Video editing and motion graphics software are powerful tools for content creators, but for many professionals the “secret sauce” to their creativity isn’t the host software, but rather the arsenal of third-party plugins added to the mix. But finding the right ones for your workflow can be a daunting and time-consuming task.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a one-stop shop for not only discovering new plugins, but giving them a test drive before making a purchase? As it turns out, one enterprising company has already made the dream of an “app store for plugins” a reality.

App store for plugins

FxFactory is the rare Mac application you’ll rarely need to launch. On the surface, it’s a storefront for pro video plugins from 28 different developers including Noise Industries, the brainchild behind the concept. The rest happens behind the scenes, with FxFactory responsible for installing and updating plugins for compatible host applications, including Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Adobe After Effects CC, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Not all plugins work with every host, and some are exclusive to FCPX—a welcome change, since rival Red Giant tends to favor Adobe.

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