Final Cut Pro X — Plugins / Templates

by Sight-Creations

Effects • Generators • Titles • Transitions




Motion Projects & 3D Models (required fonts included)

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Santa’s Sleigh and Rudolph

Show your holiday spirit and put yourself right in this 3D model with a special drop zone fit right into the scene. Great fun for your family and friends if you’re making video greeting “cards”. Especially for your kids!

Use a green screen of yourself, your kids, or use a pre-made green screen animation to place inside this model! Even when you animate the model, the “3D” drop zone stays in position making this product very easy to use. Just put it on the background of your choice.

Have a blessed holiday season! And just as importantly: HAVE FUN!

Sight-Creations Essentials

If you’ve been watching my videos on YouTube for the past few years (!), most, if not all, involve the use of several of these effects in every project! Development on these plugins began in early 2016 and have been being expanded all along. They are great fun to use! And the best part is: when you’ve got it down just like you like it — you can create an Effects Preset to save all the work for use in any other clip!

The bundled collection contains all of SC KeyFX, Highlighter, SC Video Fixers, S•C Retimer, and Grid. Everybody should have a decent grid, not only to use to line up things — but as an artistic addition ;).



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Give your video editor friends and family the gift of choice! Let them choose which templates to purchase with a gift card from

Over 180 to choose from!

Color Palette 2

Use an image or video to capture color palettes. There are many uses for color palettes. Color matching title designs with background images/videos, etc. In this video, I’m just looking for cool colors to recolor a red color I keyed out with SC KeyFX.


Get it here.

Image Reveals

Very versatile Title for Final Cut Pro. Use it for logo reveals, other images/videos. Includes optional text elements. Vertical bar “respects” extended text. This project was the result of a request on Apple Support Communities (ASC) FCPX forum…



Get it here.

Stranger Things Fly-Through Effect

This seems to be a popular effect and from what I’ve seen of the tutorials — why would you want to go that route when this effects preset is so much easier!! Just a double click to add it to any video clip! (Please be sure to read the details on the product page so you obtain the best results).

Fly-Through is an Effects Preset and does require the Highlighter effects set available here, and as time goes on, we will be adding more and more free pre-built effects based on it. These effects are easy enough to build yourself if you are familiar with layering effects as in photo-imaging applications and if you come up with something you really like, why not offer it here for others to download?

Highlighter is also included in our Sight-Creations Essentials bundle — it’s a terrific deal. Check it out!

Getting Started with Highlighter 2: Three animated text bugs in less than six minutes!

Highlighter was originally designed for Titles in Final Cut Pro X. It has grown very quickly to 24 plugins to allow you to quickly create custom effects right in Final Cut Pro X. No need to go into Motion. Refashion older templates and those designed by others!

This tutorial is a short, simple introduction into  applying Highlighter to a Basic Title to create three different text “bugs” (little bits of title that don’t qualify as Lower Thirds, or can appear anywhere on the screen).

  • Bug 1 is plain text that animates onto the screen at the lower left corner.
  • Bug 2 provides a background rounded rectangle that animates on with the text.
  • Bug 3 creates a text slide-in on the static rounded rectangle on the screen (with fade in/fade out).

It’s amazing what layer order can do! Watch and see for yourself!

Highlighter is bundled in Sight-Creations Essentials with SC KeyFX, S•C Retimer, SC Video Fixers and Grid. Save money by buying the bundle!

Customize how you “load” a drop zone with this easy approach

Take control of the drop zones in templates! Create the perfect starting point and ending point on any frame of your source clips!

The method is simple:

  1. Set a marker on the template drop zone at the exact frame you want your source clip to begin playing.
  2. Connect the source clip to the storyline and snap align it to the first frame of the template. (You can use In and Out points to define the clip).
  3. Move the playhead to the first frame of the source clip, select it, and type Option-F to create a “freeze frame”. (FCPX creates a secondary storyline!)
  4. Click the right edge of the freeze frame and drag it to the marker.
  5. Make a compound clip of the freeze frame and video clip and select its first frame for the drop zone.

The nice thing about this method: FCPX creates a secondary storyline when you create the freeze frame giving you a magnetic timeline. When you stretch out the time of the freeze frame, the video clip automatically moves with the edit for perfect positioning!

This tutorial is only 3 minutes long. Most other tutorials use a generator as a spacer requiring a little more work, plus you do not get the advantage of the optional still frame as a placeholder. Think about it.

Apple Watch DZ +

I made this 3D Model of the Apple Watch  several years ago, but used it with the San Francisco font. Licensing issues prevented me from releasing it and even though San Francisco is installed on all Macs after El Capitan, it can only be used under certain conditions and the version installed in the system has a different name from the developer’s font. Boring stuff. I finally removed San Francisco from these projects.

This is another bundled set of effects (generators): the Apple Watch model, Apple Watch Face (a running analog clock) and the “Activity Monitor”.

If you’re not interested in the 3D model, the Apple Watch Face generator and Activity Monitor generator are also sold separately.

Seeing is believing:

scKey Sharpen is just one effect included with SC KeyFX. It’s not even one of the Core effects — it is a support effect — and yet, it is incredibly powerful.

Digital cameras have a filter that removes moiré effects resulting in a softened, kind of faded appearance, especially if you have the camera set up with the recommendation of a medium contrast (fix it in software… or post, as they say.) The resulting image is never exactly as you remember it.

scKey Sharpen restores the clarity and depth of color you remember, quickly and easily. The three main blend modes are Overlay, Soft Light and Color Burn. Save these as Effect Presets for a simple double click restoration for your footage.


In focus:

Sight-Creations Essentials
Sight-Creations Essentials
SC KeyFX - amazing tools for FCPX
Highlighter Feature 1
Highlighter 2

About is the “storefront” for Sight-Creations (the d.b.a. for F. X. Mahoney a.k.a., “Fox” Mahoney) since Nov. 1, 2013. There are also galleries of some of my work, a few online tools like the Motion Template Backdater, and several blog entries. It’s difficult to have to do everything involved in maintaining this site on top of developing plugins and templates, so the blog entries are a little more sparse than I would like.

I have been creating Motion templates for Final Cut Pro since 2009, about 10 years. Many of the first templates I created for Final Cut Pro X were originally made for FCP 7!

I do not believe in creating “themed” assets — you know the type: 24 different variations of the same template for you to choose from. Why waste that much space on your hard drive? My templates are designed for a wide latitude of options so that you can create your own variation from (in most cases) a single template. I’m trying to save you time, not waste it by making pick and choose what will probably not be exactly what you want!

I am very involved in customer support. It is very important to me that you can use my products for what you need. If it is determined during support that you cannot use my templates, either from compatibility issues or they are “just not right for your needs” — I will refund your purchase. Support is on my Products menu!

My products are my only source of income. I deeply appreciate any purchase you make! Thank you so much! I would like to recommend that you do yourself a favor and purchase the Sight-Creations Essentials bundle, or at least, Highlighter 2. They will grow on you! The more you use them, the more valuable they will become. If this shop survives, I will be adding more Effects Presets which will be FREE! You’ll be helping yourself.

I hope you find what you’re looking for! Come back often!