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CoverFlux the free iTunes style slideshow plugin now updated for FCPX and Premiere Pro

coverflux free fcpx plugin

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.

There are a lot of free FCPX plugins and templates out there, you only have to look at our constantly expanding list on our Forum to see how you can download hundreds of different effects without having to get your credit card out. Free cross-platform plugins are slightly different and because of the resources needed to build and test such effects, they are a lot less in numbers.

So we were very pleased to see that the popular CoverFlux2 plugin from Idustrial Revolution has been updated for Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere. It will also continue to work with the existing hosts of FCP7, Motion, FCE and After Effects. 

This free plugin takes an editable folder of images and displays them in an 'iTunes' coverflow style. You are not limited to the straight head on view either.


"Load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. Select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle and even the depth of field of the display. Add round corners, soft edges and even a travelling gloss to highlight edges. Display with square or round corners, make them soft or use your own mask. Use the full XYZ camera movement & rotation to fly around the stack whilst animating."

There are three options of controlling the animation. You can choose between the animation taking the duration of the generator length, an animation in duration of seconds, or full manual control. The latter method allows you to go out of order with the images so you could go image 1, image 5, image 2, image 7 e.t.c.

We were impressed that we could get CoverFlux to run in the FCPX timeline without rendering even though it was doing some pretty heavy graphic work including titles and blurs. It is also very quick to configure and it's a very fast way to produce good looking slideshows without having to add moves, transitions and keyframes to a folder of photographs.

CoverFlux2 is a free download. You will need the plugin management system FxFactory to install the plugin, but that is a free download & install too.

There is an existing demo on CoverFlux running in Final Cut Pro 7, the operations of the plugin in other hosts is similar.





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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.

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

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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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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.

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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. 

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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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