Review: Crumplepop Final Cut Pro X SplitScreen

Crumplepop is one of the very first to release plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X. The first one I tested is their SplitScreen X plug-in, which gives Final Cut Pro X users the ability to show different clips in one screen.

SplitScreen X is available in a free version, which then has some 4 screen settings to choose from. However, if you pay the low price Crumplepop is asking, you’ll get some three dozen settings to choose from, making more exciting combinations a possibility.

The workflow for SplitScreen X is as follows:

  • In Final Cut Pro X, open two, three or four clips of the same time length
  • Open the Generator tab and navigate to the Crumplepop section
  • Select your split screen setting of choice — there are plenty of settings to choose from
  • Select the Generator clip now created in the Timeline; in the Inspector, the Generator tab becomes available
  • Select each clip well and subsequently select a clip for each well.
Two screens rotated

That’s it. You now have a split screen movie of either the same scene split in clips, or of different scenes. However, this is not where it has to end. You can also move clips inside the wells, rotate the screens, resize clips inside wells, etc. You can even create these “motions” as an animation — using keyframes.

SplitScreen X might be a Generator made with Apple Motion, but it certainly doesn’t look like something I could come up with. The quality is excellent, the interface is well thought out, the capabilities are complete, and the entire system is incredibly simple to use.

Short video showing a 3-screen result (opens in a new window).

The only hard thing is Final Cut Pro X itself. Certainly now that I’m back trying out the new features in Media Composer 6, I can easily spot the difference between FCPX and a full-blown professional video editor. And I must admit that I think FCPX is no match for Media Composer 6 in the sense that the latter just offers more power to pros than FCPX does.

Crumplepop’s plug-ins will not change that (e.g. it won’t enable the creation of subclips) but it will bring Final Cut Pro X closer to what pros want to do with a video/movie editor. SplitScreen X should be in your tool chest. If you hesitate, try downloading the free version, which is only limited in the number of screens you can set up. I think you’ll soon realize it’s good to have the full version. SplitScreen X costs approx. €65.00.

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