XEffects Tech Transitions brings new options to Final Cut Pro X

Noise Industries is now offering XEffects Tech Transitions, a collection of 28 video transition plug-ins for use with Final Cut Pro X.

XEffects Tech Transitions offers 28 effects.

The XEffects package is meant for use with Noise’s own free FXFactory 3.0 application, which lets editors install and try hundreds of visual effects for use with their video productions. The XEffects package, from Idustrial Revolution, includes a number of “repeater” effects that allow an editor to duplicate video action within a cut. (See the video below for a demonstration of the effects.)

The developers also tout the availability of freeze-frame options for most of the 28 transition effects—allowing editors to create those stills automatically, instead of constructing them from scratch. And they say that Final Cut Pro X’s own advanced processing capabilities will make it possible to preview and render the new effects relatively quickly.

XEffects Tech Transitions costs $49, though a watermarked free trial is available. Users must already own FXFactory 3.0; the software is compatible with computers running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later.

At a Glance
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    • Simplified interface and ease of use
    • Advanced media handling and organizational tools
    • Internet delivery via Podcast Producer, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube are embedded
    • Blu-ray disc format output added
    • App Store delivery allows faster bug fixes and feature upgrades
    • Transparent media management
    • Groundbreaking advancements in handling of media via metadata
    • Blazing speed


    • Does not open previous Final Cut Pro projects
    • No third-party support for hardware monitoring or software add-ons
    • Tape media can only be captured via Fire wire.
    • Defaults to media capture from camera
    • No support for import or export of content to other editors or other finishing systems
    • No mention of 3D or high-end workflow or deliverables anywhere in the documentation
    • Limited XML and no EDL support restricts usability with other non-Apple software applications
    • Final Cut Studio 3, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server all discontinued with this release

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