Final Cut Pro X is a powerful and versatile program. But what really gives it wings are the hundreds and hundreds of 3rd-party plug-ins you can quickly add to the program.
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Top 10 Plugins for Final Cut Pro X
Listing all of the effects options would take forever; just do a Google search for "FCP X Plugins" and you'll see what I mean. However, here are ten companies who make really nice effects, tools, transitions and general visual weirdness you should consider adding to your own Final Cut system. They range in price, but each creates effects you just can't get any other way.
1 Alex 4D
A series of free plug-ins that create effects, general weirdness or solve problems. Alex Golner has been developing plugins for Final Cut since about version 1.0.
This is the definitive tools for managing libraries, media, and render files in Final Cut Pro X. See what media is stored where and quickly delete files you no longer need. This is about as indispensable a utility as you will find for Final Cut.
Price: $59 - $349, depending upon the package
A library of visual effects elements that you drag-and-drop directly onto your FCP X Timeline to create a range of effects. These include: fire, smoke, dust, snow, mattes, transitions and dozens more. At resolutions up to 4K.
Price: $39 - $349, depending upon the package
A vast array of Motion and Final Cut Pro X templates, visual effects, titles and logos. Huge variety, stunning design, lots and lots of choices.
Price: Free starter kit, plugins range from free to several hundred dollars
FxFactory provides an effects engine which other companies use to create special effects ranging from simple titles and transitions to visual treats that are impossible to describe in words. Once you have FX Factory installed, you can choose from hundreds of plugins that run on it. Plus, it provides an interface that makes managing lots of plug-ins easy.
Price: $129.95 for effects bundles, $299 for Titler Pro 3
NewBlueFX started on Windows, and about two years ago, migrated to the Mac in supporting both Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro. They sell transition and effects bundles which repair footage, as well as add titles, transitions and visual effects. But the REAL star of their show is an amazing titling package called Titler Pro 3.
Price: $39 - $99, depending upon the package
The day Final Cut Pro X was first released, Crumplepop bet the ranch and start developing effects exclusively for Final Cut. That dedication has paid off with a rich variety of color tools, GoPro Fisheye Fixers, split screen and other effects. There are lots and lots of goodies to choose from.
Price: Prices range from free to several hundred dollars, depending upon package
Red Giant Software is another venerable institution in the effects industry. Their industry-leading Trapcode, Colorista, and Primatte keyers set the standard in the industry. Recently, they created "Universe", which allows you to access to a wealth of effects, for very reasonable fee each month. Price: Prices range from free to several hundred dollars, depending upon package.
Price: Starting at $9.99, depending upon package
Any conversation about plugins for Final Cut includes the team at Intelligent Assistance. They provide tools that help with logging footage, generating production reports, and converting projects between versions. Not everyone needs these tools, but when you do, there's nothing better.
10 Boris FX
Price: $695 with free trial
BorisFX is the Swiss-Army-Knife of visual effects. Hundreds of effects, tools, transitions, titles all in one package: Boris Continuum Complete v9. The effects in this package need to be seen to be believed. Stunning effects, tools that make unwanted elements in the frame disappear, keyers, masks, and more eye-candy than a carnival.
There are so many other firms that could be mentioned, it almost seems a shame to stop at ten. But all of these companies make excellent products that can give your projects a unique look. Also, most of them provide free trials, so you can experiment with them on your own and see which ones you can't live without.
I've always enjoyed plug-ins. Because what they do is take the basis tools inside Final Cut and extend in ways that just boggle the imagination. And captivating the viewer's imagination is the goal of every editor.