Jan 2021

Top 4 Plugins for FCPX (Final Cut Pro)

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Color Finale 2

Final Cut Pro X is an ultra popular editing software based on Macs, so you need the best plugins to work with it. From color grading to noise reduction and impressive transitions, everything you will need is in these 4 plugins.

Color Finale was developed by Color Trix LTD and it’s probably the best color grading extensions you can find for FCPX. It’s simple enough for everyone from vloggers to professional filmmakers to use, but the results are absolutely impressive. On top of the coolest features you can expect from a color grading software, Color Finale 2 also has a great LUT management system, so you can keep all your work close.

The color correction tool has everything you need in order to fully personalize your work. You have access to professional color correction tools such as color profiles, white balance, film grain emulation, as well as all kinds of enhancements.

Color Finale 2 goes for $149, and you can also get the simple version for $99.

Red Giant Universe

Maxon’s Red Giant Universe is not a plugin with a single purpose. It comes with an impressive library containing everything you may need to fully edit a video, from cool transitions, different style editors, text generators, presets, and motion graphics!

They have a total of 89 GPU-accelerated plugins that goes for $199/year and you can find tutorials for each of them on their website. On top of that, you can use it with all the major editing software, so you have all the freedom you need.

Neat Video

Neat Video is all about removing the noise and grain from your footage. It’s what you need for those times when you shoot at night and nothing seems to save the videos. It simply comes over and makes everything neat again. It was made to be used for night and underwater footage, but you can basically use it everywhere you have annoying dust particles, noise, or flickering. You can buy it for $74.90 directly on their website.


CinemaGrade is one of the other color grading plugins you need, and it’s compatible with FCPX, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve. It’s got a super-simple interface, allowing you to do all the work on your screen and in real-time.

When you start, you get to choose from over 60 presets, to give you a head start and help you choose the right aesthetics. The auto white balance tool will instantly choose the right one for your footage, and you can manually edit it afterward. You also get the Shot-to-Shot feature, which allows you to easily match different footage with the side-by-side viewer, and all your colors will look natural once you activate the “False Colors” tool.

The CinemaGrade Basic package sells for $69, the Pro version for $99, and if you want the Filmmaker’s bundle, you need to pay $199 for it.

All you need to do now is go ahead and choose your favorite plugins! What are you going to create next?



Andreea Juganaru


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