Coremelt updates and adds features to SliceX and TrackX plug-ins

When Coremelt released its range of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that were based on mocha tracking technology, the company almost experienced a meltdown as a result of the enthusiasm with which the FCPX community jumped on the plugins. Finally, mocha’s topnotch functionality would be available in a plugin everybody could use. After SliceX came Lock & Load and TrackX, but the three plugins didn’t gain any extra functionality in the months to come. Until a couple of weeks ago, when Coremelt released the last bunch of updates.… Read More Coremelt updates and adds features to SliceX and TrackX plug-ins

motionVFX’s mTransition simplepack minimalist transitions set has great appeal

Known for its Final Cut Pro X templates and effects, motionVFX has released a set of 50 transitions, mTransition simplepack. As the name says, these are minimalist design transitions. The set contains some nicely designed effects with about half of them truly unique. The other half of the set can be categorised as variations on existing transitions from Apple and other transition effects developers.… Read More motionVFX’s mTransition simplepack minimalist transitions set has great appeal

Make your Titles as exciting as your footage with KineticText

Final Cut Pro X installs with a lot of Titles, but they’re all fairly common. If you want something that’s out-of-the-ordinary, dynamic and that makes you look like a professional even if you aren’t, then KineticText is a good choice. It’s a FxFactory plug-in and as usual with FxFactory plug-ins, it is actually a whole series of titles.… Read More Make your Titles as exciting as your footage with KineticText

motionVFX mHUD effects for Final Cut Pro X

motionVFX is a Polish team of developers who create effects for Final Cut Pro X. One of their latest creations is mHUD, a set of effect that reminded me of Yanobox’s Nodes 2. In reality, mHUD comes as a set of adjustable Final Cut Pro X Titles as well as QuickTime 1080p movies. I took my magnifying glass out and gave both Titles and movies a good look and what I found may even surprise the developers.… Read More motionVFX mHUD effects for Final Cut Pro X

Tangent Fx Designed Light Effects | Designer Flare Effects for Final Cut Pro X

Light effects can make a dull video look exciting. Over the course of the past couple of years, companies such as Crumplepop and Rampant Design Tools have been releasing light effects specifically for Final Cut Pro X and/or as QuickTime movies usable anywhere. Tangent Fx has now released a set of very spectacular effects both specifically for Final Cut Pro X and in QuickTime movie clip format.

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FxFactory ANIMO plug-in gives a whole new meaning to simple animation

If you want to make videoclips with a lot of action and you can’t find topics to shoot that have enough motion to your liking, you can always add animations to your footage. Final Cut Pro X makes this incredibly easy and simple with keyframes. But no matter how easy it is, animating clips will always be a time-eating monster. Unless you use an animation plug-in that doesn’t use keyframes at all. That’s what ANIMO by SugarFX is all about.… Read More FxFactory ANIMO plug-in gives a whole new meaning to simple animation

Alien Skin Exposure 6 offers more effects, better workflow

You can enhance your photos by giving them an accurate look of film with or without grain. You can opt to composite using textures, add borders, and change bokeh, but rarely will you get all those features in one filter that you can use from within the major image catalogue apps such as Lightroom and Aperture as well as Photoshop. Alien Skin Exposure 6 has everything you need and works as a stand-alone application with batch processing functionality as well.… Read More Alien Skin Exposure 6 offers more effects, better workflow

Crumplepop ColorKit: quickly colour grade footage

A couple of years ago I reviewed Crumplepop’s ColorKit plug-in for Final Cut Pro X. I wasn’t too impressed with it and criticised the plug-in’s interface and on-screen controls. Recently, I wanted to colour-grade some GoPro Protune CamRAW clips and started working in Da Vinci resolve first, then switched to SpeedGrade CS6 and ended up with Red Giant’s Magic Bullet looks. They all looked like overkill, forcing me to go through fat user guides again, because I don’t use these applications often enough to remember their workflow by heart. Then I thought: why don’t I try it with ColorKit again? I rediscovered that plug-in and found it fit my needs perfectly. Better yet, tuning the clips took me about 10 times less effort and time than with any of the other solutions.… Read More Crumplepop ColorKit: quickly colour grade footage

Red Giant Universe, a review of the free and premium plug-in system

Red Giant Universe is a community with access to an ever-expanding library of free and paid tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and graphic motion designers. Red Giant Universe does not include any Trapcode, Color, Shooter or Keying suite tools. Some tools from the Effects Suite are being ported over to Universe for better speed and results, but the paid upgrade of Universe — Universe Premium Membership — includes only the Universe versions of those tools instead of the entire Effects Suite. Which makes you wonder if Universe is worth upgrading to a paid version at all.… Read More Red Giant Universe, a review of the free and premium plug-in system

FxFactory presents Yanobox Nodes 2, the effects plug-in that blows your mind

Noise Industries, the developers of the plug-in management and shopping system FxFactory, last week announced a new plug-in for Final Cut Pro X, After Effects, Motion and Premiere Pro. It’s an upgrade of a compositing classic: Yanobox Nodes 2. The first version of Nodes was nice, albeit a bit limited in capabilities and customisation parameters. The new version will simply blow you away. For those who are new to this game: Nodes started life as a plug-in that allowed you to create lower thirds, titles and animated infographics, but version 2 is much more powerful and enables the creation of exciting sci-fi effects.… Read More FxFactory presents Yanobox Nodes 2, the effects plug-in that blows your mind