Automatic Duck has made their Final Cut Pro X to Motion utility Xsend Motion available to users. The software was recently unveiled by Automatic Duck president Wes Plate, when they debuted at the FCP Exchange Workshop, during the NAB 2016 conference this past April.
What Xsend Motion does is it converts your Final Cut Pro X timeline into a Motion project. That means it also translates transforms like position, scale, opacity, blending modes, and titles as well as some third party effects as well. The Motion project points to the same media files used by Final Cut Pro X via the XML from FCP X project to a Motion 5 project, allowing you to manipulate the footage live.
Final Cut editors have long sought the ability to swap between the NLE and Motion program so this will make more than a few FCP X cutters extremely happy. It’s a shame that the functionality isn’t built in to Apple’s software as it seems like a no-brainer.
Automatic Duck Xsend Motion will retail for $99. However, the developer has made the utility available for a discounted $79 if you purchase it before June 7, 2016. You can purchase Xsend Motion now via Tool Farm by clicking here.
For an overview of what Xsend Motion does, Automatic Duck has released the following highlights video:
And here’s a deeper look at Automatic Duck Xsend Motion, via a longer tutorial of the utility:
In a statement, Automatic Duck quoted freelance producer, videographer, editor, and trainer Mark Spencer about the product:
“Automatic Duck Xsend Motion is a godsend for Final Cut Pro X editors who use Motion to add motion graphics and visual effects to their videos. Finally, there is a simple way to get your edited clips, complete with temp effects, titles, and transitions, into Motion!”
Independent film producer and operator of Colors Studios, Steven Galvano, added:
“Automatic Duck saved our lives – and dozens of post hours – during a documentary feature we produced nearly 10 years ago. Now that we are producing content at the screaming pace that episodic TV demands, we’re thrilled to have Automatic Duck back for FCPX and Motion. It’s proven itself once again to be a no-compromise time-saver, and one of the most valuable tools in our bag.”
The company also has the following products available for purchase, as well, via Red Giant:
Automatic Duck Ximport AE
Automatic Duck Ximport AE builds a powerful bridge between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe After Effects CC. As more professionals experiment with and adopt Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, the need has increased for a robust translation to After Effects CC. Automatic Duck Ximport AE is an After Effects plug-in that reads XML files from FCPX 10.1.2 and later directly into After Effects CS6 and later.
Automatic Duck Ximport AE is available from Red Giant and is priced at $199.
Automatic Duck Media Copy
Automatic Duck Media Copy is an update to the popular utility that adds support for FCPX XML files. Automatic Duck Media Copy reads AAF or OMF exports from Avid editing systems, XML files from Final Cut Pro 7 and earlier, or XML files from Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 and later, then it figures out which media files are referenced by the sequence(s) and copies those media files to a location the user specifies.
Automatic Duck Media Copy is available from Red Giant and is priced at $99.