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Watch a brief demo showing Shot Notes X in action. See how quick and easy the workflow is to take notes from location or logging directly into Apple's Final Cut Pro X.

Shot Notes X

Shot Notes X 1.0.11 New Features:

  • • Import Movie Slate XML
  • • Import ScriptE XML
  • • Add Roles to clips
  • • Add Camera name to clips
  • • Create an event for each scene and move the clips into that event
  • • For RED Clips only need the first 9 characters to match
  • • For ARRI Clips only need the first 8 characters to match
  • Shot Notes X, is a simple application that takes a file of notes and other metadata in the form CSV file that follows a specific format. This CSV can be created in a variety of spreadsheet apps, exported from various on set script supervision apps, and Shot Notes X provides a template CSV. Shot Notes X combines this data with clips from a Final Cut Pro XML, into a new Final Cut Pro Event with complete metadata. In Final Cut Pro the metadata is completely searchable via the Final Cut Pro search tools, and is available in the list view allowing editors to quickly find the shot using their notes.

    Use your favorite spreadsheet app to take notes on location or while watching dailies, then use Shot Notes X to bring those notes into Final Cut Pro.


    • • Matches notes with the Final Cut Pro XML data either by file name, Final Cut Pro's clip name, or timecode
    • • Adds scene and take metadata
    • • Renames clips using scene and take metadata
    • • Adds keywords (multiple keywords supported up to 10 per shot)
    • • Adds Favorite or Reject to clips
    • • Adds camera angle metadata
    • • Adds note metadata
    • • Combines two sets of notes into a single note added to the final clip
    • • Both sets of notes are available as custom metadata fields in the Inspector
    • • Supports synchronized clips created in Final Cut Pro X or 3rd party apps. Takes metadata from the pre-synced parent video clip and applies that metadata to the sync clips. (currently only supports the video clip for matching)
    • • Export a list of clips with common metadata from your XML that can be opened in spreadsheet apps to aid in logging
    • • Export a template shot log to take notes in while on set

    Download a template CSV

    Example Spread Sheet

    Final Cut Pro Clip Name Scene Take Note 1 Note 2 Keywords Camera Angle myScene myTake Ext: Night best take. Circle Take, wide shot, best B
    The results in Final Cut Pro 10 would be a shot named myscene-myTake with the metadata added to the shot and a combine note of "Ext. Night | the best take".

    System Requirements

    Mac OSX 10.9 or higher 64-bit processor. Final Cut Pro 10.0.6 or higher using fcpxml version 1.2 or higher

    Educational Pricing

    Shot Notes X is eligible for educational pricing through The Mac App Store

    * Final Cut Pro® and Quicktime® are a trademarks and or copyrights of Apple Inc.
    * RED and RED Cine-X are trademarks and or copyrights of RED.

    No Longer for Sale In Japan

    Due to changes in Japan's tax laws, Shot Notes X is not longer for sale in Japan.