The video from the FCP Exchange event has been posted, I’ve added it below. I realized that when listing the tools I use, there were a couple great plugins I neglected to mention so I wanted to do that now…
First is Automatic Duck Import AE – If you use After Effects as part of your workflow, this is indispensable. It’s an AE plugin so just load your fcpxml right into AE. And if you use shared media, no need to render clips, it’ll link to the proper media. Common effects, compound clips, retiming, transforms and a lot more get translated. Really nicely done.
Also CoreMelt Slice-X, Track-X, and Drive-X. I might have glossed over these as well but I use them a lot. The stuff you can do with these without ever leaving the NLE is amazing.
Last but not least, anything from MotionVFX. Pretty much the gold standard for templates and in-NLE 3d Environment. Great stuff.
Anyway, here’s the video. As a perfectionist, I need to note that the fake “trailer” I used in the presentation had uncleared music in it. So, before they could put this online, I sent a replacement audio track with some free music I shoe-horned into the cut.
But… for some reason it’s horrifically out of sync. It wasn’t like that at all in the live version so, uh… please ignore that! 😉 Hope you find it interesting, and do check out the other videos in the playlist. There were some great presentations!
Just for giggles, here are the vague, cryptic slides I used for my exciting, informative, and accidentally insulting presentation. The video should appear at FCPEXCHANGE.COM eventually. Hope they’re useful! And thanks to the FCPWorks gang for letting me blab about stuff.
Finally someone did it. 🙂 Roger and the folks at CoreMelt have released a free plugin to display Source (and Record) Timecode on clips in FCP X. I’ve been playing with it for a while. It works really well, and you can’t beat the price!
Download CoreMelt Free here: http://www.coremelt.com/download.html#free
And then..”After installation look for it under “C2 Gadget – Editors Tools” as Source Timecode. Drop it on your clip and you’re good to go. You can have it display only in the onscreen controls or burn in on render.”
Get it. And get their other stuff too, really great plugins. 🙂
I was bored the other day so I wrote a little AppleScript to automate the process of sharing a bunch of projects to a single destination. Basically it hits CMD-E, return, return, down arrow for the number of times you specify. You have to put your Projects in a collection or something and select the first one. Then tell Share-O-Matic how many times to repeat the action and get out of it’s way. Literally. It won’t stop until it repeats those keystrokes the number of times you specify. Seriously, it’s literally unstoppable, and kind of terrifying. Also you can’t do anything else while it chugs away.
This is not a real batch exporter, it just queues all your Shares up for you. Start small and see how it works. It’s kind of useless if you only have a few projects, but if you have a lot, you can go have a cocktail while it presses buttons for you. 😉 However, If it destroys your computer and you lose all your work, I disclaim any responsibility. Use at your own risk. And feel free to share it if you find it useful.
Here it is: Click Me!
UPDATE: Seems like great minds think alike, as there’s apparently another similar script available here. It’s 20 bucks as opposed to free, and seems a little fancier than mine, but both appear to do exactly the same thing. He has a tutorial in which he makes a good point… If you’re sharing a lot of Projects, turn off the FCP X alerts in System Prefs when you run the script. Unless you want 100 alerts piling up for you to dismiss. 🙂
Maybe everyone knows this, I didn’t, mainly because I use connected clips, not secondaries, I don’t use audio dissolves much, and if I cut audio in a secondary the stock centered transition works fine most of the time. But, I discovered a little trick to have a nice A/B crossfade and use a transition to create the handles for you, and give you a “thumb” to move the cut point around.
Cut your audio in a secondary and stick a dissolve on the cut. The length doesn’t matter, it will just be a drag handle when you’re done – Then, just expand the audio and adjust/trim the A/B sides and fade handles as you normally would.
It’s really the same as if you just did it without the dissolve, except… you can now select the transition to adjust position of the expanded edit point using the <> + Shift (if needed) keys. Be aware, when it’s expanded, dragging the transition doesn’t move the cut, but when you collapse the audio, you can click and drag the transition and it moves he A/B handles/fades with it. Useful?
EDIT: The dissolve doesn’t do anything once you adjust the A/B handles, and you can pretty much do the same thing by selecting and dragging the edit point. What it does so is create some handles for you, and let you drag the edit point without changing tools. Saves a couple keystrokes and clicks… 🙂
So, in lieu of any actual content here lately, I have a little effect if anyone wants it. There’s no “strobe” effect in FCP X, so I made one. It just freezes a set amount of frames for a jerky playback. Cheesy, but maybe useful? You can roll your own in Motion, but if you’re lazy, here ya go:
Click Here for a zip file
Unzip the file and stick the whole folder in your Movies>Motion Templates>Effects folder. You can make a sub folder in the Effects folder called “Custom” or something first, then put this Strobe folder in it so it’ll sort nicely.
The “mix” slider adjusts the uh… mix 😉 and the “amount” slider adjusts the percentage of the original that plays. 0 just freezes the first frame, and 100 plays the clip with no strobing.
One of these days I’ll add something useful here again, but until then… this is your consolation prize. 🙂 Happy editing!
Another quickie… You’re probably familiar with Slice-X with Mocha from CoreMelt. If you’re not, you really should be. Mocha powered Planar Tracking for FCPX. Rotoscoping, rig and object removal, and more, without ever leaving the app.
Well, they’ve just announced a new, related Plugin called Track X. It’s currently in beta, but soon you’ll also be able to track graphics and text in FCPX. No need for round tripping anymore, you can do it all in the FCPX viewer. Uses the same Mocha engine as Slice X. It look really nice, and really easy. A demo video is posted here.
No pricing yet but, like Slice X, I’m sure it’ll be worth every penny. OK… Back to waiting for the FCPX update… tick-tock….