Plural Eyes Now Available for FCP X

Plural Eyes FCP X

Singular Software has released a beta version of Plural Eyes for Final Cut Pro X.  While FCP X offers the ability to automatically sync audio and video clips natively, it still comes up quite short for all but the simplest of setups.  Multi-cam is next to impossible with FCP X; however, the new Plural Eyes beta release gives a glimmer of hope for editing basic multi-cam projects in FCP X by syncing multi-cam footage.  Likewise, syncing multiple takes to a single audio clip is a challenge in FCP X, but is something that the new Plural Eyes beta shreds through easily. [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition – New Book

Final Cut Pro X - Making the Transition

Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition is a new book from Final Cut Pro training guru Larry Jordan.  For all the jabs and snubs the latest version of FCP has received, there is some merit to the software.  It’s certainly not for everyone in its current state; however, it has a lot of power and conveniences that aren’t quite visible on the surface.

I’ve been keeping up with Larry Jordan’s comments on FCP X since it was announced at NAB earlier this year.  One thing is for sure, Mr. Jordan knows his stuff when it comes to Final Cut.

In this useful, cut-to-the-chase guide to the program, popular trainer and Final Cut guru Larry Jordan takes these experienced users through all the components of the software, from importing footage and organizing media to export and sharing. Along the way, they’ll learn the best ways to edit footage and add transitions, effects, and filters, do basic color correcting, work with audio, and utilize a variety of HD workflow techniques, to name a few.

Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition retails for $44.99; however, it is currently available for $29.69 on Amazon.com.

Project X27: Export Final Cut Pro X Projects to FCP 7

It looks like the folks over at Intelligent Assistance have figured out a way to translate FCP X projects into FCP 7 timelines.  Project X₂7 is a $50 XML translator that takes your FCP X XML file and translates it into something that FCP 7 can understand.  Once in FCP 7, you can then take your project to a number of different applications, including Premiere Pro, which is the gateway to Dynamic Link with After Effects and other Adobe apps.

Project X₂7 looks like a pretty solid plugin that appears to do what is asked of it.  Check out the screenshots below for a comparison of FCP X to FCP 7 projects. [Read more...]

Editing Sony NEX-5n 60p Footage in Final Cut Pro X

Sony NEX-5n

The more I use the new Sony NEX-5n, the more I like it (notwithstanding the clicking problem).  One thing that really makes the NEX-5n stand out among competitors is the ability to capture HD video at 1080/60p (i.e., 59.94 progressive frames per second).  This makes for smooth motion, but also gives you the option to conform to footage to a slower frame rate and get some cool slow motion in your 24p projects.

With the recent update to Final Cut Pro X, I was hoping that Apple would add support for additional codecs, like the relatively new (yet, increasingly popular) AVCHD 2.0; however, it did not.  As a result, working with video from cameras shooting 60p AVCHD 2.0 footage (like the Sony NEX-5n) brings a bit of a problem when importing the files from your camera.

I’ve already covered how to import AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro X; however, working with AVCHD 2.0 files at 60p requires another step to get the footage into FCP X.  Still yet, it’s not so bad. [Read more...]

Apple Upgrades Final Cut Pro X to Version 10.0.1

FCP X Export

Apple has upgraded Final Cut Pro X to version 10.0.1 adding XML import and export, media stems export and Xsan support for multi-user workflows.  You can also create a custom starting timecode in order to accommodate bars and tone.  Additionally, transitions can now be added to connected clips without the need to create a secondary storyline. [Read more...]

Stereo3D Toolbox LE v3.0 Adds 3D Editing to Final Cut Pro X

Stereo3D Toolbox LE v3 for Final Cut Pro X

Stereo3D Toolbox LE v3.0 has been updated to work with Final Cut Pro X for your 3D editing needs.  The effects plugin offers a number of powerful features, including the ability to adjust convergence points and auto-crop based on those adjustments. [Read more...]

How to Import AVCHD Files from a Memory Card or Hard Drive in Final Cut Pro X

FCP X Camera Import

FCP X Camera Import Window

For all of its faults, Final Cut Pro X offers much better native file compatibility than its predecessor.  However, all files aren’t equal when working in Final Cut Pro X.  Some files, like the .MTS files produced from AVCHD video capture, require you to take a couple of extra steps to get them into FCP X.

Here are a some simple tips to make it smoother to get those .MTS files off of a memory card or hard drive – and without the need to connect the camera to your Mac. [Read more...]

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X [New Book]

Final Cut Pro X Book

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X is a new book from Diana Weynand.  As you are probably well aware of by now, Final Cut Pro X is a significant change from what we’ve been used to with Final Cut Pro 7 and its predecessors.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X retails for $54.99; however, it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $34.64.

Adobe Offering 50% Off for Final Cut Pro Switchers

Adobe’s marketing machine is taking advantage of the Final Cut Pro X dilemma by enticing Final Cut Pro users with a 50% off discount of competing Adobe products and packages, including Premiere Pro CS5.5 and Production Premium CS5.5.  Adobe’s promo (shown above) takes a dig at Apple’s recent bad press with its switch slogan: “You’re a pro. Make sure your toolset is too.” [Read more...]