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What is CommandPost?

In this video I’d like to show you a very cool free and open source Final Cut Pro workflow enhancer called CommandPost.

It helps integrate control surfaces with Final Cut Pro, but it also has a ton of other useful features.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorites.


Getting Started with CommandPost

CommandPost puts an icon in your menu bar where you can access the settings.

If I go to Preferences and then FCPX, you can see a lot of the options available to you.

Next I’ll click Scan Motion Templates and Command Post will go through all of my installed motion templates.


When I’m in FCPX, I can now hit a key command . . . Control - Spacebar and get a search window where I can search for anything in FCPX to access it.

It defaults to searching everything, but you can go across the top and constrain the search to different categories like Effects, Generators, Titles, Transitions . . . or even things like Fonts, Keyboard Commands, and Menus items.

When you find what you’re looking for, the keyboard command next to it will apply it, or simply click it to apply.

If you’re like me and have a ton of effects installed or often forget keyboard commands, this is the missing link for productivity in FCPX.


Final Cut Pro Overlays and HUD

Some other cool features in CommandPost include extra overlays available to you that you can turn on, like grids and movable guides.


There’s also a HUD with quick access to batch renaming, search, assignable buttons to keep all your favorite things handy, and even note taking and XML editing.


CommandPost Control Surface Integration

Let’s take a look at the control surface integration.

I’ll go to control surfaces.

Here you can see setup for everything from keyboard shortcuts to hardware from Tangent and Loupedeck and others, and even MIDI and Gamepad settings if you’d like to control Final Cut Pro that way.

I have my TourBox attached.

CommandPost allows me direct access to map all the different commands to the surface.

Here’s the killer feature -- below you can assign CommandPost commands for use on your control surface.

Click Select, search for what you’re looking for, select it, and now you have access to that on the surface itself.


CommandPost Toolbox - More Utilities

Fire up the Toolbox to see some further utilities that have been created by the CommandPost community.

Like the Sony Timecode Repair, which fixes the way Final Cut Pro incorrectly interprets timecode from Sony Cameras.

Or Titles - which allows you to update titles within a Final Cut Pro XML file, based on data from a CSV file.

This is a massive timesaver in a corporate or broadcast setting to save an editor from manually updating hundreds of graphics on multiple timelines.

I just scratched the surface of all the cool things CommandPost can do.

Go check it out today, it’s free & open source. If you find it useful, support the developers so more great features get added.

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CommandPost FAQ

How does CommandPost enhance Final Cut Pro?

CommandPost integrates with Final Cut Pro to streamline editing workflows. It offers custom shortcuts, automated tasks, and additional features not found in the base software. This enhancement leads to faster, more efficient video editing.

What unique features does CommandPost offer for Final Cut Pro users?

CommandPost introduces several unique features. These include advanced color grading tools, customizable touch bar support, and automated clip labeling. These features are designed to simplify and speed up the video editing process.

Is CommandPost compatible with all versions of Final Cut Pro?

CommandPost is regularly updated to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of Final Cut Pro. However, it might not support very old versions of the software. Users are encouraged to check the compatibility details on the CommandPost website.

How do I install CommandPost?

To install CommandPost, download the installer from the official website and follow the on-screen instructions. The process is straightforward and designed for easy user experience.

Can I customize CommandPost to suit my editing style?

Yes, CommandPost offers extensive customization options. Users can create their own shortcuts, configure the touch bar, and adjust the interface to match their editing style.

Are there any tutorials available for new CommandPost users?

CommandPost provides a range of tutorials on their website. These cover basic installation, feature usage, and advanced editing techniques, making it easy for new users to get started.

How does CommandPost improve editing speed in Final Cut Pro?

CommandPost enhances editing speed by automating repetitive tasks and offering shortcuts. This reduces the time spent on manual editing and streamlines the overall workflow.

Is there a community or forum for CommandPost users?

There is an active online community for CommandPost users. This includes forums and social media groups where users can share tips, ask questions, and discuss features.

Does CommandPost offer technical support?

CommandPost provides technical support through their website. Users can submit support tickets or consult the FAQ section for common issues.

Are there any costs associated with using CommandPost?

CommandPost is a free tool, but donations are welcomed to support ongoing development and maintenance. Users can contribute via the official website to help fund future enhancements and updates.

About the Author

Joseph Nilo has been working professionally in all aspects of audio and video production for over twenty years. His day-to-day work finds him working as a video editor, 2D and 3D motion graphics designer, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and colorist for corporate projects and feature films.