Speed up your edit and improve the overall quality with seven FREE FCPX plugins that every video editor needs in their arsenal.
We know where you might be right now—your client’s budget is completely blown and they’re not helping out at all. Well, we want to make sure you can still reach the finish line without dipping into your funds. Download these awesome FREE FCPX plugins from around the editing community, and make your editing life easier.
Here we compiled a list of seven of our favorite FREE plugins that you can download right now.
1. Youlean Loudness Meter 2
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.
Download the Youlean Loudness Meter.
2. Denoise Effect
Having issues with a 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’s a full-priced plugin available.
Download these FREE FCP plugins.
3. Shutterstock Final Cut Extension
One of my biggest pet peeves while working with stock footage is having to download footage from your browser, then drag it into 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.
Download Shutterstock’s FCP plugin.
If you want to see what it looks like to use the plugin in a typical editing situation, check out this timestamped tutorial below:
4. mLUT Loading Tool
One of the most important aspects of being a good video editor is organization, and discipline to maintain that organization. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve super-organized my projects or desktop/hard drives, only to quickly fall back into chaos shortly after completing the next project.
This plugin is perfect because no two projects are ever the same. So, finding a look that fits the video, as well as having a catalog that you can refer to, or quickly navigate, will save you time, allowing you to hit those deadlines more consistently.
Download the mLUT plugin.
5. Warp Zoom + Other Transitions
One of the favorites of many vloggers or anyone producing content specifically for social media, be it TikTok or Instagram Reels, the warp zoom effect can add an exciting transition between two shots in your next project.
You’ve definitely seen this effect before. This list of plugins comes from Color Grading Central, who’s always offering up valuable information, plus a stacked library of assets and plugins for video editors.
Download Color Grading Central plugins.
6. Vertical Video – Blur Background
In this day and age, where everyone is shooting footage on their phone and posting to various platforms, sometimes you have to throw vertical footage into a horizontal project. Clients are always going to ask for social cuts now, so be ready.
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. It’s just a way to make a boring image more exciting.
Download the mVertical plugin.
7. Cinema Color Grading
In case you’re new to color grading or just going for a specific look that you might have seen elsewhere, this plugin offers dozens of looks and an extremely easy-to-use interface for applying and tweaking certain color grades.
Now, just like the title suggests, these LUTs and looks you’ll get from this plugin are pitched as “cinematic looks,” so take that information and do with it what you will.
There’s a free version and a paid version, so you can test it out to see if it’s worth your money in the long run.
Download the Cinema Grade plugin.
Adding Plugins into FCPX
In this tutorial from Moment, you’ll learn how you actually bring the plugins that you just downloaded into FCPX to start using.
Once you’ve downloaded the file, go to Movies>Motion Templates>Titles. Next, drop the plugin into this folder to add them within FCPX.
A few more FCPX tips, tricks, and advice for you:
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