Free Binocular & Scope Effects for FCPX

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What is this?

Have you ever visited VideoCopilot? It’s a great effects resource run by Andrew Kramer and he recently posted a scopes tutorial and the project files. I got to work and created free Final Cut Pro X scope and binocular effects with an authentic look and feel with 6 styles and 12 crosshairs. Remember, don’t shoot your eye out. 😉

Install and use

  1. Download and unzip the file.
  2. Move the unzipped folder “Stupid Raisins Glass” to Movies>Motion Templates>Titles.
  3. Restart Final Cut Pro X.
  4. In FCPX click on the Title browser.
  5. Select Stupid Raisins Glass category and then drag and drop an effect onto your clip.

Get more scopes, binoculars and cameras.

If you need something more customizable check out Ripple Training’s Optics effects. Optics is fantastic for creating first-person perspectives through different camera, scope and binocular lenses.

  • 14 different effects
  • Animate focus, position and scale
  • Add thermal and night vision effects
  • Animate scan lines, flicker and roll

If you have any questions, suggestions or use this in a video let me know in the comments below.
25 comments on “Free Binocular & Scope Effects for FCPX
  1. Mark Hewitt says:

    Awesome stuff…. Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Dylan says:

    I’m glad you like it. Did you find the Easter Egg? Have a Merry Christmas.

  3. kiminx says:

    can not work on FCP X 10.0.6

  4. Thomas says:

    Hello I just downloaded your plugin, but now I found out that I can not find the right folder to place it in. I simply can not find a folder called movies in FCPX.
    I just bought the program yesterday, so I have the latest version. Do you have an idea of ​​what to do, or you have a small youtube video showing me how to do?

  5. Danielle says:

    Hey Dylan
    Does this plugin work on FCPX 10.1.2?
    I have added the unzipped files to the Movies>MotionTemplates>Titles folder and I still cant seem to find them.
    I did create the Titles folder myself in Motion Templates, because there was only an Effects folder.
    Does that matter?

  6. Charlotte says:


    Does it work on 10.1.3? I can’t find the right folder…


    • Yes it does. What folder are you looking for?

      • Dan Friedmann says:

        I tried to install the plugin on FCP 10.1.3 and had to create Titles folder under “Movies/Motion Templates” and copied the plugin folder into the newly created Titles folder but FCP does not see it when I reopen the program. Thoughts?

        • Try deleting the Title folder you created. In FCPX, right click on a template that comes with FCPX and select Open in Motion.

          That should create a Titles folder. Then you can add this plugin folder.

          Does that help?

          • Dan says:

            When I tried to open a template in Motion, it said it was not installed. I checked the folder structure and it did not create the new folders. I ended up installing Motion and once I opened Motion it created the folder structure. I copied the files in there and voila! I’m in business. Thanks!

  7. Eric White says:

    Love the plugins

  8. PK says:

    I can’t get the plugins to show up in FCPX.

    I’m running 10.1.3.

    Not sure what to do in Motion to make them show up in FCPX.

    A play-by-play starting with opening Motion and getting the files in there first would be good.

  9. paul allen says:

    How do i add the effect in FCPX I’m using FCPX 10.2.2.

  10. paul allen says:

    When i click on Title Browser i don’t see the effects also when i went into Movies-Motion Browser i don’t see Titles also i don’t see Stupid Raisins Glass in Titles Section of FCPX I’m having a problem adding the effect to my project please help.

    • Hey Paul.

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble installing this effect. Let’s get this figured out.

      In the folder Movies>Motion did you create a Titles folder?

      • paul allen says:

        Thanks for getting back to me I’ve attached a snapshot of whats in the folder named Motion Templates i don’t think i made a Folder named Titles is that important when i tried to drag and drop the effect into fcpx it doesn’t look right.
        Hope you can help.

  11. Kenno says:

    dood so much respect, this is epic work and love the bb gun scope 😉

    I really appreciate that you have given this away for free to help others, peace.

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