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Convert your Final Cut Pro X timelines into Motion projects with a free web app

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Up until now there were two ways to get your FCPX timelines into Motion. Buy an application or painstakingly export each clip out and rebuild it layer by layer in Motion. Not any more. A new web application does the hard work for you. for free.

One of the most requested features in Final Cut Pro X has to be the ability to take a timeline into Motion to add effects and graphics. You used to be able to do to with FCP7, it was a touch unstable, but it worked.

Then came a commercial app which did a very good job. We thought that was it until we got an email from Andrea Righi from Il Gatto Ha Nuove Code.

As you can imagine, we get a lot of emails a day and it can be hard to give each enquiry the time it deserves, but this one stood out immediately.

Andrea told us about a web application from his company that automatically converts FCPX timelines into Motion projects. Just upload the FCPXML to the website and then download a Motion project. For free!

We had to try it out immediately!

It didn't work. There were a few problems that we found, but with a good email dialogue over the weekend, Andrea has managed to fix the bugs and it now works rather well.

Let us take a very simple FCPX timeline:

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Export that project's FCPXML, upload to the website and then download the Motion project from the button on the right - Boom!


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As you can see. Not only is the project the correct length and frame rate, all the layers are in order and are timed correctly. Not bad for a free app! 

Andrea is keen to point out that this service is in beta and undergoing constant updates. It has progressed a lot from when we first tried it last week. 

Although a lot of the media's attributes are translated, there are things that don't carry over. Andrea is very keen to support titles, generators, retiming, keyframes, audio, markers and freeze frames.

So we ask two things, please send Andrea any feedback you have on the app and secondly, why not click the donate button on the webpage. Although the service is free, why not give Andrea a free coffee or beer. He certainly deserves it.




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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.

amazon kindle BF

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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