Cut Pro X. We have five copies of this flexible plugin to give away.
With the recent update of Final Cut Pro X to 10.0.1, an XML import & export feature became available.This article might be a very good place to start from to get an understanding of this flexible tool.
Last week when the 10.0.1 update was announced, 'Roles' seemed to be the answer to exporting your audio out of Final Cut Pro X to another app for post. Does this new 'Media Stems Export" method replace OMF?
Andy Anderson from Infinite Skills has produced 142 lessons or 10.5 hours worth of Final Cut Pro X tuition for $99.99. The course is available by download or on DVD.
Two completely different tutorials on using green screen in your productions. One of them qualifies for inclusion as it describes the process in Final Cut Pro X, the other because it's informative and fun for a Friday.
We were pleased to be invited to the Sony Press Conference at IBC a few weeks ago. In the presentation the Final Cut Pro X icon was used, so afterwards we asked some questions and got a few surprising answers.
We've been expecting it for a while, Apple have released a free update to Final Cut Pro X. New features are included and some features announced for the future.
You might have seen this pop up a couple of days ago, we eagerly clicked a link in an email from Steve Martin to find the article unavailable. It's now back up, so if you really need that 3 way color corrector back in your FCPX life, read on.
Michael Wohl needs no introduction to us FCPers, but Dan Bérubé gave him an excellent one anyway. 30 minutes of Final Cut Pro X recorded at the recent Amsterdam SuperMeet.
We had many emails from people in Scotland asking us when the posted meeting of the UKFCUG was going to happen in Glasgow. Just to jog everybody's memories, Rick Young has sent us the agenda of the meeting on the 22nd of this month.
So where is the deinterlace filter in Final Cut Pro X? A question asked by many including ourselves. FXMahoney has come up with a rather neat FCPX deinterlace tip.
A couple of videos from new tutorial maker Paulus the Woodgnome. Also probably the best colour picker tip for Final Cut Pro X you'll see for a while. We certainly learnt a few things.
A great video from the new Final Cut Pro X tutorial maker, FCPX Master. We see the differences between trimming, cropping and of course the old favourite, the Ken Burns effect on photos.
Digital Heaven have launched a $49 pack of five transitions for Final Cut Pro X. Lens flares to camera shutters, these effects will liven up your productions.
The newly announced Thunderbolted Intensity Extreme from Blackmagic Design is targeted at professional videographers. Small, bus powered with HDMI in & out, it will retail for €209.
Matrox have taken a different approach to Thunderbolt connectivity with their I/O products compared to other manufacturers. Instead of building new models with Thunderbolt connectors, the adaptor allows new and existing products to use the superfast technology.
So your client wants to use one of the supplied Motion 4 templates in Final Cut Pro X. That's no problem, but how do you modify the template to match their corporate colours? Mark Spencer explains all.
This one took a bit of research, probably because Japanese isn't our strong point! ISP have ported their high quality blue/green screen keyer to Final Cut Pro X, not forgetting that it still works in FCP7.
We first saw this a few days ago and to be honest were slightly put off by the sparse website. There is nothing like a fresh demo to prove a point and here the author shows off the script exporting RED material out of Final Cut Pro X and into After Effects.
In these two vidoes, Larry Jordan the FCP guru of jaw dropping fame, runs us through Final Cut Pro X from scratch. If you've never worked the app before then this is a good place to start.
So you like using FCPX, but want to use a project from the previous version of Motion. No problem, Mark Spencer shows us how to get Motion4 projects into Final Cut Pro X.
The new rigging feature in Motion5 gives huge power to those who want to build their own effects for Final Cut Pro X. Andy Neil gives us a lesson on building an effect using widgets & rigs.
So how close are the trimming modes between FCP7 and FCPX? In this tutorial all the major trimming methods are examined in both versions of Final Cut Pro.
Everybody knew that Apple shouldn't have killed off FCP7 when FCPX was released. Have Apple listened to their customers and put Final Cut Pro 7 back on the market?
Well the promo video for the event certainly got a lot of interest. Let's see if the videos of the discussion lived up to the hype.
Rays, you either love them or hate them, but used right they can add a lot of impact or subtle realism. Digital Film Tools have upgraded their Rays plugin to work with Final Cut Pro X.
When we first saw this video we thought "Why would anyone want to make music in Final Cut Pro X?" Then after watching the tutorial we realised that FCPX has some pretty powerful audio tools built in.
If you've got an hour and a half spare, grab a coffee and enjoy Alex Lindsay, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer talk about Final Cut Pro X. Packed full of FCPX information with an added bonus of how to make shot glasses out of CDs.
Today MotionVFX has launched mFlare, a plugin that brings gorgeous optical style lens flare effects to Motion5 and Final Cut Pro X. We have 5 copies to give away in our competition.
Sick of skimming in Final Cut Pro X? Could Apple be planning on including a three dimensional CoverFlow in iMovie first and therefore FCPX? Who knows, but they got awarded the patent.
Brand new today, a set of 60 grading effects for Final Cut Pro X and Motion5. We have five copies to giveaway
We return to Macbreak for episode two of Steve Martin and Mark Spencer's chat about Final Cut Pro X.
Has anybody said to you "Is FCPX different from FCP7" and you've had to try to describe the vast changes in the new version? This video might help.
If you are attending IBC this year then make sure you stay for the 4th annual SuperMeet on Sunday the 11th of September. The full guest lineup has been published too.
We know that that the lack of multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X is one of Apple's top priorities to fix in an update. But what if you have a multicam job to edit and you don't want to use FCP7?
What with IBC around the corner and summer holidays happening, it is a slow news day here on the FCP.co campus. We were saving this for Friday but thought it might lighten up a dull Tuesday. NSFW
Digital Heaven are no strangers to writing software for Final Cut Pro. This is their first offering for FCPX, two free effects, a grid generator and a safe title area generator.
No guesses to which piece of editing software the boys are talking about here. They start right from the beginning with what will hopefully be a series on Final Cut Pro X.
When Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central posted his excellent 15 part grading tutorial, we overlooked the range of presets he had made for FCPX. He's offering free presets as well as a $49 pack of looks.
***Updated with link to hard copy version***
What a brilliant idea from Edgar Rothermich, build a manual for Final Cut Pro X that is light on text and heavy on the graphics. We like this a lot because as Edgar correctly states with the phrase 'A picture is worth a thousand words.'
Walter Biscardi put the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta Cutters together in three weeks from scratch. He lined up demos of the top NLE's and more for the packed house.
This guy talks sense. He has boiled down into one video information that would have taken other Final Cut Pro gurus a whole day to present. We've watched a lot of FCPX videos here and if you can get past the rather odd window location, we definitely recommend a view. Humorous too.
What better way to promote your live FCPX panel discussion than to make a film? Owing much to George Orwell and Ridley Scott, this short's message is very familiar.
Four videos from the recent LAFCPUG meeting. Jon Chappell runs through the many features in Pro Media Tools and Todd Prives demos Edge, the new set of plugins from GenArts.
Final Cut Pro X might not be for you, so what are the options? Oliver Peters takes a tour through the NLE alternatives.
When we posted the first two of Andrews' videos the last two were not available on Vimeo. Here he talks about the missing features within Final Cut Pro X and finishes off with the question "Is it for you?"
You might have seen our list of free Final Cut Pro effects over on our forum, it grows every day! This template was too good to not be mentioned on our front page, an animating photo album from Robbert-Jan van der Does.
Nice to see somebody showing off what Final Cut Pro X CAN do instead of slamming it all the time. In these four videos from the recent LAFCPUG meeting, Steve Kanter runs through the positives.
You've got to be impressed by a demo that includes Monk footage - not that we are saying that the episodes get cut on Final Cut Pro X! Moviola Events presents Andrew running the audience through the new FCPX timeline.
A few of us editors met up in London for a grande cafe latte and ended up talking motion graphics and how to add a bit polish to boring shots, products, text e.t.c. The general consensus was that you can't go wrong with lens flares, clients just love them!
Peachpit produce some of the best training books for software on the market, we've got a few of them on the shelves here on the FCP.co campus. They also produce the official books used for FCP certification.
The three wise men of Final Cut Pro X answer questions at the recent LAFCPUG meeting. Filmed a few days after FCPX's release, they tackle some of the big questions about our new editing software.
You might have noticed that we have been building a list of free FCPX & Motion effects for download over on our forum. Let's take the thought further though...
The ability to edit 3D material wasn't included in the list of features of Final Cut Pro X when it was launched in June. Dashwood Cinema Solutions have plugged that gap by updating their 3D editing tools for FCPX.
If you've looked at the Final Cut Pro X section of the Apple website today, you might have seen four new videos added. Apple have come out of their corner fighting.
It's a pretty slow news day unless you want to watch a Sesame Street FCPX remix or a Gorilla with a GoPro. An ideal opportunity to post the last series of Final Cut Pro X color grading tutorials.
We have had many emails from people asking when the next set of tutorials would be available from Color Grading Central. The next five of these superb videos are now posted after the break.
Noise Industries were the only plugin company to have products that worked with FCPX on the day it was released. The new version of FxFactory is ready for that Lion OS X 10.7 and Final Cut Pro X combination. Tutorials after the break.
How do you keep all your custom Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 effects synchronised across multiple machines? Turner Hall sent us this handy tip.
What do you do when you've just downloaded a new app? Doesn't everybody open the package contents and have a look at the internal frameworks and resources? Alex Gollner kindly put together this summary of his detective work for FCP.co.
So you've shot your footage on a Canon 5D using the CineStyle picture profile from Technicolor, now you want to edit in FCPX. Do you need a plugin?
When we saw that building effects using rigging in Motion was possible, we didn't think it would be long before more complex designs were posted. This aperture effect is a good example.
Over the weekend Scott sent us an email about his recent webinar on FCPX. We will let him take up the story about the list after the break.
It started off with a few late night tweets a couple of days ago about a possible price rise of Final Cut Pro X on the UK App Store. We have to admit we're slightly confused, so please chip in with your global findings.
Final Cut Pro has never been good at slow motion. The introduction of FCPX has now brought Optical Flow retiming within the app -so what does video at 1% of original speed look like?
Rob Tinworth has made this short video on his life with Final Cut Pro. We won't say too much about it, we'll let you enjoy the ride. Expect this to get posted on every blog in the next 24 hours.
Oliver doesn't go for link bait headlines or 'First Look' reviews that get published 30 minutes after a product is released. He takes his time and writes probably some of the best articles on editing on the internet.
We had a rather irate email from a reader saying that these tutorials had no place on our website. We disagree as we think anybody whether a student or author with Jordonian status has voice and a place.
Digital Rebellion have upgraded and renamed their very successful FCS Maintenance Pack to Pro Maintenance Tools. More supported apps, more features, Lion compatible and we have two copies to give away.
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