One of the things that plagues corporate videographers like myself is interview footage. Most of the time you get some great little sound bites, but they are in between gaps of "uhhh"s and "ummmm"s that you have to cut out. You are then left with jump cuts. Historically that is where B-roll footage came in, to cover those gaps up. And that won't go away. You don't just want to watch a talking head. You want to see an example of what the subject is talking about.
But depending on how many jump cuts you have, it can get kind of impossible to have enough meaningful B-roll. So a lot of times when you have the ability, you have a second camera angle. That way you can cut to the wide profile shot or something similar and cut out the gap in speech.
But what if you didn't have a second camera angle?
Enter MotionVFX and mMorphCut, a plug in that morphs the small gap and makes the cut seem seamless. Now, this idea was brought about by Adobe in their latest version of Premiere Pro. When it was announced, I was tempted once again to leave FCPX and try Premiere Pro again because I knew I was going to need this tool almost every week with the work I do. But I enjoy woking in FCPX so much, and am much faster with it, that it was going to be tough to switch back to Premiere Pro. Then I thought, well I could take the footage, edit just the interview down in Premiere Pro with Morph Cuts, and then export it back to edit in FCPX. But that was going to be a lot of work.
You can imagine my elation when MotionVFX, my favorite Final Cut Pro and Motion 3rd Party developer, announced that they created a similar plugin for FCPX! It was released today. I bought it and it works fantastically! Now there are some caveats. If there are huge body or camera movements between the cuts, it will look weird. I tried it on a couple shots and the results weren't great. But I was going from a part of the shot where the subject's arms were folded to a part of the shot where they were unfolded. Obviously this won't work, but I wanted to try it anyway. But in my own tests where I was just cutting out a gap where they weren't speaking, or they were thinking, or just cutting out an "Ummm" - it worked fantastic!
Thanks Adobe for giving MotionVFX the idea to create this. It truly will change the way I edit.