LumaForge: Is Final Cut Pro for Hollywood?

“Josh Beal is a Hollywood editor who has work on such shows as Counterpart, Bloodline, and House of Cards. As a TV editor, Josh thinks it is time for Hollywood to reconsider Final Cut Pro X as a viable editing platform. In this presentation, Josh explains why Avid Media Composer is the King of the NLE in Hollywood and what needs to happen to convince current Media Composer editors to switch over to Final Cut Pro X….

… “I believe it’s the most forward-looking NLE on the market,” Beal says of FCPX….”

Apple Final Cut Pro X on Apple 27″ iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017).


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“MergeX will merge two Final Cut Pro X events, combining keywords, ratings, metadata, etc… for every matched clip in each events. It works with every kind of clip: common, synchronized, multicam, compound. The resulting merged clips will be updated in the projects.

To take the simplest example, provided two occurrences of a same clip but with different keywords and ratings, MergeX will output a  single clip embedding all the keywords and ratings of both inputs….”

MergeX icon screenshot


EOSHD: EOSHD Pro Audio, Drag and drop film sound design

“EOSHD Pro Audio is a preset library for Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X, allowing complete control over camera audio in post…

…Developed with a professional studio engineer in Berlin, the concept of EOSHD Pro Audio is unique. It is designed to fix common audio issues with internal stereo mics on DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an innovative way, as well as offering cinematic moods for specific scenes and shots – like LUTs for audio.

Pro Audio allows all filmmakers and YouTubers to easily start processing camera audio in the edit. The job of an audio engineer is built into the product. That skill, hard work and expert tuning is now yours to drag and drop onto your timeline….”

EOSHD Pro Audio, for drag and drop film sound design in Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro


Audio is not one of my strongpoints and audio editing even less so, so I am always open to information, tools and training that will help me do better, much better.

So I bought Andrew Reid’s EOSHD Pro Audio presets for use in Final Cut Pro X, for the princely sum of $US 27.99, and even though I have not used it with serious intent yet, am already impressed with what it does for movie audio.


CommandPost, Workflow Toolkit for Professional Editors [formerly FCPX Hacks]

“CommandPost is a completely free and open source Mac application that allows you to seriously speed up your creative editing process through powerful and customisable automation tools. Think Apple’s Automator, with a little bit of BetterTouchTool and Keyboard Maestro thrown in, but specifically designed for creative professionals.

It’s currently focussed on Apple’s Final Cut Pro – however the road-map is to add useful functionality for other tools we use on a daily basis, like Adobe After Effects and mocha Pro….”


  • Watch Folders

Final Cut Pro

  • Timecode Overlays in Viewer
  • Batch Exporting from Browser
  • Scrolling Timeline
  • Movable Markers
  • Watch Folders
  • Customisable Touch Bar buttons
  • Color Board controls on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar (or using Duet)
  • Shared Clipboard & Clipboard History
  • Timeline Zooming with Mouse Scroll & modifier key (includes Magic Mouse)
  • Additional Color Inspector Shortcuts (for use with control surfaces)
  • Mobile Notifications (Prowl, Pushover & iMessage)
  • Enable Rendering During Playback
  • Change Final Cut Pro’s Backup Interval
  • Stream Deck Support
  • Ignore Inserted Camera Cards
  • Highlight Browser Playhead
  • MIDI Support (including controlling the Color Wheels)
  • Tangent Panel Support (including Tangent’s iPad App)
  • Plus lots more…
Apple’s Final Cut Pro X on an Apple iMac Pro. CommandPost currently works in conjunction with FCPX and Compressor, extending both applications with extra functionality. .


Apple: Final Cut Pro X update introduces ProRes RAW and advanced closed captioning

“Apple is introducing a new update to Final Cut Pro X, the most popular version of its professional video editing software, with more than 2.5 million seats. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a groundbreaking format from Apple, ProRes RAW, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to easily view, edit and deliver captions from right within the app. Apple is also adding complementary new features to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor….”

Closed Captioning in Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 on an Apple MacBook Pro computer


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Larry Jordan: An HDR Workflow in Final Cut Pro X

“HDR (High-Dynamic Range) video is the newest hot topic in media creation. It features both pixels that are brighter than what we are used into in HD and with a richer level of saturation….

… Until the standards for HDR solidify and settle down, it does not make sense for smaller shops to invest in HDR monitors. It does make sense, however, to start shooting high-bit-depth material to protect our projects and clients. And edit it in such a fashion that we can extract an HDR version whenever the client decides they want to pay for it.

Now, when you are ready to step up to HDR, FCP X can handle the whole process for you….”


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Blackmagic Design: Blackmagic Design Announces
 DaVinci Resolve 14 is Now Shipping

“… DaVinci Resolve 14 is the biggest release in the history of the product, and has been designed to be a complete revolution in post production. DaVinci Resolve 14 is the world’s only fully integrated professional editing, color correction and audio solution. It scales from a single user all the way up to the largest collaborative studio workflows.

New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built in, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 14 includes hundreds of new features for editors and colorists, including over 20 new effects such as automatic facial recognition and tracking so customers can quickly refine and enhance faces in their shots.

DaVinci Resolve 14 is like 3 high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, color correction and new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. For multi user studios, DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio features bin and timeline locking, secure chat, a graphical timeline comparison tool for accepting and merging changes, and more. These features dramatically change post production from a linear to a parallel workflow. Customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects. Everyone can work on the same project at the same time….”