A CSV Text Data Plugin for FCPX/Motion 5

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This is a small plugin for FCPX/Motion 5 that will allow you to import a CSV file to create text plates for things like slates, lower thirds, and titles.

FCPX continues to be a work in progress and I have the same reaction as most people. Seems powerful, but where’s x, y, and z? In the short term we seem to have lost a lot of data in xml transfers so I was looking for a way to populate slates in my projects without a lot of typing and this seemed to fit the bill.

This is the first public release so don’t use it in sensitive production projects until the plugin is battle tested because the project format for arbitrary data seems somewhat fragile and it seems easier to corrupt FCPX project files then you would ever find ideal. I’ve got a list of features as well as bugs to file and if there is interest this might become a useful production plugin, so please help me by trying it out and reporting any problems you might find. This will only work in the latest version of FCPX 10.4 and above.

Revision History
06-09-12 1.0 Initial Public Release
06-14-12 1.1 30% Speed increase by using GLSL/FBO for Quartz Composer composite, stability fixes

Creative Workflow Hacks CSV Text Plugin 1.1.pkg


  1. Hi Dale,
    I just tried to install the CSV Text plugin 1.1 pkg, but the installer reported a failure upon installation. I am running, os x 10.8.2, fcpx 10.0.6.

    I am developing a service where sport participants at a tournament are recorded and posted with scores on youtube. Currently working with the Icelandic Gymnastics Association in Iceland (Fimleikasamband ├Źslands). There are other associations asking me for adapted versions, but since I am doing everything by hand at the moment, I am in dire need of a solution like the one you have posted.
    Could I ask for help in the form of a plugin such as the one you have posted?

    best regards
    Thorvardur Godi

  2. admin said

    Hey Thorvardur,

    Sorry for the delay, but your comments slipped through my spam filter. Can you give me the error message generated from your install? We can move some things in place manually if necessary.


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