Have you ever wanted a nice slow motion shot in your video? While Final Cut Pro X does have a built-in retiming effect, it does not always produce desirable results. Instead, try Twixtor for FCPX.
Twixtor enables you to speed up, slow down or frame rate convert your image sequences with visually stunning results.
Twixtor has been out long before Final Cut Pro X and works with many editing programs such as legacy Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Media Composer, and more.
There is one drawback with Twixtor and it’s how you have to apply it to clips. It is very similar to how you had to apply it to clips in Final Cut Pro 7. Apple does not allow plugins to alter the clip duration in Final Cut Pro. So, if you are slowing down a clip, it can be a little difficult. But, in my opinion, the results are worth the extra steps.
Here is a tutorial provided by RE:Vision Effects on the basics of speeding up or slowing down a clip:
As mentioned in the video, in order to slow down a clip you have Final Cut Pro X hold a frame at the end for the desired duration and insert it into a Compound Clip.
I did, however, notice an issue with my Twixtor clip. At one point part of the frame seemed to get warped (as shown below).
However, those were the results just by applying the Twixtor plugin. I did not adjust any of the settings.
Overall I am very pleased with RE:Vision Effects’ Twixtor plugin for Final Cut Pro X. The end results were much more desirable than FCPX’s built-in slow motion.
If you’re interested in using Twixtor for Final Cut Pro, visit RE:Vision Effects’ website and download the free trial version. A downside to Twixtor would be the price. The cost of Twixtor is $329.95 USD for FCPX ($82.49 if you’re upgrading from version 5).
Still using legacy Final Cut Pro (6 or 7)? You can still purchase Twixtor at the same price. They even have a tutorial if you need help.
Need additional help? When you purchase Twixtor it also comes with a free help PDF that goes over the steps to producing great slow-mo results.
Thank you to RE:Vision Effects for giving me a copy of Twixtor to review.