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8 More free Final Cut Pro X effects on #FreeEffectFriday

8 free effect friday oct 18

After a rather quiet week, (which bodes well for upcoming FCPX news we suppose) we have another bumper crop of free FCPX effects for #FreeEffectFriday.

It might be quiet on the news front, but the free plugin writers have been very busy. There are actually more than eight free plugins up for grabs, but that would have caused chaos with our banner!

We welcome Klick Video.TV who are publishing their free effects that get used on their own productions. We counted about nine free effects on the site. We will feature three.

Scottish Sepia is an effect that grades the video with a tint and a vignette. Yes the sun does shine in Scotland, but if you are after an old, slightly gloomy look then this fits the bill!


Next from Klick Video is a lower third called Rectangle 2. The colour and position of the graphic can be changed to match a program or corporate colour palate.


And finally from Klick Video is an effect called Dream Sequence which adds a moody dreamy feel to footage. Might come in handy with the next transition!


Free FCPX effect stalwart Alex Gollner is not only churning more effects out, he's also taking requests! 

Alex got a request from Mike Matzdorff:

Could you build a generator that would give me both a timecode burn in and a footage and frames counter? I'm looking for one for a movie I'm working on, it's the first FCPx studio picture and I'm trying to help out our sound guys. the timecode start should be user definable feet and frames should be like 35mm 4 perf (16 frames per foot)

Alex stepped up to the plate and produced  Timecode 35mm 4-perf


Thomas Fenger requested a 'flashback' style transition. Alex has made this 'Scooby Doo' style effect called Alex4D Flashback. As much as we tried, we couldn't manage to get the line 'I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky meddling kids' into the article!


Fox Mahoney has been busy as well, he's posted three new effects since our last Free Effect Friday.

Branded as a help to those who miss LiveType (Are the fonts not in Motion?) Fun Type is a generator with a lot of controls to get different styles of text.


Next is an effect called ASCII Art which provides a very flexible text overlay over media.


And finally, a retro style TV test pattern sans Indian head called Test Pattern HD.


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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.

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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. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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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.


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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.


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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