My contribution to this week’s Free Effect Friday is a new free Final Cut Pro X effect: Alex4D Timecode 35mm 4-perf.
Last week an editor emailed me with a request:
could you build a generator that would give me both a timecode burn in and a footage and frames counter?
I’m looking for one for a movie I’m working on, it’s the first FCPx studio picture and I’m trying to help out our sound guys. the timecode start should be user definable feet and frames should be like 35mm 4 perf (16 frames per foot)
Building timecode plugins in Apple Motion 5 for Final Cut Pro X isn’t straightforward – partially because Motion is designed to build effects, titles and generators that work at any frame rate. The Final Cut Pro X built-in timecode tools are buggy, so I’ve been trying to make a fixed Timecode generator for a while. This request gave me the impetus to find a new approach to the problem.
Alex4D Timecode 35mm 4-perf is the result. If you are collaborating with people who want to see timecode in feet and frames, download this effect.
For more information and download link, visit my website: Alex4D.com
Here is a video showing what it can do:
Free Effect Friday
‘Free Effect Friday’ is an idea popularised by FCP.co. Here are links to lists of new free effects they published on Friday June 14, Friday June 28, July 8th, July 19th, July 26th, August 23 and September 6th.
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