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Andreas Kiel
X-FX Handler update
on Oct 23, 2017 at 5:04:38 pm

Some of you will know the app from a Rippletraining episode - for those who don't know the app or what it is good for:

X-FX Handler will extract the FX information (Motion Templates) out of the XML and list them. Usage of them for every clip (in a timeline) is listed. Same can be done for fonts as well. Latter is pretty helpful since FCPX will often enough replace missing fonts by “Helvetica” with a very small font size without notification.

There are 3 ways to use the application plus an extra option.

First get a list and then modify an existing XML (10.0.9 not recommended – 10.1.x or higher recommended).
The application scans the XML for any "effect" entry and the base settings.

The result will be listed in a table view showing what have been used how many times.
This information allows to get an overview of the FX used in your timeline which you won't have inside FCPX.

The application also allows the remove, disable and enable FX within the XML. The XML can be imported into FCPX again to have a copy of your original timeline with modified settings – might be helpful for reviewing versions.

Second usage is to create a report about the used Motion Templates (using the licensed version)
This will scan the XML for used templates only and check the availability and the details.
You can save the report either as formatted text or as a tab text file for import into a data base.

During launch the application will scan the actual FxFactory library (probably other engines will follow) for the available plugins. The launch therefore will take a like bit longer than expected for such a simple app.

Once the application is launched open a project fcpxml file by pressing cmd-O or just drag the the XML to the application's icon.

To check fonts used in effects you can just use the complete scan of the XML or extract fonts only.

The extra option will allow to create needed “Template Directories”. A common user error is to create those with wrong or missing extensions.
Using X-FX’s option to create those will ask for a password - you must be an administrator to use this option.

OS X 10.6 thru 10.13
XML 1.3 thru newest



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Jeff Kirkland
Re: X-FX Handler update
on Oct 23, 2017 at 9:06:10 pm

Thank you for the update. I don’t use this often but when you need it, it’s a life saver.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer & Cinematographer
Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland

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