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Essential Final Cut Pro: FxFactory Pro and CrumplePop

Plug-Ins/3rd Party Software Part 3 By Heath McKnight

For this Final Cut Pro (FCP) Plug-Ins and 3rd Party Software apps, I decided to focus only Noise Industries' FxFactory Pro (also available for Motion, Final Cut Express, and Adobe After Effects) and some of key plug-ins, including those from Noise Industries, SUGARfx, yanobox, and Boinx Software. I will also take a look at CrumplePop, which is a very cool "handwritten" text creator that helps editors create handwritten-style graphics on templates that look like paper, Post-It-style notes, masking tape, and more.

FxFactory Pro
I'm not doing a full review of FxFactory Pro; my colleague and friend Kevin P. McAuliffe did a great job with his review Instead, I'm going to focus on a couple of the key plug-ins mentioned above.

When you launch FCP, the standalone FxFactory Pro app launches, but the plug-ins are also found within FCP under the Effects tab.  It's super easy to use "just drop a specific plug-in/filter onto your video and voila, it's done.  Of course, no FCP editor is content with just the default settings, so I'm happy to report you have full editing capabilities. Check out the downloads page for more information plus computer specifications:


While we're on specifications, my old MacBook struggled with some of them, mostly due to the graphics card. I did this review on a colleague's Mac Pro where we had no issues at all with the FxFactory Pro plug-ins. Here are graphics card requirements: "An AGP or PCI Express Quartz Extreme graphics card (Final Cut Studio is not compatible with integrated Intel graphics processors)."  Motion and Color have even higher requirements when it comes to graphics cards (  I know my MacBook won't even open Color.

There are plenty of Noise Industry effects, filters, and more, and I wanted to try out a few of them. Under the Effects tab, the Video Filters folder, and the NI Stylize folder, I found some cool filters including Pencil Sketch. I applied it, then used a Black and White Preset.  The result was pretty cool:

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Noise Industries' Pencil Sketch filter

I then checked out the three SUGARfx HUD (Heads Up Display) options, including Binoculars, OSD (On Screen Display), and Target.

These are only a small sampling of the many filters you can check out and buy (or get for free) at It costs $399 for version 2.0 and comes with many plug-ins, including Yanobox Motype (graphics), SUGARfx, and more. A must-have app for FCP users. 

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