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Another Top 10 Amazing Free Transitions

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Another Top 10 Amazing Free Transitions

Another Top 10 Amazing Free Transitions Didn’t get enough transitions in our last top ten roundup? Here’s a bunch more you can use to punch up a boring presentation, disguise a forced edit, or create that perfect segue from scene A to scene B. There’s actually about 21 transitions in this list, which makes it particularly good value — especially as they’re all free.   1. Premonition by Alex4D The incoming shot (or a chosen frame elsewhere on the timeline) strobes in and out in a chosen pattern, foreshadowing something that’s about to happen. Always handy.   2. Flip Transitions...

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Top 10 Free Introductory Color Correction Tutorials for FCP X

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Top 10 Free Introductory Color Correction Tutorials for FCP X

Color correcting the shots in your edit to form a cohesive whole is a vital skill in today’s post-production workflow. Lighting can change from shot to shot, especially if you’re relying on the great ball of light in the sky. Even in a more controlled environment with matched cameras (or a single camera shoot) you'll need to fix exposure or white balance issues that weren’t obvious on set. This is a big topic, so we’ll tackle the basics of the Color Board — Final Cut Pro X’s main color correction tool — first, and then take a quick look at a couple...

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Top 10 Motion Project Tutorials

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Top 10 Motion Project Tutorials

If you’ve mastered the basics of Motion, time to get cracking on some practical projects. Some of these start and finish in Motion, while others produce generators or effects for use in Final Cut Pro X. All these tutorials explore different features, and some are more complex than others, so take your time. By the end of these tutorials, you’ll be able to make some pretty incredible things, and apply all kinds of techniques to your own work.   1. Create a Rounded Corner Lower Third by Motion Master Templates Starting slowly, here’s a long, detailed tutorial that takes you through...

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Top 10 Introductory Motion Tutorials

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Top 10 Introductory Motion Tutorials

Motion is a staggeringly good app. For US$50, you get not just a world-class real-time 3D animation tool, but the best way on the planet to create your own free effects, transitions, titles and more for Final Cut Pro X. If you’ve only ever used After Effects (a great app with its own strengths) then you’re missing out. While you can just dive in and start playing, it’s a more complex beast than it appears on the surface. Taking a few tutorials will not only help with the basics, but with understanding some of the powerful-but-less-obvious features like behaviors. If...

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Top 10 Free Glow and Particle Effects in FCP X

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Top 10 Free Glow and Particle Effects in FCP X

All kinds of productions could do with a little sparkle, and these 9 effects and 1 title are a great way to add it. Most of these are heavily configurable, so you can easily move from a subtle soft glow to a crazed disco party with just a few clicks. If you don’t think you can use them on your current job, that’s just fine — keep them in mind for the next time you need a flash of energy in your edit. As ever, in no particular order, here we go:     1. Flare Lights by Idustrial Revolution...

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