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The Top Ten Apps for Final Cut Pro X

As top tens are always popular here on FCP.co, we decided to put together a 'cardinal listicle' for the best applications that work with Final Cut Pro X.

It all started off as a conversation about the great ecosystem that has grown up around FCPX. Then the thought that a list of all the really helpful applications that work with Final Cut Pro X might be a great idea for an article. 

We agree and our top ten FCPX apps are below. No particular order, just a great list of programs that help FCPX editors.

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 1) X2Pro

X2Pro from Marquis Broadcast was released at the same time as the first version of FCPX. It takes FCPXML and creates an AAF file which Avid's Pro Tools can open. If your project is going for a sound dub, using this $149.00 app will take away a lot of the pain. It's an old demo video below, but the principles are still the same.

 

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 2) SendToX

Originally called 7toX, SendToX is a $9.99 app from Intelligent Assistance that translates FCP7 and Premiere Pro XML into FCPX. A very handy way to get those old FCP7 projects updated into X. It was also released on the same day as FCPX. The first of a few entries from Philip and Greg.

Find out what does and what doesn't translate in this PDF SendToX/7toX for Final Cut Pro

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 3) Final Cut Library Manager

Get rid of unwanted optimised, proxy and render files on your hard disks with the €20 app Final Cut Library Manager 3Final Cut Library Manager 3. Reclaims Gigs of space on disks with the option for creating templates and moving and deleting Libraries.

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4)XtoCC

Another entry from Philip and Greg from Intelligent Assistance. This time the $50 app XtoCC (was called Xto7 ) does the reverse of SendToX. This app takes a FCPX Event or Project and converts it into FCP 7 XML ready for Adobe Premiere or FCP7!

You can read the whole story of the development of XtoCC here.

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5) Xsend Motion 

An application that brings back functionality from the FCP7/Motion roundtripping days. The $99 XSend Motion app from Automatic Duck allows the editor to take FCPX timelines and content into Motion. You can read Ronny Courten's review here.

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6) WORX4 X

Another app from Marquis Broadcast. WORX4 X is a $90 application that media manages by actually trimming the unused media from clips. Rather like the old media managing in FCP7, this app makes a new XML of a sequence with a linked folder full of trimmed media with user definable handles. 

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7) Producer's Best Friend

The third and last entry from Philip and Greg at Intelligent Assistance. Producer's Best friend is a $99 app that takes FCPX XML from a Project and converts selected data into a spreadsheet with no fiddly copy and pasting. This can automate the logging of music and stock or archive video for example. It makes analysing a finished timeline a lot easier and exact, hence the name.

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 8) VideoTweet

The fastest way to get video uploaded on to Twitter. This $6 application from Arctic Whiteness allows the editor to upload video to Twitter in the correct format with just a few clicks from directly inside FCPX.

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9) MergeX

If you have ever tried to merge two FCPX events together, you'll know it's not easy. MergeX a $49 application does the hard work for you by combining keywords, ratings and metadata on each clip. More information here.

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10) Frame.io

Well, maybe more of a service than an application, but we think their online client approval system is possibly one of the best additions to FCPX. Frame.io can export to the web directly from inside FCPX. There's also now a cool iOS app that clients can review and comment on videos on.

 

And that's our top ten! There are many more apps, but those ten stand out. Do you have a favourite we haven't listed? If so you can add it in the comments below.

 

 


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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. 

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.

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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.

FCP.co

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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