10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X Plugins
Get more from FCPX! We’ve scoured the web and rounded up some excellent Final Cut Pro X plugins!
For many years, Final Cut Pro 7 was the preferred NLE software for working professionals. Final Cut Pro X has had a much slower start than many thought it would. However, over the last several years, the software has really come into its own. With each passing year, more and more professionals are using FCPX. Because of this, more and more plugins are being released. With that said, we’ve rounded up our favorite Final Cut Pro X plugins that we consider must-haves for film professionals.
1. Color Finale
With this plugin, you have a full color grading suite with LUTs, RGB Curves, and 3 Way Color Wheel. All of these settings can be adjusted right within the Final Cut timeline.
2. CoreMelt: Lock & Load X
Need a powerful and easy-to-use stabilizer in FCPX? Then look at CoreMelt’s Lock & Load. Up to 12 times faster and more accurate than the FCPX built-in stabilizer, it’s a must-have for any editor.
3. mTitle 3D
Do you feel limited by the 3D title effects in FCPX? Well then check out mTitle 3D by motionVFX .
RE:Vision Effects brought Twixtor a few years back and have done a good job of upgrading it over these few years. This Final Cut Pro X plugin is a powerful time remapping tool that allows you to slow your sequences to super-slow motion or ramp them up. It is a little pricey, but it’s one of the best (if not the best) time remapping tools out there.
5. FxFactory Pro
FxFactory Pro is a solid Final Cut Pro X plugin toolbox that comes with a whole host of different features for transitions, effects, and color adjustments. You can buy many of the tools from Pro as individual plugins at at much smaller price point, but Pro offers them all bundled together for a fairly discounted price.
mObject is FCPX and Motion 5’s version of Element 3D for After Effects. MotionVFX has created a solid software that gives you a wide range of capabilities in working with 3D Objects in FCPX and Motion 5.
7. Primatte Keyer
Red Giant has a whole host of plugins compatible with FCPX, but we think Primatte Keyer is one of their best. While we like Keylight in After Effects much better, Primatte does the job for FCPX users.
8. Colorista III
If you’re not a fan of Color Finale, then try another Red Giant Final Cut Pro X plugin called Magic Bullet Colorista III. It’s an extremely powerful color grading plugin with 3 Way Color, Curves, and a Keyer for color isolation.
While X2ProLE isn’t a plugin, but rather an app for FCPX, we felt it was worthy enough to mention in our list. If you don’t happen to use Apple Logic, then you’ll need X2ProL to convert your audio from FCPX to Pro Tools for audio finishing.
10. ClipExporter 2
Here’s one more non-plugin that is extremely worthy for any FCPX user. ClipExporter 2 is the best tool to use when needing to send your FCPX project to After Effects for post-production compositing.
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- 4 Awesome Final Cut Pro X Features You May Not Know
What are your thoughts on our plugin list? Are we missing any must-have plugins? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.