No more testing in the office, we took the Mac Pro on the road for a real outside broadcast TV job. This was cutting on the front line. So just how did the Mac Pro perform? You will be in for a very short surprise.
The 10.1 update to FCPX brought many improvements, the introduction of Libraries changed the way media is organised. Steve and Mark take a look at the range of options when importing media.
So just how good are the dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro? We asked audio visual performer Jim Warrier to take them to their limits by running visual performance benchmark apps. The faster they go, the faster FCPX and Motion will go too.
It's been an pretty packed year for FCPX and Apple news. We take a look back at the big stories of 2013, the great user profiles, the new products that were released, the trade shows and of course the year ending big software and hardware updates.
The first in a series of tutorial videos about the FCPX 10.1 updates, we kick off with a look at Libraries and how they have changed the way media is organised.
So much news in under a week. Within a thirty minute window starting at 8:30 GMT on Thursday the 19th of December, Apple updated FCPX, Motion & Compressor and also released the new Mac Pro to the world.
When Stephen Gray got in contact with us saying he had edited a short test film in RED 4K on Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and uploaded it to YouTube in 4K, we were impressed. FCP 10.1 was less than 24 hours old!
It's been twenty four hours since we started to use the new Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro 10.1. We thought we would post our initial findings on the hardware, the software and the combination of the two. We also publish a jaw dropping video showing just how many effects you can apply to a RED 4K clip without frame dropping. A must watch!
Mark Spencer and Steve Martin have put together this very comprehensive 4000 word article on what is new in Final Cut Pro 10.1. Lots to read, lots to learn in this feature packed free upgrade. A must read for FCPX editors.
Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's perfectly possible. When we say Steve goes deep into FCPX this week, we mean it! He discovers embedded apps, one of which will burn DVDs all day long.
Sam Mestman has no doubt that FCPX works, so confident that he is organising a same named event for the start of his new company in January that's free for all to attend.
For one day only, December the 17th, CrumplePop has slashed 40% off all their Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX plugins. Time to get the credit card out, it's a surprise winter sale!
Has a year really passed since we took a look at the top selling Final Cut Pro X books? It has, we are older, greyer and have a new winner as well as some old favourites and a few surprise entries.
Martin Gosset has emailed us to say that his interactive PDF about FCPX (written in French) has been updated. Many more pages, tips, a reference and of course that new name.
Another week of hitting the update button without joy means we have room for another MacBreak Studio. This time it's back to FCPX and we explore how to use shape masks.
When we saw this PBS survery over the weekend, we were very pleased to see how Final Cut Pro dominated the post production section. We were even happier when we saw that we could embed it here on FCP.co.
A new application from Norwegian developer Helge Tjelta helps by deleting unwanted media so that FCPX projects and events can be archived.
At FCP.co we don't really get into slanging wars about which NLE is better, but a recent post got our blood boiling. Rather than pick apart the article piece by piece, we thought we would take a wider look at the matter. We have arrived at the conclusion that there are four kinds of people when it comes to Final Cut Pro X.
The third instalment of the FCPX Man Diary catches up with our FCPX newbie as he starts a series of tutorials whilst at 30,000 feet. A smooth ride or does he encounter turbulence?
New Final Cut Pro X applications, plugins, tutorials and a video from the boss of Canon EOS who explains that video on the 5D MkII was an accident! We have put them all up into a Friday roundup.
Another new exciting niche of companion applications has started with OverlayPro from Videotic. Use an iOS device to record speed and altitude and then overlay the statistics in FCPX.
If there was such thing as a #FreeTutorialTuesday, it would be today. Not only do we the have latest episode of MacBreak Studio, we also have more free Final Cut Pro X and Motion tutorials from Andy Neil. Turn the Gaggia on!
UK production company Tech TV made the transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to FCPX and they haven't looked back since. Head of Production Matt Smith describes the reasons and benefits for switching.
Idustrial Revolution has just released a new set of 53 plugin and utility tools called XEffects Toolkit. It's priced at $49 and billed as 'The most advanced, most featured and most helpful set of tools on the market for Final Cut Pro X.' We have 5 copies to give away too!
Inspired by the possibility of Thunderbolt Bridging and the accidental discovery of Mavericks and FCPX 10.0.9 accepting growing EVS streams, we put the combination to the test. Did it work?
At the recent Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, a whole session was dedicated to FCPX. Sam Mestman and Noam Kroll both gave excellent presentations on how they use FCPX.
The Mavericks upgrade and FCPX has worked for the majority of users, others have had a few problems. Risking a Betteridge style answer, have we overlooked a feature in Mavericks that could help all users who want fast shared storage?
We knew that the new Mac Pro would generate a lot of news, but a $40,000 Red Mac Pro? It's true, we publish the link to the auction and catch up with all the other Apple, Mavericks and compatibility news.
Time for the second entry in the diary from our Final Cut Pro X newbie. Will the 'FCPX Force' be weak or strong in this latest update?
16 angles of 4K playing back in a Final Cut Pro X multicam edit. How did the Press miss that one? We feature the videos from Apple's Special Event and a quick glimpse of that amazing multicam feat from the demos afterwards.
The big Final Cut Pro X news from Apple's Special Event was that there's no update. No update until December that is when the new Mac Pro gets released. Read on for one of the most impressive video editing benchmarks yet...
Well we are a little blown away this morning and the Apple event hasn't even started. Color Grading Central has just released LUT Utility. All FCPX editors must watch the video!
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.
A bit later in the week due to a few technical problems, this episode answers a question we hear often: Do I need to buy Compressor if I can export directly out of FCPX?
Do you need to export a lot of stills from a Final Cut Pro X timeline for reference or publication to the web? A new free application called FCPXImageExporter that was born over the weekend will do the job automatically.
We are pleased to start publishing the thoughts, findings and humour of a Final Cut Pro X newbie. Called The FCPX Man Diary, it really does start right from the beginning with entry number one.
We can only guess at the success of FCPX as we don't have any statistics on the number of copies that Apple has sold. Judging by the number of free tutorials posted online however, there's a rapidly growing user base out there.
In this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin shows how to pull a good key using green screen media in Final Cut Pro X. One click does a lot, but there's a lot more...
We have just got notification from Roger at CoreMelt that he will be presenting a free webinar on his SliceX powered by Mocha shape masking tool for FCPX on the 16th October.
Sounds like a bit of a contradiction, but in this new episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin does show how you can get a lot smarter with smart collections.
Noam Kroll from Creative Rebellion decided to shoot his Sundance entry on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW and post produce in Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve. He takes us through his workflow.
We love great demos from people who know their stuff and these three presentations from the recent LACPUG are exactly that. Expect some gasps from the audience!
There are many products out there that claim to help you edit faster. For us, nothing helps more than a dedicated keyboard. We have had an Editors Keys FCPX keyboard on review for the last three months.
On its own, FCPX cannot edit and output a 3D master. However, coupled with Resolve in the middle to do the 3D heavy lifting, it performs rather well. Here's how Matt Brading did exactly that on his latest short film.
Not a typo, but a new set of six plugins from Final Cat Pro. These are not templates, all six add extra functionality to the editing process in Final Cut Pro X.
He was top billing at the SuperMeet in Amsterdam during IBC 2013. After putting his foot in it (or both feet) even before FCPX was released, he asks the question again, "Is Final Cut Pro X ready for professional use?" Nearly an hour long video, so grab a coffee and enjoy.
As much as we would have liked to call this tutorial "Steve Martin sings about colour correction,' we gave it the proper title of selective colour grading in FCPX. Steve does sing though!
Things are happening in the outside world, outside of the halls here at IBC in Amsterdam. A lot of messages from people about this latest video from Michael Cioni. FCPX comes out as a star.
Eyeheight has just announced a compliance plugin for use within Final Cut Pro X. With a press release title like that, how could we not pay a visit to the Eyeheight stand at IBC this year?
So how do you get your GoPro footage into Final Cut Pro X at the moment? Import from the card and convert? Quick, but not the best as the new GoPro Studio 2 application does a lot more.
A new 4K frame size, a new box and new Thunderbolt 2 connectors. The just announced Io 4K from AJA has been designed to work with the new Mac Pro. New free capture and iOS software to download too.
We have got on the plane, checked in at the hotel and rented a bike. Yes it's that time in September when the TV industry descends on Amsterdam for the IBC exhibition.
Grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit down and watch Philip Hodgetts present half an hour of how logging can be made easier by using his Lumberjack program. Lots to learn.
Mike Fernandes and his team from NBC are no strangers when it comes to post production with FCPX. It was used on their Emmy winning show George to the Rescue. He's now looking forward by upgrading the company's hardware to allow for a 4K workflow.
Well who would miss an opportunity to write such a headline? We round up all the recent Final Cut Pro X news that hasn't made it into a published story.
Another week has elapsed and there is another collection of free FCPX effects and templates to download for #freeeffectfriday. Transitions, filter effects and a title, all for zero dollars!
SliceX powered by Mocha has been a huge success. It's just had a speed tweak under the hood, a whole new set of tutorials and the best news of all, a price drop to $99.
In this week's MacBreak Studio we have an appointment with Satan. Well almost, Steve Martin (not Satan!) shows us why Final Cut Pro X has an Adobe style 'Dynamic Linking' built right in.
Possibly a rhetorical question, but it is good to see Final Cut Pro X taking the stage again at the SuperMeet. Don't forget we still have an offer of five Euros off the admission price.
Not all graphics cards play nice with FCPX. One FCP.co reader has been getting bad artifacts when using his Sapphire 7950 Mac Edition GPU. Take a look at the video.
Philip and Greg at Intelligent Assistance have been very busy recently. They have just released a new application called Change List X that compares two FCPX projects or compound clips.
Sometimes some of the best tips are the simplest and this is one of them. Did you know that your exported Final Cut Pro X movies are searchable by their tags in Spotlight?
A couple of new FCPX plugins from the FxFactory stable. Steps from Ripple Training lets you animate through stages in a process and Stupid Raisins has released a pack of titles called Lower Pop.
Not our quotation, but the words of Philip Hodgetts who happened to be in the audience at the recent Boston Creative Pro User Group meeting. Take a look at the video of the presentation and judge for yourself! We have a coupon code for money off the Amsterdam Supermeet admission as well.
The free plugin writers have been busy over the last couple of weeks and have come up with some cracking new free FCPX effects. All new, all free. Plus some free generators that have just sneaked in!
One of the advantages of FCPX being built using databases is the fact that other apps can easily get access to the data. That's exactly what the new application Producer's Best Friend from Assisted Editing does when loading timeline or event information into Excel.
As a follow up to our rather controversial article on FCPX on a MacBook Air, we thought we would do a roundup of FCP.co readers' real life editing experiences on the combination.
So you are editing on an ageing Mac Pro and you want to speed up your Final Cut Pro X & Motion renders. That's exactly what FCP.co reader Andrew Smith did by installing a new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680.
We have been eagerly awaiting the day when we saw the first person controlling FCPX with hand gestures using Leap Motion. Well that day has arrived, standby for FCPX Minority Report style!
It is good to see new tutorials being made in another language apart from English. Atsushi Matsumoto has posted three text tutorials for Final Cut Pro X, all especially for Japanese editors.
Another #freeeffectfriday although we should really call it free effect fortnight as we didn't post last week. Nevermind, time to catch up as we have four great new free Final Cut Pro X plugins to download.
CrumplePop has just released a new plugin for Final Cut Pro X that corrects skin tones back to their natural colour. They are also offering the tool at a discounted price for a short period.
You've got to love any article that has the word 'secret' in the title. It's that time of the week for the latest MacBreak Studio episode and both guys discover something new about FCPX.
Amanda Burns from the Florida Atlantic University put a post on our Forum about using FCPX across multiple workstations on a SAN. We asked her for some screen grabs and thought her experiences would make an excellent front page story.
It has been demoed at trade shows, meetups and has been in beta for a few months, but BulletProof from Red Giant is finally with us. They've also released new compilation packs of products based on tasks.
MotionVFX has just released another pack of 30 logo animations for Final Cut Pro X. There is also a bundle deal for all three packs of logo animations to save you money.
It's an update, but a small one. Final Cut Pro X has been updated to 10.0.09. No new features, but stability improvements and bug fixes are always welcome.
Sub-frame audio editing in FCP is nothing new, FCP7 had the ability to access smaller increments than a frame. But how do you go about sub-frame editing in Final Cut Pro X?
We had the opportunity to test out a top of the range MacBook Air and naturally we thought it would be a good idea to see how it performed with Final Cut Pro X. We reveal some very dramatic performance figures.
What is the best thing about a Friday? Not having to work tomorrow? Having a post work drink with colleagues? Or just looking forward to the weekend? No, of course it is our roundup of free effects as it is #freeeffectfriday!
Coremelt has just released an update to the image stabilising plugin Lock & Load. As part of the pack they are offering a free Final Cut Pro X fisheye fixer plugin for GoPro Hero 3 cameras.
It was funded on Kickstarter and is now ready for download and purchase on the iTunes store. CTRL+Console brings advanced Final Cut Pro X control to the iPad.
Two new plugins at the start of this week. Tritone Overlays from Tangent FX and Luminaire from SUGARfx. Both are under $30 and both apply lighting effects over video.
We didn't expect to get emails saying what happened to last week's Free Effect Friday, so let's put that right and get up to date. Five free effects to catch up with.
Two new plugins have been released that use the FxFactory plugin management system. Although they both do colour correction, they take a very different approach to how it's done.
The key to good editing in FCPX is organisation before you start. We are familiar with Keywords, but what's the quickest way to label up your clips? The usual duo find out...
When Final Cut Pro X was launched, there was no place for the FxScript plugin architecture that featured in FCP7. CHV Plugins has just released Text FX V2.0.0, a completely redesigned pack of text effects for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.
There was much speculation when Technicolor decided to withdraw their Color Assist plugin. Was the technology bought by Apple? Was it a victim of a patent dispute? Did it not sell? We asked the question and got an answer.
We have all seen the Apple demo footage of Audi R8s driving around the Sonoma Raceway that was used to market Final Cut Pro X. But how about a real world Audi job cut and graded on FCPX?
Coremelt have added two new effects to their very popular Slice X plugin that features tracking powered by Mocha. They are also offering a discounted price on the plugin until July the 22nd.
Marquis Broadcast has just released updates to the X2Pro Audio Convert applications that deliver audio content from Final Cut Pro X into ProTools. We have 5 copies of X2Pro Audio Convert and 5 copies of X2ProLE Audio Convert to giveaway.
It's a long holiday weekend for many, but that doesn't stop the free effects for Final Cut Pro X coming. This week on #freeeffectfriday we have a colourful range of new free plugins to download.
The boys from MacBreak Studio are back and this time they are going to show us how easy it is to sync up clips and edit a basic music video. Perfect for all the YouTuber musicians out there.
Chris McKechnie dropped us a line with the details of how he made a corporate video for Peragon. Shot on a Red Epic and post produced in Final Cut Pro X and REDCINE-X, we knew it was going to be a good read.
At the recent meeting of the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, Alexis Van Hurkman gave a demonstration of the yet unreleased DaVinci Resolve 10. Final Cut Pro X was his choice of source NLE for the demo.
A very sudden event over the weekend and full marks to Craig Seeman on our Forum for being the first to report the news. Technicolor have withdrawn their Color Assist plugin and Color Assist Looks packs from sale. The plugin was a custom built grading tool that ran in Final Cut Pro X and other applications.
Another roundup of the free effects for FCPX and Motion that have been published over the last couple of weeks. There's a lot of them too ranging from utility plugins, transitions and templates.
Martin Gosset has just published a 140 page interactive PDF all about FCPX. As you can see it is written in French and is on sale at the great price of just five Euros.
We love seeing what the Ripple Training guys release next as they come up with very innovative products for FCPX. Their latest plugin is called Jumps.
New plugin developer Lawn Road has just released two plugins designed especially for FCPX. Color Precision is a colour corrector and Fast Mask is a masking tool.
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