This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a product that helps you to locate missing effects in Final Cut Pro X.
And when I say “effects” I really mean effects, titles, transitions, and generators – all those goodies in the Browser at the bottom right of the FCP X interface.
If you’ve ever had the experience of opening a project only to find the dreaded offline symbol – and you’ve confirmed that all your media is in fact online – then read on.
Because of the large and diverse ecosystem of third party plugins and templates for Final Cut Pro X, it’s likely you are using some of these in your project. And unless they are part of a plugin management system like FxFactory, it’s entirely possible that you’ll open a project containing these plugins or templates at some point in the future or on a different system where they aren’t installed and be faced with the dreaded offline symbol.
While you can certainly check the Inspector for each offline clip to see if any effects are applied (titles, transitions, and generators are more obvious since you can see them in the timeline) and you can disable the offending effect to get your clip back, what you really often want is to get that effect back – but Final Cut doesn’t tell you what it is!
Enter X-FX Handler from spherico. A donationware app, it tells you the name of every single missing effect in your project. All you need to do is export a project XML file and bring that into X-FX Handler. Now you can disable all those missing effects in one go: the XML is immediately updated and you just import it back into Final Cut Pro X and you get a new copy of your project with all effects disabled. Or, since X-FX Handler tells you the name of your missing plugins, you can install them and get them back where they belong.
Of course, X-FX Handler isn’t doing any magic: that information is in the XML file you exported. But it’s a lot easier to locate and work with the data in this app. Check it all out above. And if you want to learn how to make your own effects for Final Cut Pro X, we’ve got you covered.