Improve the Filters and effects within Final Cut Pro

Use Motion 5 Filters without leaving Final Cut Pro


Motion Filters are much more detailed than those in Final Cut Pro. We have recorded a tutorial that shows how to create filters in Motion and publish ALL of their controls into Final Cut Pro so that they work directly in Final Cut Pro.

motion filters

This means that you don’t have to export your video clips, out of Final Cut Pro, import into Motion – then make the adjustments with Motion’s filter controls, and then re-import into Final Cut Pro

what a procedure that you can now avoid!



In the tutorial we have used the example of the Contrast filter, which is part of the Color Correction sub set of filters in Motion 5. This filter offers special controls such as Pivot point, Smooth Contrast and the choice of contrasting Luminance only – all things you can’t access within Final Cut Pro.


Our tutorial shows how to install the Contrast filter inside Final Cut Pro so you can use these controls without leaving Final Cut Pro.

contrast filter






The same can be done for other Motion 5 filters that you want to use directly within Final Cut Pro. Just remember to “publish” the controls that you want to access within Final Cut Pro



This tutorial is part of our NEW 63 lesson training course available on the Mac App store for $9.99. 14 hours of video tutorials and 600 topics.


Use this link to access the Tutorial on The Mac App store.


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Review of Update 10.1.2 Final Cut Pro

The New Features of

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2

How and why you use them.


On 27th June Apple released an update to Final Cut Pro X. These new features do not change how Final Cut Pro is used now, they simply add to the functionality.

The most noticeable thing is the speed increase for longer projects. The best new features are the increased Flexibility to locate Render files and optimized/Proxy Media in different places. The new Voice over tool is an improvement. The ability to adjust audio on relative basis to much appreciated. Also welcome: ability to delete generated files, not just render files and ability to trash preferences on Final Cut Pro launch with Command and Option Keys.

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The Apple documentation lists the new features as:


  • Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.2 adds these features.
    • Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
    • View and set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector
    • Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
    • Used media indicators for Compound, Multicam, and Synced clips
    • Option to show only unused media in the Browser
    • Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras
    • Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera
    • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
    • Improved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clips
    • Audio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takes
    • Fast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM media
    • Export entire library as a single XML file
    • Selecting a library displays key metadata in the Inspector
    • Adjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selection
    • Create keywords from Finder Tags when importing media
    • Option to sort events by date or name in the Libraries list
    • Import a clip by dragging directly into the Browser
    • Share 4K video to Vimeo

    Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2 also addresses the following issues

    • Faster opening, closing, copying, and overall performance when working with large libraries
    • Linear and smooth motion interpolation between keyframes applies to both time and distance

Apple now also suggests to before updating you create a zip file of your current Application.


see this link:

Below is my video review of new features  and the new transition in the Dissolve Subfolder.

This is taken from the new 14 x hour “Final Cut Pro A-Z” tutorial, soon to be released.

14 x hours of video tutorials

61 x Lessons – Download All Lessons index

Over 600 Topics:

Download Topic list – All topics A-Z


We recommend Final Cut Library Manager as a Must have Application:

FC Library manager 2

Upgrading to Final Cut Pro 10.1.1

Things to do prior to upgrading?

Things to do when upgrading?

Things to do after upgrading?


We recommend Final Cut Library Manager as a Must have Application:

FC Library manager 2

There are many implications when you decide to upgrade from 10.0.9 of Final Cut Pro.

But the good news is that Apple has thought them through and given you options even if you take what you later find as an incorrect option in the update process. Nothing is lost and you even have the choice to retain your older structure (without taking up extra disk space).

There is an excellent series of videos about upgrading to Final Cut Pro 10.1.1. Even if you have already upgraded some or even all of your previous projects you will want to review this 3 x part video series from Ripple training. They are highly recommended to give you a full understanding of what has happened in the upgrade process.

Part one: Prior to upgrading:

Even if you have already upgraded your old events and Projects into the new Library structure you are going to get valuable information about what has gone on behind the scenes and this will prepare you for what you can do with those new libraries after the upgrade process.


Part two: How to upgrade:

Once you have gone through the actual upgrade process and even if you save the old events and project structure, you will not take up any more disk space. Just because they appear to be duplicated, they do not take up extra disk space. If you did not save and requested they be put in the trash, you will still be able to retrieve them (providing you have not emptied the trash)

Part three: What to do after upgrading:


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New MacPro released 19th December in US

New Mac Pro tomorrow

Apple have taken an unprecedented approach to the release of their new MacPro. They have announced it’s availability a day in advance:

Macpro 2 up

“All New Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow

CUPERTINO, California―December 18, 2013―Apple® today announced the all-new Mac Pro® will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19″

This is certainly the event that Video pros have been looking to. But at a price. The US listing for the entry model is: US$2,999 and for the 8 core model: US$3999. That equates to AUD 3,999 and AUD 5,299.00 on the Australian Apple store.

Still at up to 8 times the processing power of the current silver tower MacPro it seems to be somewhat value for money. Maybe it is just the little touches that we are paying for: The almost silence of the fans while working, despite the amount of power contained under the hood. Even little details like the back panel that automatically lights up when it detects the computer is being moved to help you see which ports are which.

The entry model ships with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM (filling three of four memory slots), 256GB of flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (with 2GB of VRAM each). The second standard option has a 3.5GHz Xeon E5 CPU, 16GB of RAM (filling all four slots), 256GB of flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D500 GPUs (each of which have 3GB of VRAM each). The graphics chips will drive three 4K displays at the same time.

There is no mention yet about pricing for build to order options.

Nor is there any mention about the Optimised version of Final Cut Pro that was rumoured to be available at the same time as the MacPro – but maybe that is a surprise in store for tomorrow.

Made in USA

This release is also another milestone for Apple as it is a return to USA manufacture in Austin Texas by Flextronics:

MacPro assembly line

I know what will be under my Christmas tree – maybe just a gift card or a promissory note!!!

The full Press release from Apple.

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New iMovie 10

As most will know Apple released their new OS on Tuesday and along with that they released a raft of Free updates to the iWork and iLife suites of software. Amongst these new version is a major interface update to iMovie.

The new interface is certainly less daunting for a casual user and will allow quicker editing for the consumer. Colour correction and adjustments to video and audio make much more sense to a non professional user.

If you are a current user of iMovie and FCP X you will see how the positioning of the interface elements have come together.

If you use iMovie now, you will find your way fairly easily, but to make best use of your time, first, spend 5 minutes with this review from TUAW.

I guess that some of the features of this update will find their way into Final Cut, if they do my hope is that the auto functions come with overriding controls, as auto is good but control is better.