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Posted by Iain Anderson on

In this ever-more “social” world, it’s likely you’ve already been asked to produce something for Facebook, Twitter, or one of the many other ways in which we share our lives. While FCP X is pretty good at this — quick exports and custom frame sizes certainly help — a few bells and whistles will help elevate your video over a simple edit. Here are ten ways you can enhance your social media videos — and your skills.

 

Sign Pop by Stupid Raisins

1. Three Pack by Stupid Raisins

The first of these three free plug-ins is “Sign Pop”, and it includes a selection of social media icons that pop in and out in an attractive, convenient way. Ideal if you just need to throw in a mention to a different platform.

 

Web Video by Motion Master Templates

2. Web Video by Motion Master Templates

When you need to show a generic website (title, logo and video) in context with a generic “web browser” frame around it, this template is what you need.

 

Social Media Slideshow by LenoFX

3. Social Media Slideshow by LenoFX

More clean work from LenoFX, this simple closing slideshow is ideal for a standalone “sample” video or a quick link to your other work on YouTube.

 

10 Vintage Color Presets by Shutterstock

4. 10 Vintage Color Presets by Shutterstock

If you need that “Instagram” look, here are a selection of instant “vintage” effects you can apply as color presets. Works in FCP X 10.4 too.

 

Web Browser Generator by Final Cut Argentina

5. Web Browser Generator by Final Cut Argentina

This web browser generator lets you choose between Google and your own custom content, with optional scan lines.

 

Social Media Lower Third Titles by Final Cut King / Stupid Raisins

6. Social Media Lower Third Titles by Final Cut King / Stupid Raisins

Because in some contexts, nothing says “social” like rotating logos in a box — here are rotating logos in a box.

 

Social Package by Motion Master Templates

7. Social Package by Motion Master Templates

If you need to simulate a profile page on something that looks Facebook-y, this template lets you put your own images or videos in place, plus add your own text. Related, and from the same creator...


Free Final Cut Template Modules by Motion Master Templates

8. Free Final Cut Template Modules by Motion Master Templates

There are a few socially-useful freebies in this pack, but our eye was drawn to the iconic laptop and phone, into which you can place your own content. Useful!

 

VideoTweet by Arctic Whiteness

9. VideoTweet by Arctic Whiteness

This is a free app which you can make even better with an optional payment of €5. Either way, it posts your videos in a tweet for you, taking care of many annoying smaller issues.

 

FCP X Square Video Creation tutorial by Ben Halsall

10. FCP X Square Video Creation tutorial by Ben Halsall

After all that, if you’re not sure how to make a square video (ideal for Instagram or Facebook) then this is the tutorial that you need. This also shows you how to add that annoying text above and below a 16:9 video in a 1:1 frame. But please, please try not to. :)

 

Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.


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