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Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX

Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX

Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animation with just a couple of clicks. Change opacity, position, rotation, scale, duration, spread, blur and easing all without creating a single keyframe!


Bret Williams
Apple Motion
Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are included, but you'll learn everything you need to apply it wherever and however you'd like, in your own unique style!


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion Data Vortex

Apple Motion Data Vortex

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of production and animation tips that you'll be able to use in every Motion project you undertake from here on!


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elegant FCPX titles.


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 5 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, as he takes a look at the math behind brightness, and how to apply that to the compositing toolsets in your favorite editing, compositing, and color grading applications.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of controlling this deceptively powerful application, highlighting such features as the Replicator, animation rigs, audio behaviors, glows, glints, lens flares, masking, filters and more. Turn it up!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas

When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 4 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, packed with practical advice for applying the secrets of alpha channels that's simply not possible before understanding these underlying principles. No matter which applications you're using for editing, compositing, or visual effects, this one is a must-see!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels

When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 3 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, packed with practical advice for applying the secrets of alpha channels that's simply not possible before understanding these underlying principles. No matter which applications you're using for editing, compositing, or visual effects, this one is a must-see!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Boris FX
Mocha Pro 19 from BorisFX: Overview and New Features

Mocha Pro 19 from BorisFX: Overview and New Features

Mocha is an academy award winning planar tracker that is widely used in the VFX and Film Making industry. Mocha Pro 2019 adds some exciting new features to this powerful software tool, starting with a much-streamlined interface and GPU acceleration. Join VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio for a closer look!


Tobias G
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes

Whether you're a full-time compositor and VFX artist, an editor working in one of the many NLEs that supports Blend Modes (including Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP and FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Rsolve, and VEGAS Pro), or whether you just want the additional graphics power that comes with insight into the secret world of pixels, this is the tutorial for you! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 2 of the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen, with some practical steps you can start taking today to make your work look better than ever.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen. This isn't just for graphics and VFX, but for video editors too -- anyone who puts anything together, and wants to learn more about HOW images combine at the most basic level, in a way that applies to every application you might use, whether Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, VEGAS Pro, and yes, graphics and VFX programs like After Effects, Motion, Fusion, Nuke, Scratch, and many more.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer for Mac users using Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, and Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro on Mac as well. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour of the even more advanced Hawaiki Keyer 3.0.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple FCPX Debates
FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow wizard Simon Ubsdell opens up some of the secrets around one of its most uniquely powerful, but sorely underused tools: Smart Collections. This isn't about replacing your existing project management (although it can). It's about leveraging some of the ridiculously awesome power of the Smart Collection to make your work flow far more easily than you might have imagined.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with both a wit and precision that you won't want to miss.

Tutorial
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Debates
Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved weeks of production time in the making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

After 25 years of working on other people's documentaries, commercials, feature films, filmmaker Michael Angelo's first original project is the inspirational story of the Treeman of Venice Beach, a singular creation of a singular man whose combination of costume, body paint, live foliage, and 10-foot stilts is gently beguiling and deeply inspirational. With over 1000 hours of footage in a crazy number of formats over a period of years, collaboration among a far-flung team of volunteers with varying degrees of expertise (including none at all), A DocumenTree seemed like the ideal project for Michael to jump into Final Cut Pro X. Michael's longtime experience in a variety of disciplines has nevertheless allowed him to come at the issues of media management, metadata, offline-online workflows, and a variety of complex technical issues in some unusual, and, dare we say it, organic ways.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Michael Angelo
Apple FCPX Techniques
Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing a shared storage environment for Apple FCPX is one thing. Now add 100+ students who are still learning the rules, and the challenges skyrocket. Fortunately, Andrew Gash's experience at Lakeland Florida's Kathleen High School has given him some great ideas for you that promise to make things as foolproof as possible, maximizing sanity and minimizing chaos. Even if your shared editing environment is in a post house or broadcast environment rather than a school, Andrew's advice is well worth heeding!

Editorial, Feature
Andrew Gash
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour. If you're keying on a Mac, you're going to want to check this out.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple FCPX Techniques
Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

After the usual rabid anticipation, Apple released FCPX 10.2 with a wide range of new features that should excite any pro: new and improved keyframable masks, Library level Smart Collections, improved keyframing performance, 4-Up Scope viewer, the ability to save effects applied to clips.

Feature
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Techniques
Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX For Broadcast News

FCPX For Broadcast News

Michael Garber has spent hundreds of hours learning the ins and outs of editing broadcast news features with Final Cut Pro X. He describes a workflow that takes advantage of the best that FCPX's new approaches have to offer, while being honest about its limitations. Every editor already working with FCPX, or still just considering it, will benefit from Michael's experience.

Editorial, Tutorial, Feature
Michael Garber
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 2 - File Browser and Library

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 2 - File Browser and Library
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe goes into depth about the File Browser, Library and the Inspector, and shows you a great, almost hidden tool called the HUD, that you are going to be using probably more than the Inspector itself!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple FCPX Techniques
SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

Embracing FCP X and the RED Camera System from the earliest releases has been proven a successful choice for filmmaker David Battistella, whose enticing respect for the RED/FCPX workflow shines through from detailed explanation to his finished work. Everything we dreamed RED could be in post is beginning to unfold with the new FCP X update.

Editorial, Feature
David Battistella
Apple Final Cut Pro X
You Ask, I Answer: Multicam Editing - Separate Audio in FCPX

You Ask, I Answer: Multicam Editing - Separate Audio in FCPX
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about the best way to multicam edit in FCPX when your main audio source is recorded as an audio only file.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple Final Cut Pro X
You Ask I Answer : Working with PSD files Part 1: FCPX

You Ask I Answer : Working with PSD files Part 1: FCPX
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the great new "Import PSD files" feature inside of FCPX, and answers a viewers question about extending still images the length of your timelines.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Authors

Michael Angelo (1)
Charlie Austin (3)
David Battistella (3)
Michael Garber (1)
Andrew Gash (1)
Tobias G (1)
David Lawrence (1)
Kevin P. McAuliffe (7)
Sam McGuire (2)
Andy Neil (8)
T Payton (2)
Simon Ubsdell (12)
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