FxFactory has a new Yanobox plug-in that works with Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and Motion. It’s called Mosaic and it turns your footage in dynamic mosaics. As with Nodes, Yanobox’s other plug-in, you’ll be creating a truly magnificent composite with Mosaic.
The Kingluma Radiance plug-in is an FxFactory product that lets you add glows and rays as an effect and in transitions. Before trying out this plug-in, I had never realised you could have so many different variations in glow and ray effects!
mDoubleExposure is a compositing plug-in for Final Cut Pro X that gives you the ability to create multiple masks by overlaying videoclips on top of each other. Due to the granular control this plug-in offers, you can achieve dazzling effects.
Xsend to Motion solves a problem that has been bugging Final Cut users since Final Cut Pro X was first released. You can’t send a sequence or timeline to Motion, create a composite and replace your original clip with the composited one. For all of its power and XML savviness, Final Cut Pro X simply doesn’t support that out of the box. The people at Automatic Duck have now succeeded at developing an app that lets you do it anyway. It’s a huge step forward, but it’s not a seamless integration.
Transitions are boring unless you spice them up with special effects. The trouble with special effects, however, is that they usually make you nauseous or are cheesy at best. Few movies made by professionals therefore use more than the two least spectacular transitions: the cut — the abrupt scene change — and the dissolve. Hawaiki has come up with a way to make dissolves — by far the most commonly used transition of them all — more interesting, sexy even. They’ve turned that into a Final Cut Pro X plugin: Super Dissolve.
I reviewed Rampant Design’s stuff a couple of years ago, when 4K was still a dream. Today, Rampant Design has a huge collection of 2K, 4K and 5K clips that can be used as effects. I tried a large random selection, including the muzzle flashes and smoke. If you’re still working with HD, the Rampant Design’s effect clips are even more effective as they are fully scalable and can be transformed and moved around at will.
MotionVFX already had Simple Callouts for Final Cut Pro X. Now they also have mCallouts Tech, a more technically inspired set of callouts. Both products are based on mocha Pro tracking functionality. Because of that, the mCallouts Tech reminded me of CoreMelt’s TrackX capabilities, but there’s a difference: mCallouts is limited to one purpose, but better at that.
Funtextic helps you create dynamic 3D titles fast and with minimal effort in Final Cut Pro X. But if you want to have total control over the end-result, there’s nothing to prevent you from tampering with a dazzling array of parameters, including the Final Cut Pro X 3D text settings themselves.
CoreMelt added yet another plug-in to its mocha planar tracking product range: DriveX. The new plug-in is available as a separate product or in a bundle with SliceX and TrackX. With DriveX added to the bundle, CoreMelt now delivers planar tracking technology to create masks and tracks right inside Final Cut Pro X for every possible purpose, including some pretty spectacular compositing.