When Apple offered us the opportunity to borrow a fully specced out iMac to test, how could we refuse? We begin with a quick look at the machine, specifications, design and first observations.
Our taster article about Cantemo Portal (DAM) and FCPX proved to be very popular. So we are very pleased to publish a superb in depth article by Jonathan Eric Tyrrell called 'Working with Cantemo Portal.' He's also published a new workflow video showing how Cantemo and Final Cut Pro X work together.
Making good tutorials is a lot harder than it seems. So we are really pleased to see new tutorial maker Ben Consoli kick off a new series of short videos on FCPX.
We previewed The Touch earlier in the week and the good news is that today, Friday is the official release date. It retails for €19.95 and there's 300 gestures free for you to test it out. So get swiping!
Demoed at the recent Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group is Lumberjack. It's a real time logging application that inputs the data into FCPX and Final Cut Pro X. No Monty Python gags either.
This week's episode of MacBreak Studio sounds boring, but it contains some amazing demonstartions on how powerful the database can be in FCPX. Well worth a watch and then a rewatch.
A new Final Cut Pro X plugin from CineFlare this week. It's called Discoloration and provides 40 different light damage effects to stylise video.
Nocommotions has released three budget plugins for help when colour correcting in FCPX. Very reasonably priced, they range from $2.99 to $6.99.
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released a collection of effects and generators called the Editors Essential Plugin Suite. Also in this story you will see the coolest thing happening in FCPX this week!
There are a lot of Final Cut Pro X plugins out there, but there is also a core group of people who develop plugins and publish them for free download. Cartoonizer 2 is new to an expanding portfolio of free effects from one such writer.
It has been a week of new plugin products and Friday is no different. Tangent FX has released a $19 pack of swooping colour trails that perform transitions in FCPX.
When Apple axed Final Cut Server, it left a void in the digital asset management (DAM) market. Possible replacement company Cantemo has published a sneak video preview on the FCPX and Cantemo Portal workflow.
More new plugins this week and thankfully not a lawyer's letter in sight! Panel Pop from Stupid Raisins is a plugin pack full of transitions using panels.
Two plugins in two days isn't a bad record for Tokyo so far this month! Chrominator is a $49 plugin for Final Cut Pro X that takes a logo or text and adds a glossy bevelled edge.
***Updated with Winners***
Idustrial Revolution has released a new plugin pack in their XEffects product line for FCPX called X3 Camera Transitions. Priced at $49 it's chock full of old movie, still camera and projector effects. We have got five licences to give away too!
With possibly the coolest on screen controls of any Final Cut Pro X plugin out there, the new $49 ReAnimator plugin fixes small imperfections in video.
Vordio is an application that converts FCPXML into a file that digital audio workstation Reaper can read. All put together, this is a very flexible but inexpensive way to post produce audio from FCPX.
Boris FX has released an upgrade to the dialogue search tool Soundbite. The free Version 2.1 update brings added Final Cut Pro X support.
Jordan Smith wrote to us with a link to his article on sharing Final Cut Pro X projects. We liked the article so much, we asked if we could reprint it here on FCP.co. So if more than one editor is going to be working on the same project, read on...
As a contrast to last week's shenanigans and maybe because it's a holiday break for many, the FCP news has been a bit thin on the ground. A good time to catch up with the latest free tutorials posted and don't miss Larry Jordan's excellent film making story.
In the FCP.co office we were looking at storage options as our new Macs all have Thunderbolt ports. When we found out there was over 30% off the G-Technology G-Raid 8 Terabyte Thunderbolt Drive, the credit card didn't stay in the wallet for long!
Color Grading Central have released classyLook, a $69 plugin for Final Cut Pro X that not only colour corrects, it also emulates old classic film dye emulsions. We have a 20% off coupon for today only!
Jonathan Richards at HY-FX filled a small gap in FCPX functionality with a one click colour cast removal tool called HYColour. Now HyColour Pro moves the plugin into advanced colour correction and looks building.
SUGARfx have made editor's lives a lot easier by releasing a brand new $49 plugin for the display of subtitles in FCPX and Final Cut Pro 7 timelines.
If you are a regular reader on FCP.co, then you will be aware of Ripple Training's excellent range of tutorials for FCPX and Motion. They have just released a trial $1.99 iPad app based on the 10.0.6 update and they're after your feedback.
One of the features lacking in FCPX is the ability to save favourite effects just like our much loved FCP7 was able to. This new episode of MacBreak Studio shows us a workaround that works, for the majority of the time anyway.
A sad day in the Final Cut Pro X ecosystem as a row has broken out over the copying, publishing and selling of a copyrighted product. We won't go into the exact details here, but we will comment on the growing problem of copyright violation.
If you are editing with Final Cut Pro X for broadcast and you've been asked to supply a file for programme delivery, what specifications do you need to follow? Hamburg Pro Media have made life easier with the AS-11 Suite which will export your finished master complete with all the metadata needed.
We have had reports in from a few sources that the top of the range iMac has had problems when running Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Surely the machine must have enough horsepower, what is going on?
Let's face it, backing up is hardly the glamorous part of editing and data management, yet it is an essential one. This new $17.99 application called Backups from NP Associates will give every FCPX editor an extra safety net.
You might have seen we teased our Facebook page readers with a few images of PROCUTX last week. We are glad we held off publishing the story until now as the $24.99 app is now available on the App Store and is ready to use.
No cake this time, but this week we have more valuable tips and information from Steve Martin and Mark Spencer on MacBreak Studio. In this episode it's all about exporting audio.
SliceX, the masking plugin for FCPX was well received when Coremelt released it on to the market in November. The latest update brings the much requested ability to keyframe mask points.
The bullet time or timeslice technique was made very popular by The Matrix and as a result it has been done before and done again. What we liked about this musical version was the complexity of the FCP 7 timeline in the BTS video. And you thought your edits were complicated!
A busy week for news but maybe it will be remembered more by what products ended their life. We take a look at new software products and the end for some old hardware friends.
10 part French TV series Lazy Company had a split life in post production. Seven episodes were cut on Final Cut Pro 7 and three were cut on Final Cut Pro X. We speak to editor Olivier Galliano who gladly took on the challenge of using FCPX.
Mark Spencer and Steve Martin celebrate the 200th episode of the very popular MacBreak Studio series. After lighting the cakes they take a look at how Final Cut Pro X interprets graphic files and video clips.
Andrew Gormley has launched his online training program called Visual Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X. This budget course is made even better by Andrew offering 100 discounts codes for 50% off to FCP.co readers.
They are coming thick and fast from Pixel Film Studios. In the last week they have launched three new FCPX plugins called Produb, Prosnow and Proframe.
Like it or loathe it, the color board in Final Cut Pro X is the place to go to colour correct your footage. How about being able to control it and apply grades using the keyboard? Steve and Mark explore...
If you are one of the lucky people to be working with 4K Sony SR footage, then you will like the news that they have just released an import plugin for FCPX and Final Cut Pro 7.
We feature many new products here on FCP.co, but we thought it was time to post a range of new free tutorials for FCPX and Motion5 that have been published so far this year. Lots in there for Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
A few new plugins to catch up on after a busy week on the FCP.co campus. A mirror effect plugin for FCPX and a plugin that can change the weather with one click.
After a run of media management tips, it is good to see Steve and Mark back to the creating side of things. This week they are looking at moving a keyframed motion path without moving keyframes. Does that make sense?
It is already a bumper month for FCPX plugins and these four new products from Reelpath, Nattress and Pixel Film Studios get added to the list today. Moving picture in picture effects, bouncing and shatter transitions and a good 'ol film look.
Whatever you had planned for the next hour, cancel it. These superb walk-though tutorials from Magic Feather Inc show the workflow from start to finish of cutting a TV trail. See Final Cut Pro X up close and in action working on shared storage. Great information, great tips and a great watch.
It seems like Pixel Film Studios are releasing new plugins every other day! Their latest is a transition pack called Transflare and we have a 25% off coupon code for this and all of the rest of their plugins.
So you want to make a copy of a Final Cut Pro X event onto another drive so you can continue to edit whilst away from your main machine. This handy tip will show you how to make sure you've got all your files.
The first week into the new year and new plugins for Final Cut Pro X are already starting to appear. This latest plugin from Pixel Film Studios is designed to make the making of split screens easier. PROLUMETRIC gets released too.
It has been a very busy year in the life of Final Cut Pro X in 2012. Lots of updates, lots of new plugins and of course training courses and books. We thought we would take a look at the best selling FCPX books of 2012.
Good to see Steve Martin and Mark Spencer back in their normal chromakey studio after being in their acoustically lined box for the last season of MacBreak Studio. This time they are looking at media managing Motion files.
We have broken off from our Christmas to New Year break to bring you the latest episode of MacBreak Studio, it's a good one. Lots of exporting knowledge from the two guys as they look at more features from the 10.0.6 update.
The last new FCPX plugin post of the year belongs to new designer TangentFX. They have just released four brand new reasonably priced plugins onto the market.
Another two new FCPX products from different companies in the last week before Christmas. Pixel Film Studios release vintage looks plugin Prolaroid and Cineflare launch their lens flare pack Anamorphics.
Does any week go by without another pack of FCPX plugins being released? Expanding the transition options available to editors this time is Impackt from Luca Visual FX.
So you've finished your edit masterpiece, how do you output from FCPX now that the 10.0.6 update has removed the share menu? Steve Martin and Mark Spencer find out.
Controlling Final Cut Pro X from a iPhone or iPad isn't new. What is new however is Editmote 2 which gains added Final Cut Pro X support, gestures and more. We also have 3 copies to give away.
Thomas Szabo at Mindtransplant has emailed us to say that ClipExporter has been taken off the Mac App Store and is now free to download. It's not the end of this handy app for getting clips out of FCPX, it's the beginning of more development.
In this months plugin roundup we have a new grading plugin from Pixel Film Studios, an interesting update to 3D rendering in FCPX with Super Charger and two new plugins from the FxFactory stable.
If you've been working with Final Cut Pro X for a while you will know that it shows all events on a disk by default. Event Manager allows you to selectively hide or show events and it's just been updated with new features to version 1.2.
Another new feature explored in the 10.0.6 FCPX update from Steve Martin and Mark Spencer on this week's MacBreak Studio. This time they look at flexible clip connections.
Hot off the press is longtime FCP guru Rick Young's The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X. Should you need to brush up on your FCPX skills or just need a last minute stocking filler for Christmas, this graphic heavy publication might fit the bill. We have three to giveaway too.
There are many looks packages out there for FCPX, but they don't tackle some of the trickier colour correction problems that editors face. The new $25 HyColour colour grading utility plugin concentrates on getting the colours right.
A slightly unexpected but welcome early Christmas present, Apple have updated FCPX, Motion and Compressor. No new features though, mainly just bug fixes.
If there was one feature that caused the most moaning due to its absence at the launch of FCPX, it had to be dual viewers. The 10.0.6 update has brought the familiar two up layout back and the usual team of Mark & Steve take a look.
***Updated with machine stats***
As FCPX matures, we are seeing more and more features being cut on the software. The Precipice is a low budget Australian indie that chose to post on FCPX for flexibility and speed.
***Updated with promo price for Optics plugin***
The latest update to Noise Industries' FxFactory 4.0.1 brings a new plugin called Optics from Ripple Training and updates for XEffects 3D Transitions from Idustrial Revolution, Defocus from PHYX and Stereo 3D Toolbox from Dashwood Cinema Solutions.
User stories of Final Cut Pro X in action always get the most hits on FCP.co. So when Nick Militello contacted us with the information that his DSLR short ScFi thriller 'The Sphere' made the most of FCPX, we had to know more.
***Udated with FCPX release date***
Following on from flat picture styles for Canon DSLR's, Technicolor have launched CineStyle Color Assist. This $99 looks package for Final Cut Pro & Adobe Premiere brings their technology from blockbuster films to the NLE desktop.
We continue the look through the new features in the recent 10.0.6 update to Final Cut Pro X. This week our normal duo of Steve and Mark take a look at new functionality with compound clips.
One of the oldest plugin writers for FCP, Boris FX, has updated Continuum Complete for Final Cut Pro X. You can download and use the free beta for 30 days, but there is a sting in the tail. (Or wallet!)
If you have any cash left over from buying Macs, iPads and iPhones on Black Friday, then you might like to check out the discounts on plugins from Cineflare
Pixel Film Studios have released another three new plugins for Final Cut Pro X this month. We take a look at all three and offer our registered users a chance to buy the products at a discount. We all love discount codes don't we?
If you were impressed by the last tutorial from Steve and Mark on audio editing in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6, just take a look at this new episode. This time they look at the very cool new audio features in multicam editing.
The latest 10.0.6 update to FCPX brought sophisticated support for media shot on the RED cameras. This new white paper details different workflows with FCPX and also suggests one very handy tip for changing the resolution of your projects once editing has been finished.
The tutorials from Steve Martin and Mark Spencer are always good, but this one is excellent. The duo explore some of the new audio features in the 10.0.6 FCPX update. Essential viewing.
Everybody loves free plugins, especially when they offer a lot of functionality for no Dollars! Idustrial Revolution have just updated their popular plugin called CoverFlux which now brings iTunes style slideshows to Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
***Updated with new information from Sony***
We love finding new things at tradeshows and that's exactly what we did when we broke the news from NAB last year about the Sony XDCAM import plugin for FCPX. We couldn't get to Japan to discover the new FCPX XAVC import plugin that is on show at InterBEE 2012, but we know somebody who did.
Apple have updated their ProRes White Paper and tucked away are some interesting performance figures for Final Cut Pro X on a Retina Macbook Pro. A great read with some great explanations.
The plugin management system FxFactory from Boston based company Noise Industries has been updated to version 4. The big news is plugin compatibility with Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 for the Mac, but more plugins have been upgraded for Final Cut Pro X as well.
The recent Protune update that increases the bit rate on GoPro cameras has led to sharper, more saturated pictures. CrumplePop has released HDR for GoPro, a $49 plugin for Final Cut Pro X that can use all the extra data to give footage that high dynamic range look.
It's been a quiet few days for FCP news this week in the shadow of the US election. This gave us time to dream about our ideal FCPX edit suite if money was no object.
Forget clunky keyboards, forget jogwheels and forget vaporware iPad apps on Kickstarter, what we all want to do is control FCPX like Tom Cruise. Could this Glove Mouse be there already?
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.
Pinch, punch, first of the month and straight out of the trap is a new plugin from Coremelt that offers advanced masking tools in FCPX. It's also on special offer for a limited time.
Normally we are posting filters for skin smoothing and not making people look uglier! Just in time for Halloween, Digital Anarchy have kindly let loose Ugly Box, a filter for enhancing bad skin.
A double dose of the duo this morning! At the recent Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer took to the stage to present the latest features in the 10.0.6 FCPX update.
The easiest way to bill this episode of MacBreak Studio would be to say that it's pretty essential viewing if you import media from cards or cameras into FCPX. (Who doesn't?) Many tips from Mark & Steve in this one.
We all love free tutorials and new producer We Make Movies has wasted no time after the 10.0.6 update in publishing these eight. Get yourself a large coffee and enjoy some free training!
This week's Final Cut Pro X upgrade to 10.0.6 brought some excellent new features and some much requested old features back. But under the hood there have been more changes, one of them turbo boosting rendering on the timeline by a massive 3200%!
A new plugin from MotionVFX that adds custom distortion effects to video and graphics. Shakes, prisms, blurs, distorts, flickers, grain and pixelation all for just $49.
We sat down to watch the Apple presentation from San Jose today in glorious HD on our Apple TV. Mac Mini and iPad Mini were no big deal for us, we were completely sold on the new iMac. From December this could be the fastest Final Cut Pro X machine you can buy.
***Essential Apple update information now posted***
It was a day that started with with a few faux pas on tutorial videos and ended with not only new hardware, but the the update to FCPX we have all been waiting for. And what an update it is.
Hot off the heels of their lo-fi photography plugin Carousel, CrumplePop has released their second set of FCPX plugins in partnership with Red Giant. Called Retrograde the pack gives that 8 & 16 mm look to to video. They have also very kindly given us five copies to give away.
When we wrote the previous plugin roundup, we didn't expect to be writing another so soon! Three more plugins from different people including a free pack of 24 customised Apple templates.
Want more horsepower for your Mac Pro to run Final Cut Pro X and other GPU heavy applications faster? This tutorial shows you how to install a beefy PC GeForce GTX570 HD 2560MB graphics card into your Mac. Adobe fans take note, the CUDA drivers will help speed up Premiere and After Effects.
When we said October, we really should have said in the last few days. New plugins for FCPX are coming thick and fast so we thought we would combine them into a roundup. Freebies too.
Using adjustment layers in Final Cut Pro X allows editors to apply a grade across clips. In this tutorial we will look at how to build one in Motion and apply it in FCPX.
Are your transitions in FCPX looking a bit flat? Idustrial Revolution has launched a pack of 24 transitions built in 3D space which means variable focal length, depth of field, lighting and adjustable reflections. We've also got five copies to give away.
Boy did we touch a nerve when we suggested that Apple wasn't interested in keeping Quartz Composer alive. What we didn't realise at the time was Kosada had already spent two years working on a replacement! So why is this news to FCPX editors?
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