Automatic Duck Xsend Motion for FCPX: Building Bridges, The Good Kind


At NAB 2016 during the FCP Exchange event, Wes Plate of Automatic Duck made a lot of Final Cut Pro X editors and Motion 5 artists very, very happy. He announced the development of a new product from the Duck – a product that effectively builds a bridge between Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

FCPX and Share Menu


It was a feature that Final Cut Pro 7 editors would remember – and they were disappointed when that feature simply disappeared from FCPX. Well, Automatic Duck has brought that capability back with its new plug-in. And as of yesterday, it’s shipping!

Here’s the announcement. Go check it out.

People talk of building bridges. This one’s for real, and it’s a good one!




Automatic Duck Ships Xsend Motion for Final Cut Pro X

Automatic Duck Xsend Motion Builds a Bridge from Final Cut Pro X to Motion 5;  Instantly Recreates FCPX Timeline as a Motion 5 Project

SEATTLE, WA (June 1, 2016) –  Automatic Duck (, the original creators of timeline translation software for filmmakers, editors and motion graphics artists, announced today the immediate availability of its new timeline translation application for Final Cut Pro X editors and Apple Motion artists; Xsend Motion.

Automatic Duck Xsend Motion made its debut at the FCP Exchange Workshop ( during the NAB 2016 conference in April, where president and co-founder Wes Plate demonstrated how Xsend Motion instantly converts XML from Final Cut Pro X to a Motion 5 project, building a long-desired bridge between the two applications.

Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, videographer, editor, trainer and writer based in the Bay Area where he produces Final Cut Pro X and Motion-related training and plugins with his partners at Ripple Training. He is also an Apple-certified Master Trainer, consultant for corporations and individuals and is the author of a half-dozen books on motion graphics and editing. Mark participated in the beta program for Xsend Motion and had this to say about it:

“Automatic Duck Xsend Motion is a godsend for Final Cut Pro X editors who use Motion to add motion graphics and visual effects to their videos. Finally, there is a simple way to get your edited clips, complete with temp effects, titles, and transitions, into Motion!”

Steven Galvano is an independent film producer and operator of Colors Studios in Rochester, New York. Steven’s work includes an extensive roster of short film and video projects, national ads, narrative short film projects, and feature length documentaries shot all over the world. Steven is a long-time Automatic Duck customer, and has been using Xsend Motion as well.

“Automatic Duck saved our lives – and dozens of post hours – during a documentary feature we produced nearly 10 years ago. Now that we are producing content at the screaming pace that episodic TV demands, we’re thrilled to have Automatic Duck back for FCPX and Motion. It’s proven itself once again to be a no-compromise time-saver, and one of the most valuable tools in our bag.”

Xsend Motion reads XML exports, or is able to process projects directly from the Final Cut Pro X Share menu. Xsend Motion is also able to translate clip transforms, speed changes, and many third party filters.

For more information on Automatic Duck Xsend Motion, please visit

Pricing and Availability

Automatic Duck Xsend Motion is available immediately and is priced at $99.00 USD. Customers who purchase before June 8, 2016 receive a discounted price of $79.00 USD.  Xsend Motion is available for sale through FxFactory and can be purchased by visiting

Additional Products from Automatic Duck

Last fall, Automatic Duck made its re-introduction to the community with two new products; Automatic Duck Ximport AE and Automatic Duck Media Copy.  Both products are available for sale, and supported exclusively through Red Giant. To purchase or learn more, please visit

Automatic Duck Ximport AE

Automatic Duck Ximport AE builds a powerful bridge between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe After Effects CC. As more professionals experiment with and adopt Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, the need has increased for a robust translation to After Effects CC. Automatic Duck Ximport AE is an After Effects plug-in that reads XML files from FCPX 10.1.2 and later directly into After Effects CS6 and later.

Automatic Duck Ximport AE is available from Red Giant and is priced at  $199.

Automatic Duck Media Copy

Automatic Duck Media Copy is an update to the popular utility that adds support for FCPX XML files. Automatic Duck Media Copy reads AAF or OMF exports from Avid editing systems, XML files from Final Cut Pro 7 and earlier, or XML files from Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 and later, then it figures out which media files are referenced by the sequence(s) and copies those media files to a location the user specifies.

Automatic Duck Media Copy is available from Red Giant and is priced at  $99.

About Automatic Duck

Automatic Duck is a father and son team; we are editors, filmmakers, engineers, software developers and we are lucky enough to be a part of an amazing community of artists. We develop software products that make lives simpler. Our timeline translation software has been used by tens of thousands of people – from filmmakers, indies, editors, VFX artists and on everything from major motion pictures to indie films to television commercials. Learn more at




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