Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff

Free Final Cut Pro Template – Social Package

I just finished creating the latest FREE template for FCPX and Motion 5 called Social Package.

Circle of Love is a 3D template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 of a 4 different Social Media Interface animating in motion.

This template is free to use so please feel free to download it here:

Special thanks to GRATISOGRAPHY for providing the beautiful images for the demo video.

The animation and preparation was done in Apple’s Motion 5.



Apple Motion Tutorials Inteviews Learn how to teach your students about video production in Apple’s Motion

Recently I was invited to do a presentation on the how Motion and Final Cut Pro can work together using Templates.  It was a great podcast and Jeff and Sam were great fun to speak with.

In the podcast we went over how simple it can be to create a template in Motion and then use that template inside of Final Cut to speed up the workflow.
Please key me know what you think of the podcast. Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more | Learn how to teach your students about video production in apple motion

Inspirational Inteviews

Listen to amazing Digital Production podcasts at DigitalCINEMAcafe

Digital Cinema Cafe

If you would like to listen to some very informative podcasts in regard to the world of digital video editing and distribution, then I highly recommend this website.

So far I have learned tons of inside tricks of trade. The show is hosted by Chris Fenwick of SL\CE Editorial and Colorist Alex MacLean. The shows are entertaining, funny and very educational.

Check them out and let know what you think.

digitalCINEMAcafe | We discuss all facets of the business from acquisition through distribution..

1 on 1 Motion Learn

One on One Training in Apple’s Motion – Creating a Generator

Recently I had the opportunity to show Charlie from how to set up an FCPX generator for his Light Leaks products. In this video, we go through the basics on how to rig different options, publish parameters and set up a Generator.

Please excuse the city noise as Charlie was traveling at the time of this recording.

We used ScreenHero to do the screen shared session while I was in Florida and Charlie was in Brazil. Screen hero is great since it allows us both to control a screen at the same time with each mouse cursor labeled with the user’s name.

Thank you Charlie, for letting me share this video session with the world.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any requests for future sessions. Thank you and have an amazing day!

Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff

Free FCPX Template – Circles of Love

I just finished creating the latest FREE template for FCPX and Motion 5 called Circles of Love.

Circle of Love is a 2D template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 of a circles in motion. This was part experimentation, challenge and homage to the beautiful intro animation to the WWDC 2013 Keynote Presentation. This was originally a test to see if some the motions in that video could be be created in Motion.

This template is free to use so please feel free to download it here:

Special thanks to <a title=”GRATISOGRAPHY” href=”” target=”_blank”>GRATISOGRAPHY</a> for providing the beautiful images for the demo video.

The animation and preparation was done in Apple’s Motion 5.



Apple Final Cut X

My thoughts on Final Cut X

I believe these last few years have been the most exciting and talked about years in Final Cut’s history.  This is for good reason as Apple did a full re-release and update of their ever popular editing program Final Cut Pro.

Below are a few of the reasons of why many professionals were upset by this huge update and my counter points to those reasons.

Final Cut X is not professional.

I completely agreed with this comment with release of Final Cut X.  Like many others I was very upset with the new release as I had invested over 10 years into mastering Final Cut Pro and I did not want to or feel like learning something completely new.  I guess we can say I was comfortable and content with my current workflow.

In all fairness there has not been any software that I can think of after a major rewrite without its share of bugs, issues and features lost.

After many quick and timely updates I can now say that Final Cut X has delivered on all its promises of a software that I believe is more powerful and more impressive than any earlier version of Final Cut.

Final Cut X is hard to learn.

I also agree, especially when professionals have used complicated software bloated with tons buttons, windows and always in your face features.  But, what I have discovered is that learning something simple, especially after many years of a complicated workflow is more daunting since we expect complexity.

We are professionals and our tools should be intimidating or else any novice can use it and leave us professionals out in the cold.  Right? Well not really, if anything when our workload is easier we get more time to play and be creative.  One example I love to use is the mighty pencil and brush.  It is a very simple tool, but in the hands of a person that knows how to use it well they can create amazing work.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Final Cut X is just iMovie on steroids.

I felt the same thing as well and I still believe this statement is true.  Apple is not known to release Beta versions of their software and who better to test out a brand new Graphic User Interface ( GUI ) than those that will not complain that much like first time users and hobbyists.

Not only was this an ingenious way to test out a completely new software interface, but it also allowed for iMovie to become a stepping stone for all future professionals since the feel is similar to Final Cut X.  Plus we can now import iMovie projects straight into Final Cut X, which is great for producers that like to get more involved in their projects and start a rough cut of their project out on location.

Final Cut X does not have a monthly membership plan.

This is one thing I am very happy for.  Almost everything is now based on membership plans and our monthly expenses can get pretty high quickly.  If we add $50 here and $25 there the overall monthly costs can add up to $100s a month.

Let us take an example and compare it to Final Cut X.  If I paid $50 a month for a membership fee the yearly cost for the last 3 years since Final Cut X’s first release would be $1,800.  Instead in the last 3 years I have paid less than $300 total and the savings continue to increase the more years I use Final Cut X.  That means I have saved $1,500 which could be used for a new Cinema Display, External Storage, iPad Air or a nice vacation.

I warn people to not look at the price of a membership as a monthly cost but instead multiply it to a yearly cost and then multiply that for at least a minimum of 3 years.  If we do the math for 3-5 years we can see how expensive things can get.  Also if we look at the price structure of Apple’s software I do not believe upgrades for Final Cut X will not be expensive or it may even be free, just take a look at the cost of OSX.

Apple dropped the ball with the new release of Final Cut X.

I also agreed with this when Final Cut X first came out.  I even downloaded free trials of its competing software out fear of Apple’s discard of the professional market with their “professional” iMovie clone.  But fortunately I decided to give Final Cut X a real fair try and not just a few hours of toying around and complaining as I originally did.

I also thought that this was not the first time Apple has done something bold and drastic so maybe there is more to this release than meets the eye.  Think back from the time of the 1984 Macintosh commercial release or when Final Cut first came out or Apple dropping the floppy drive and even with the latest release of Mac Pro.  They were either unusual, controversial or even a little off-putting but in the end they made sense and stuck.

Apple has proven to not be a follower of trends or a company that adds a few features here and there and calls it a day.  Instead Apple is known to rush to the edge, jump off the edge and eventually after the dust settles we find that the edge was well worth the leap.  When the competition begins to look the same Apple diverts to a whole new path. Apple takes risks with everything they create and sometimes times they are not successful, but when they are a hit we all benefit big time!

Apple’s Final Cut X was not ready for professional release.

I also agree with this comment.  But in all fairness we professionals raised our torches and pitchforks in demand for a new update to Final Cut and the Mac Pro.  If we think back there were tons of rumors that Apple was leaving the professional market behind since many years went by without an update or a hint of one.  So I believe an early release was to ease the fury of the professional market and to at least demonstrate that we were not being abandoned.

Yes, Final Cut X was not ready by a long shot when it was first released, but at least it was a taste of what was to come.  Those that have had many years of experience in the industry knew not to leave their old Editing software for something new and shiny. As professionals we need careful thought of new tools.  However, after the many huge updates Apple has released since Final Cut X first came out they have proved that they are listening to our concerns and demands.  My editing speed has increased by at least 3 times and every new update brings new features that increase my workflow even more.

Final thoughts.

If we are truly interested in using FCPX then we what we need is patience as this is entirely a whole new way of editing.  Is it scary? Heck yes!  But is it worth it.  I say double heck yes!  Be aware that all the new features are not out in the open and instead they are hidden until we need them and since there are hundreds of new features this is a very good thing.  I would love to name all the new features, but there are so many I would need a few more posts to cover them all.

My advice is when we first open FCPX we should think of it as a new piece of software, because in essence it is.  I know many of us do not like change, especially when it comes to our tools of the trade, but many times change is good and most times it is a necessity in our fast moving industry.

So after a few years of using the new Final Cut X I am proud to say that I am very happy I took the leap of faith back in 2011 and we can only expect things to get better, cleaner and faster in the years to come.

In closing I would like to say, “Thank you Apple for being trail blazers that you are.  Please continue to do what you do best and that is to think different and be bold” 🙂


One must either anticipate change or be it’s victim. – Galbraith.



Website update – Part 1

I have decided to upgrade my website for my Week of Hustle!

In addition the new domain name is now instead of
On top of that I have decided to move to a new web hosting company.

The old web hosting company I have used for the past 3 years was They did great work,  professional and they were very solid. But, I have found another hosting company called that provides more specialized WordPress support and has some amazing features that makes my web work and life easier.

I found out about through word of mouth and I heard nothing but great things. They also only host WordPress sites, so if there is a WordPress related question they are very quick to help.

I have also used for close to half a year with my store’s website and a client’s website and have been very happy with them.

A feature I love  is the staging area. This genius idea creates a staging site or a what I call a test site with a simple click of a button.  So once the live site is ready just click on “Copy Live to Staging” button and this will create an exact clone of the live site with a staging sub domain. Use the test site  to test themes, styles, plugins and features to our heart’s content without the fear of doing any harm to our live site. Once happy with the results and everything works just click on the  “Copy Staging to Live” button.  

There is also their daily backup option which is nice to have because we can make backup points when we want and we can restore our backup points as well with a click of two buttons.  This feature has been very valuable to me as I admit that I am human and I do make mistakes.  In the past I had to ask a restore and that could be a slow down. cost is higher than but it has been worth every penny as they have many other premium features included.  I also found a coupon code for a huge discount. “Google: coupon code

One note though is that all WPEngine does is WordPress hosting.  So we are responsible for email service and the one I recommend is  They do email service and domain registration.  Very simple to sign up and I like how they do not try to up sell all the time like other companies.  One big benefit from having your site hosting and email service separate is that if the site is down we can still get our email and vice versa, although this has been very rare it is nice to know.

The theme for this website has changed to the Basis Theme from Theme Foundry. This company also made the Twenty Twelve theme which was the default theme for WordPress during the year 2012 and I have used it since. Theme Foundry’s themes are very clean, minimalist and load fast. I have worked with the company in the past and I know their support is top-notch and their code is clean and easy to use.

The new work portfolio for this site  will automatically use the larger images for the two most recent portfolio items and older items will use the smaller images. However I may change this so all the images are large.  This is something I am working on with the use of Justin Tadlock’s plugin Custom Content Portfolio.  It is still under construction so please do not mind the dust.

I  began a blog post to keep my progress and hopefully I can help shave a few hours of work off your day. I will keep you updated and please let me know your thoughts. Thank you for your time and have an amazing day! 🙂





Interesting Links of the day

Apple patents ‘desk-free’ computer with  laser-powered projector and wireless charging

Ripple Training on the latest FCPX 10.1 release

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.1 by Larry Jordan 

Unboxing the new Mac Pro (Video) by Peter Wiggins at

Final Cut X Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff

Free Winter Landscape |

Celebrate with Free Winter Landscape Template
Use this Free Final Cut template to create your own winter wonderland.

Use this template to spread your message of joy and love.
This template has the option for one drop zone or seven, background and ribbon colors are optional and stars and ribbon can be turned on or off.

More templates will be added so be sure to sign up for the newsletter for new template and module release updates!

I would like to send a warm thank you to Red Pepper Group for helping me with this project and also special thanks to Carlos Sousa for inspiration.

Free Winter Landscape |

Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff

New FREE template modules coming soon!

I am very excited to announce new Free Template Modules for Final Cut X and Motion 5.

These modules are of small animations that you can customize in FCPX and layer them to create a video.

I hope to make these as easy to use to possible so all that needs to be done is add the modules, add your own media, change the colors and then deliver!

First launch will include 7 modules, but more will be added to the collection. Please click on this link and sign up for release updates. 

Let me know what you think and what suggestions you may have. Thank you and have an amazing day!

Art Cool Free Stuff Tools Websites

What is design? Why is it important? – Hack Design

Hello and good day! I hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Today I want to share this design educational site that  goes into great detail about their philosophy in design along with real world examples and documentation backing up their philosophy.

I am a big fan of minimalist design and this site to me was perfect, plus it is FREE, which is a great plus for me.  I just completed the first lesson and I simply had to share it because that one lesson was so packed with information!

Please let me know what you think of this website and have an incredible day!

What is design? Why is it important? – Hack Design.

Art Cool

Amazing Work by Light House 3D | Visualization & Marketing

Here is a link to some simply amazing 3D renders by Light house 3D:

Light House 3D | Visualization & Marketing.


Flying around a web page with Apple Motion Tutorial

A very cool tutorial for you!

Today I found a very nice website called The Final Cut Pro Talent Registry. For starters this site allows Final Cut editors and potential employers to find each other, which I believe any website that helps creatives find work a great idea.

Inside of the website’s blog I found this great tutorial called “Flying around a web page” on how to easily fly your Motion camera around a web page using behaviors. Since the Web Video Template is so popular I thought this tutorial would be a big treat for many of you out there.

The presenter of this tutorial is Doug Suiter whom I believe is an excellent instructor. He has a nice pace and shares some great tips on how rock inside of Apple’s Motion Software.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I did and please let me know your thoughts on it. Thank you and have an amazing day! 🙂

Flying around a web page

The Final Cut Pro Talent Registry.

Cool Free Stuff

Download background music for your videos. For free

Special thank you for sharing this nice piece of information.

For anyone that is looking for free music for their video creations, Youtube has you covered.

Simply go the and preview the music by clicking on the play button and then download it by clicking the download arrow. If you just need to create a collection for a certain project make sure to use the star to add your songs to a favorite folder.

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I really like how easy it is to use and the quality of music is not bad at all.

Let me know what you think and happy editing! 🙂

YouTube Free Music.

Blender Free Stuff

Blender Demo Reel 2013

Check out the latest Demo Reel for the Free Open Source Software Blender. For anyone that is looking for a low budget software to create high end quality animations and compositing then I highly recommend they take a look at

It is free to download and use and there tons of free tutorials all throughout the web. Some of my favorite tutorials can be found at and CGCookie. Now go grab your free copy and make some movies! 🙂

Blender Demo Reel 2013 – YouTube.