We picked the top seven free Final Cut Pro plugins that every video editor needs in their arsenal. Simplify your workflow with these great tools.
We know where you might be right now: you spent all of your money on holiday gifts and winter travel, but don’t have much for yourself. Well, we want to make sure you can still treat yourself without spending a dime – by downloading some awesome Final Cut Pro plugins from around the net that are free to use to make your life easier as an editor. Here, we compiled a list of seven of our favorite free plugins that you can download right now.
1. Youlean Loudness Meter
Ever have trouble finding the right audio balance for your entire timeline? Maybe when you upload it to a social platform, the audio somehow just goes flat? Well with the Youlean Loudness Meter, you can track your loudness down to the finer details. There are even presets that allow you to comply with the loudness requirements for a whole range of platforms, such as TV and YouTube, and even music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
2. Neat Video
Having issues with noisy video that you recorded at night or at a high ISO? There are a few avenues you can take within Final Cut to de-noise a video, but this neat plugin helps you clean up dirty footage with the click of a button. The demo for this product is available for free, but if you want more functionality, there is a full priced plugin available.
3. Shutterstock Final Cut Extension
One of my biggest pet peeves while working with stock footage is having to download footage from your browser and then drag it in to Final Cut to edit. This extends your edit time and creates a lengthy process. With this incredibly useful plugin, you can access Shutterstock’s vast library of images, video clips, and music, and import them directly into Final Cut without having to leave the app. You can search any type of media in the accessible search bar and find the perfect clip within seconds. Want to test out a clip but not ready to purchase it yet? No problem. Just download a preview of the clip and replace it later.
4. Face Obscure
Why go through the trouble of creating a mask when you can get a face blur with one click? This plugin automatically creates a new obscure mask to cover up the identity of anyone you might not have received a release from. It also has options to change from a blur to a mosaic, to fit whatever your project demands.
5. Warp Zoom
One of the favorites of many travel vloggers out there, the warp zoom can add an exciting transition between two shots in your next project. This plugin comes from DeathByVlog, who has a load of great plugins for you to grab when you sign up to be a member of his website.
6. RT Vertical Video
In today’s age where everyone is shooting footage on their phone, sometimes you have to throw vertical footage into a horizontal project. In order to make it a bit more interesting, this vertical video plugin extends the video in the background and brings motion to the entire composition while still maintaining the original vertical video.
7. Ghosting Effect
For those who work with time lapses a lot, it can be hard to make a long time lapse interesting. With this plugin, you can add ghost lines and ghosted images to time lapsed footage to give it a more dynamic, “long exposure” look.
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