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FxFactory Pro


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An unrivaled arsenal of Visual Effects tools for Mac.

Toolfarm Top 10 2018FxFactory includes scads of fabulous filters, elegant effects, and easy-to-use generators. What really makes FxFactory Pro unique though, is the option to design your own plug-ins to your specifications, customizing them to your needs for multiple hosts: Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and After Effects…. all without knowing how to create a single line of code!

FxFactory powers a vast collection of visual and audio effects plugins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. The FxFactory application offers an elegant and convenient way to browse our products.


Hardware Acceleration

Get unbeatable previewing and rendering performance with GPU accelerated FxFactory Pro effects!


FxFactory Pro plug-ins ship with many built-in presets, a time-saving feature to try new looks with minimal effort.

Save your own presets to disc and recreate the same look later. In fact, you can use presets created in one host in all other supported hosts.

Unique Features

FxFactory Pro is the first visual effects package that lets you customize and create your own plug-ins for Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects without writing a single line of code.

In fact, the same powerful tools that allowed us to build FxFactory Pro plug-ins are available to you. In other words, create plug-ins that are specific to your projects, share them easily with other users.

One License, Multiple Hosts

A single license to FxFactory Pro unlocks its powerful plug-ins in all supported hosts: Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

FxFactory 7: What’s New for Premiere Pro Users

FxFactory 7 brings benefits in performance and usability to our plugins in all video apps, with a special focus on Premiere Pro. As with all new versions of FxFactory, this is a free update.

  • FxFactory 7 is a free update for all users running macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.
  • Performance and UI improvements in all video apps.
  • Blazing fast renders in Premiere Pro CC 2018 or later. To explain, FxFactory uses the Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration via OpenCL or Metal.


Its high-precision rendering engine supports more than 8 bits per component. This guarantees the highest quality when effects are applied to digital media with film-like resolution and color fidelity.

Try It for Free

The trial version of FxFactory Pro is included with the free FxFactory installer. All effects will be yours to play with.

The Mercury Playback Engine in Premiere Pro

All recent versions of Premiere Pro provide GPU acceleration through the Mercury Playback Engine. Most recent graphics cards are supported, while a “Software Only” setting remains available as a fallback for those days when the graphics hardware seems not to be cooperating.

On the Mac, Premiere Pro currently supports GPU acceleration via OpenCL or Metal, two of the most widely adopted graphics technologies on the platform. To view and change the current Mercury Playback Engine setting, look under the File menu for the Project → General command:

Premiere Pro Mercury Engline

GPU Acceleration options are available near the top of the Project Settings window, under the General → Video Rendering and Playback section:

FxFactory settings

OpenCL is the default setting on most configurations, as it currently provides the best balance between performance and compatibility with the widest variety of third-party products. If you are currently running macOS 10.12 Sierra, we recommend OpenCL as it happens to provide the best performance as well, i.e. the quickest renders.

Less time for coffee?

FxFactory 7 supports GPU acceleration through Metal as well. Metal is Apple’s newest graphics technology, and if your system is running macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Premiere Pro CC 2018, Metal will give you the best performance. Unfortunately, few other third-parties outside FxFactory support Metal GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro, and you may have to factor those other plugins into your decision. No matter what tools you depend on, either OpenCL or Metal will provide a great boost to your workflow. While we observed a 5-10% advantage of Metal over OpenCL on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, both GPU acceleration options are up to 10x faster than “Software Only”.

Does my Mac support Metal?

Most of our products become GPU accelerated in Premiere Pro simply by upgrading to FxFactory 7, at no extra cost. Some will demonstrate a more dramatic jump in performance than others, such as our Wipology transitions.

Mercury Engine GPU acceleration is supported on Premiere Pro CC 2017 version 11.1 or later. We highly recommend Premiere Pro CC 2018 as it provides better performance, better compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and is is a free update for all Creative Cloud users.

Mercury GPU acceleration in After Effects

The most recent version of After Effects has allowed third-parties to tap into the GPU accelerated pipeline provided by the Mercury Engine. All graphics cards shipped by Apple in recent years are supported. FxFactory enables additional GPU acceleration for our plugins via both OpenCL and Metal.

Mercury GPU acceleration is enabled by default in After Effects. To switch graphics technology, look under the File menu for the Project Settings command:

fxfactory ae settings

GPU options are the very first available in the Project Settings window, under Video Rendering and Effects:

fxfactory ae render settings

We recommend that you choose Mercury GPU Acceleration (Metal) on all Macs running macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.14 Mojave, as it provides the best performance. OpenCL currently provides the best balance between performance and compatibility for those still running macOS 10.12 Sierra.

Does my Mac support Metal?

Most of our products will take advantage of Mercury GPU acceleration in After Effects simply by upgrading to FxFactory 7.1, at no extra cost. After Effects CC 2019 version 16.0 or later is required.




Version 10.14.6 Mojave
Version 10.15 Catalina
Version 11 Big Sur on Apple and Intel CPU
FCPXFinal Cut Pro
Version 10.4 (or later)
Supports visual and audio plugins
Version 5.4 (or later)
Supports visual effects plugins
Premiere ProPremiere Pro
Version 12 (or later)
Supports visual and audio plugins
Adobe After EffectsAfter Effects
Version 15 (or later)
Supports visual effects plugins
Adobe AuditionAudition
Version 11 (or later)
Supports audio plugins
Logic ProLogic Pro
Version 10.3 (or later)
Supports audio plugins
Garage BandGarageBand
Version 10.1 (or later)
Supports audio plugins
Davinci ResolveDaVinci Resolve
Version 12 (or later)
Supports audio plugins
Avid Pro ToolsPro Tools
Version 12.6 (or later)
Supports audio plugins
Avid Media ComposerMedia Composer
Version 12 (or later)
Supports audio plugins

FxFactory requires AMD, ATI, NVIDIA or Intel HD graphics. A graphics card with at least 512MB of VRAM is highly recommended.

Mercury Engine GPU acceleration is available through OpenCL and Metal in Premiere Pro version 11.1 or later and After Effects CC 2019.

For older versions of FxFactory

Please install FxFactory 7.1.7 if your system is still running macOS High Sierra.

Please install FxFactory 7.1.2 if your system is still running macOS Sierra.

Please install FxFactory 6.0.5 if your system is still running OS X 10.11 El Capitan.


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Customer Reviews

It's a must have for Final Cut Pro

Seemingly limitless variety of effects. Works great in FCP and AE. Makes it easy to try out new products from other FXPlug vendors before purchasing.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: James Scott
Date: April 14, 2012

Earns the Microfilmmaker Magazine's Award of Superiority

Noise Industries is truly setting the bar in plug-in management and versatility. While there are other plug-in producers and certainly other excellent products, the level of quality displayed by NI and their development partners in the FX Factory plug-in management software is definitely making Noise Industries the one to beat. Having personally used NI and their development partners products for several years now, the most impressive thing to me is the level of dedication that they expend towards making their users' lives easier. This means help files, tutorials, explanations and product usability.

Combined with reasonable pricing, it’s tough to go wrong. I fully recommend downloading the demos and taking it out for a spin. The only problem you’ll have is trying to fully explore the bounty of excellence at your fingertips within the 15 day trial period.

Read the full review of FX Factory Pro 2.0.9 by Mark Bremmer at Microfilmmaker Magazine, October 1, 2009

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jeremy Hanke
Date: April 05, 2012

FxFactory 7.2.3 This version delivers general improvements to all users and better performance when rendering in Premiere Pro
FxFactory 7.2.1 This version delivers bug fixes, better performance and improved support for macOS 11 Big Sur Beta.
FxFactory 7.2 This version delivers bug fixes and preliminary support for macOS Big Sur Beta
FxFactory 7.1.8  This version delivers improvements and bug fixes for all users.
FxFactory 7.1.7  This version delivers improvements and bug fixes for all users and adds full Catalina compatibility.
FxFactory 7.1.6  This version improves compatibility with After Effects 2020 and Premiere Pro 2020 and brings improvements for all users.
FxFactory 7.1.4 This version adds Catalina Beta Compatibility.
FxFactory 7.1.3 This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.

FxFactory 7.1.2 This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.
Last version to support macOS Sierra.

FxFactory 7.1.1 This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.

FxFactory 7.1 brings Mercury GPU acceleration and 32-bit float color support to our most popular plugins for After Effects.  Our effects render more than twice as fast in After Effects CC 2019. This free update improves performance in Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro as well.

FxFactory 7.0.8 This version improves support for Final Cut Pro 14.4.4 and Motion 5.4.2.

FXFactory 7.0.6 This version introduces support for macOS 10.14 Mojave.

FxFactory 7.0 This version introduces OpenCL and Metal GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro CC 2017 and CC 2018, better support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and numerous UI and performance enhancements for plugins running in Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects. First version to require macOS Sierra 10.12 or later. Mercury Engine GPU acceleration requires Premiere Pro CC version 11.1 or later.

FxFactory 6.0.4 This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.

FxFactory 6.0.3  This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.

FxFactory 6.0.2  This version delivers bug fixes and improvements for all users.

FxFactory 6.0.1 This version delivers official support for After Effects CC 2017 and Premiere Pro CC 2017.

FxFactory 6.0 This version delivers official support for OS X El Capitan macOS Sierra Version 10.11 and 10.12

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