Too Much Too Soon’s Flashframe
This plug-in is a sweet flash frame transition that creates eye candy that is never tiresome. This is a client pleaser that requires little effort on the user’s part. This is definitely a must have in any editor's bag of tricks.
Final Cut does an awful job of reversing footage. Thankfully Graeme Nattress created G Reverse. Not only can your footage look seamless from forward to reverse, but Nattress also provides an explanation as to the cause of the problem. Your audience will notice when you don’t use it.
(You can find Graeme in many forums around the Cow, including Final Cut Pro, Apple Color, and RED Camera.)
CGM’s CGM Aged Film LE
Creating an old film look in Final Cut is time consuming and space taxing . CGM provides an easy solution for creating the look of aged film. This plug-in offers scratches, dirt, hair and more to date your clips back to another era. To see this effect in action check out “Creating that old film look.
Working with footage that was under or overexposed? This plug-in does an amazing job of making the clip look the way it was meant to. It helps brighten the darkest areas of the clip as shown below.
The first image is underexposed, whereas the second has been fixed by the Shadow-Highlight plug-in.
This is not a plug-in that will find its way in to every one of your projects, but when you do need it, this is a time saver. This generates volume and EQ animations based on the audio in your project. As if that’s not enough, there are project files so you can see the meters in action.
For those who want more of a great thing, these two web pages have a huge list of free plug-ins for Final Cut.
Simon Kirby’s Lunchtime Pro
stib’s free Final Cut Pro plugins
Here are some more free plug-ins that are not on the two web pages above. They’re definitely worth a look.
Andy’s free plug-ins
Andy’s page generously provides six free filters: Better 3D, Region Blur, Simple Crop, Fixed Crawl, Fake Anamorphic Fixer and Letterbox
CoreMelt’s ImageFlow FX Pack
Core Melt has created a set of plug-ins that make building a photo montage a quick process. ImageFlow Fx is a set of 12 plug-ins and two of them are free for COW readers. Here's a Creative COW tutorial on ImageFlow FX by their author, Roger Bolton.
Digital Heaven has created two free plug-ins for Final Cut. With DH_Grid and DH_Guides you can easily line up elements onscreen making sure everything is where it should be.
Noise Industries provides plug-ins from various programmers. Here you will find 7 fun freebies such as one that re-creates the Star Wars opening titles.
And be sure to visit the Noise Industries Creative Cow forum.
This site includes seven free plug-ins with detailed information as to what the plug-in does. Whether you’re going for a Two Strip Technicolor look or just a way to fix a blown out shot be sure to check out his offerings.
Now that you have access to tons of free plug-ins, all you have to do is figure out which five are your favorite. Happy editing!