Final Cut Pro X: Flicker

This is a simple flicker effect for Final Cut Pro X. The Controls are really simple, You have the “Opacity Amount”, at 100% it goes from fully opaque to completely transparent, if you lower the amount from 100% you get an effect that does not quite turn off but just partially see through.

Flicker Effect Controls
 
The Flicker Amount allows you to adjust is it every frame or every 2 frames, sadly the way the parameters are rigged, you can’t change the on and off like in FCP7, hopefully I will figure out a way to do that at a later time and update this. But I have found if you play with this you can adjust it to get the effect you want.
 
Wave Shape and Oscillate Phase are advanced features that will change the way the flicker works. By default the square shape allows the image to be either on or off, nothing in between unless you se the opacity level, it only has 2 states. But if you change it to sine, sawtooth or triangle you can create a different effect to the flicker. The Oscillate Phase will allow you to adjust the way the effect starts this is more to change the effect from a starting point if you change the wave shape from square to something else.
 
This effect works great on layered video to great a cool transition, just set up your timeline like this:
 

 

You can also do it over black or in your primary storyline to create a flicker to and from black.

If anyone has any questions just let me know.

46 thoughts on “Final Cut Pro X: Flicker

  1. Hi there- this flicker effect is exactly what i’m looking for- could you please tell me how to install it in Final Cut Pro X thanks?

  2. To install expand the ZIP archive and add the folder to the Motion Templates folder in the Movies folder of your home directory. Add Effects to the Effects folder and Transitions to the Transition Folder.

  3. All the effects that I have created, require the latest version of Final Cut Pro X. To install expand the ZIP archive and add the folder to the Motion Templates folder in the Movies folder of your home directory. Add Effects to the Effects folder and Transitions to the Transition Folder.

  4. i put it in movie folder in motions but its still not coming up in final cut
    what do you mean by add effects to effects folder

  5. i got motion now how do i add the effect to FCX..i put it in the motions effect folder and its still not working!

  6. i dont understand adding effects to effects and transitions to transitions folders… those folders arent in the downloaded zip folder

  7. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for your reply. It finally made me get up and create installers for all of my effects. If you come back to the page, you can download the new installer so you dont have to figure out where to install it at.

  8. God bless you bro, I understand all what you said, what i did was i applied your flicker/blink effect then added some blinking light to it. People just need to learn stuffs sometimes after having t for free. god bless you and you da best bro

  9. Hey bro,
    Thx for plug-in Fliker i downloaded but i tried to adjust the key frame on FC x i didnt get the effects i want was too slow blinking and not fast like the music video u made i need help to know what i did wrong.
    Thx in advanve

  10. Thank you Mike for this,I’m using it in my project…just that if the speed could have been faster beyond 100…some drum beats could have been more justified but thanks for this gift…..

  11. Hello, can this effect be used to fix a flicker problem i.e. de-flicker? FCP X has lost both de-flickering and de-interlacing options.
    Thanks for ideas

  12. Can you post a video or screen shots on how to get it to show in Final Cut Pro X. Im still trying to figure out how to do it.

  13. Can you post a video or screen shots on how to get it to show in Final Cut Pro X. Im still trying to figure out how to do it.

  14. Helo.

    This whas the greatest thing ever! But The amount is already max. And you cant do it quicker ?? or can u 😉 ??

  15. THANK YOU! This is exactly what i’ve been looking for! I have one question tho, can it go any faster? and how can i sync it to the beat of the music…

  16. Thank you so much for this tool! Is it possible to increase the speed up to a stroboscope effect?

  17. Hello,

    Is it right that the plug-in doesn’t work on the latest version of FCPX? I’m running on OSX Mavericks. My mac can’t run the downloaded program, when i dubble click nothing happens. Thank you

  18. Thanks so much for this. I can drag the layer to my image, but I don’t have any controls for it.

  19. Hi, I’ve downloaded the plugin however you mentioned it needs to be added to Motion folder.. where is that? I only have FCx.. any help would be great. thanks.

  20. Fantastic! Sometimes only does a slow flicker that doesn’t change with the speed adjustment but works 80% – 90% of the time. Have a burger on me this will save no end of hassle. Cheers!

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