Coremelt TrackX for FCP X Review

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Coremelt TrackX is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that allows you to track objects in your footage while inside FCP X using Mocha and without needing to take footage to an outside program like After Effects or Motion. The trackers are added to your footage and you can replace screens, add tracking text or blur logos and such directly from your FCP X project.

The workflow is rather straightforward. Although it is not an entry-level task, it is still fairly simple to follow the tutorials and start tracking with TrackX. My jaw dropped the first time I saw this working in my FCP X project. [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X Version 10.1.1 Released

Final Cut Pro X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.1, which provides the following bug fixes.

  • Preserves media files if an external drive or network is disconnected while consolidating a library
  • Resolves an issue with loading audio content in the Music and Sound Browser
  • Fixes a stability issue when applying a Motion effect with Scroll Text behavior
  • Faster switching between proxy media and original or optimized media
  • Improves Timeline responsiveness with very large projects

The update is available through the Mac App Store.

Coremelt Launches TrackX, a New Motion Tracking Plugin for Final Cut Pro X

TrackX Tracking in FCP X

Coremelt has launched new motion tracking tools in the TrackX plugin for Final Cut Pro X that leans on Mocha’s¬†Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to track people and objects in moving shots for compositing directly in FCP X. To track an object for compositing, just draw a shape around the object you want to track and the Mocha tracking engine will lock on and allow you to track text, do screen replacements, replace signs and more. It looks pretty freaking amazing. [Read more...]

Twixtor v6 Released with GPU Acceleration for After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro

The popular slow-motion plug-in, Twixtor, has been updated to version 6, and now includes GPU acceleration for After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro (7 or X). The update provides speeds up to 5x faster than with the CPU-only.

Adobe users need CS5 or later for PP or AE, while FCP users need FCP 7 or FCP X 10.0.8 or higher. Additional GPU and system requirements can be found here on RE:Vision Effects’ website.

Twixtor Pro v6 runs $595, while the standard version is $329.95. Upgrades for Twixtor standard are $82.49 and Twixtor Pro are $149.95. More details here on Twixtor’s pricing page.

Dashwood Editor Essentials for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Dashwood Editor Essentials

Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects. The plugins can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. Check out the video below for a closer look at the various tools.

Dashwood Editor Essentials is available from Noise Industries for $49. More details here on Noise Industries website.

Apple Pushes Out FCP X Update w/ Sony XAVC 4K Support; Bigger Stuff Coming Soon…?

FCP X

Apple has just updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.0.8 and includes support for Sony’s XAVC codec used in its 4K cameras. The XAVC codec is used for 4K capture on the Sony F55. (Recall that I also detailed XAVC and the potential to use XQD cards to capture 4K XAVC footage in Sony’s new “consumer” 4K camcorder back at CES.) It’s a relatively minor update with additional support for the ARRI Alexa and some other fixes and improvements.

Along with the release of the FCP X update, however, Apple is nudging back at the pro market with a campaign to get us back on board the Apple video editing train. It is certainly no coincidence that NAB 2013 kicks off in a little over a week though. [Read more...]

FxFactory PRO v4 Video Effects Plug-in Review

FxFactory PRO v4

FxFactory PRO v4 is a plug-in for popular NLE editors like Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 and Premiere Pro CS6. I have been using FxFactory PRO v4 for a few months now in both FCP X and Premier Pro CS6. While it also works in After Effects and Motion, my use has been limited to NLEs.

FxFactory PRO v4 uses the FxFactory plug-in manager for installation and updates. I have used several plug-ins with FxFactory and find it to be one of the easiest installation processes to use with NLE plug-ins. [Read more...]