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mRevealer - 50 Multifunctional Revealers Built Exclusively for FCPX
Posted by Szymon Masiak
April 28, 2016, at 11:07 AM

Every editor knows the difficulty of working under the pressure of time. Sometimes we just have little time to polish every aspect of our project, leave alone creating custom openers, logo and typography animations and footage transitions. We have to use third-party plugins and outside sources to make our edit interesting and engaging, but those are often complicated, slow to render and expensive.

At MotionVFX we understand all those things better than anyone else, because we are editors ourselves and we've been creating VFX plugins for years. We put all our experience into creating mRevealer as well. This plugin is an awesome life-saver when it comes to creating and animating revealing animations of all sorts. Whenever a quick bump with typography, logo or video is needed, mRevealer comes in handy with a stylish and modern collection of 50 diversified ready-made animations.

Created to be absolutely universal, mRevealer lets you make a stunning spot with your text, logo or any footage by just drag and drop action - all within seconds. We also made its design very modern and minimalistic to keep all the attention on what is the most important element - your text, logo or video. Creating entertaining interludes, openers, transitions or inset footage views has never been easier than now. Get a copy of mRevealer and make your work faster and more efficient!

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A look at the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Panel.
Posted by Maciej
April 21, 2016, at 8:55 AM

Some very interesting ideas have circulated the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot motion picture panel. The crew, who had previously used Final Cut Pro while working on the motion picture Focus, decided to once more use Final Cut Pro X and was extremely pleased with the results.
Michael Cioni set the context for the Whiskey Tango Workflow panel presentation by talking about several aspects of how using FCPX can change the philosophy of editing.

Michael focused on metadata, and interestingly pointed out how in FCPX an advanced database sits on top of the editor and not vice versa allowing for much faster and more advanced searches.
Michael also mentioned the ability to work with the original negative control rather than using a proxy and the ability to automatically receive log files and add delut logs automatically, as well as the option to work with hero sound rather than using a mux track or a mixdown. Previews are also possible with the o-neg allowing for a much larger fidelity in the rough cut.

Coming back to the panel itself, the key thing mentioned, was again the ability to use metadata to speed up the workflow. For example, being able to name microphones with the names of characters and later using that data in FCPX allowed the crew to edit sound in a much more efficient way.
The crew was also able to take the script supervisor data from scripts and bring it in as metadata, allowing it to be searchable by comments, angles and various other criteria, and then transfer the data to FCPX using xml.

An interesting point was made that with the amount of content shot daily with digital cameras nowadays, being able to effectively search for data is essential to the workflow, allowing for much better creative control.

Using FCPX allowed the team to save six weeks of time by quickly editing on the set and translating the data to the editing room, without constantly waiting for assembly from editors and avoiding the usual stress when the results are not what is intended. The most important piece of metadata which is the director’s intention is readily available, all of which makes editing much more efficient. Working with FCPX allowed the crew to finish dailies quickly and efficiently, judgments could be made quickly on the set. Well ahead of setting for post production, the visual effects workflow had been figured out.

Using FCPX made it possible for the crew to smoothly express their creative freedom, and to finish the film under the budget, thanks the flexibility in making changes and editing. Bottom line from the crew, FCPX is better because it allows you to spend a lot less time actually editing.

Source: Vimeo

Immersive VR and 360 Video Editing Tools will be available for Premiere Pro CC for Mac this summer.
Posted by Maciej
April 14, 2016, at 10:17 PM

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe announced some interesting new features coming to Creative Cloud, expected to be made available in the coming months.
Most notably, Adobe has announced VR workflows focusing on immersive VR and 360 video experiences. Scheduled for an "early summer" release, the CC platform updates will bring new VR capabilities to Adobe's flagship video editor, in the form of a "field of view" mode that allows editors to work with imported spherical stitched video and see what a viewer would see when looking in a given direction.

The new mode will allow users to dynamically switch between monoscopic, stereoscopic and anaglyph frame layouts, freely reposition the viewing angle across 360 degrees while editing, and export video with VR tags so that video players like YouTube automatically recognize it.

Adobe also announced a new workflow that enables editors to begin editing during "ingest" while importing video and audio in the background, as well as new proxy workflows for working with high resolution formats including 8K, HDR and HFR media.

Additionally, Adobe is expanding Premier Pro's Lumetri color correction toolkit, which should give editors finer control when isolating and adjusting specific colors using HSL secondaries. New navigational keyboard shortcuts, an added Twitter export option, and extra captioning and titling features are also part of the forthcoming update.

Many other apps in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite are also set to benefit from the new release. After Effects CC will receive a new audio and video preview engine, as well as new GPU-accelerated Gaussian Blur and Lumetri Color effects. Audition CC will have a new Essential Sound panel for simpler mixing and preset saving, and also adding a quick export option to let editors send video projects with finished audio directly to Adobe Media Encoder. Character Animator CC will have a new puppet tag panel enabling users to apply multiple motion trigger behaviors to video, track puppets in the field of view and quickly switch between facial profiles. Adobe Stock CC will have tighter integration with Adobe's suite of apps and a new filtered and tagged search system.

With the advent of VR and popularity of 360 videos, it will be interesting to see the new tools in action. It also opens the question whether Apple should introduce similar features in Final Cut Pro X. Do you think such features would be a welcome addition to FCPX ?


Blackmagic Design’s Fusion 8 available to both Mac and PC
Posted by Maciej
April 10, 2016, at 8:21 PM

Blackmagic Design announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, one of the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
It is worth noting that Fusion 8 has come to the Mac for the first time, making high end visual effects available to even more users. Additionally, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions of Fusion so customers can work on the platform of their choice.
Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphics tools for over 25 years, and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Sin City, Game of Thrones, Matrix: Reloaded, the Hunger Games trilogy, Battlestar Galactica, and more.Utilizing a node based interface, Fusion makes it extremely easy to build sophisticated visual effects compositions very quickly.
Nodes are small icons that represent effects, filters and other image processing operations that can be connected together in any order to create unlimited visual effects. Nodes are laid out logically like a flow chart, so customers won’t waste time hunting through nested stacks of confusing layers with filters and effects. Unlike timeline based applications, it’s easy to see and adjust any part of a project in Fusion by simply clicking on a node.

Fusion also has a massive toolset consisting of hundreds of built in tools, allowing customers to pull keys, track objects, rotoscope, retouch images, animate titles, create amazing particle effects and much more, all in a true 3D workspace. The software can also import 3D models, point cloud data, cameras or even entire 3D scenes from Maya, 3ds Max or Lightwave and render them seamlessly with other elements. Deep pixel tools can be used to add volumetric fog, lighting and reflection mapping of rendered objects using world position passes so customers can create amazing atmospheric effects that render in seconds, instead of hours.

Fusion 8 is available in two versions, Fusion 8 for Mac and Windows is free for customers and is now available to download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Fusion 8 Studio for Mac and Windows is available now from US$995. Fusion Studio has all of the same features as the free version, but also adds advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilization. Fusion Studio also includes support for third-party OpenFX plugins, unlimited distributed network rendering, and Generation for studio wide multi user collaboration to track, manage, review and approve shots when working with large creative teams on complex projects.


mLeaks 4K for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and more
Posted by Szymon Masiak
April 7, 2016, at 2:11 PM

Every filmmaker is aware of the importance of a good lighting on the set and its consecutive influence on the overall look of the footage. Lighting itself and all the optical effects light creates on the lenses gives the video it's uniqueness and shapes the mood of the edit.

The popularity of all the lens flares and light leaks is understandable, as those diverse effects give a one-of-a-kind look to every shot and complement the composition. Everyone who has ever tried to film a video with a good-looking light leak or a subtle flare knows that this is not as easy as it looks at first. Light is whimsical and often gives a completely unexpected effects like burns and too intense bokehs.

We decided to make working with light leaks a much easier endeavour. With this collection of 50 incredible top-quality light leak compositing effects your shots will gain a perfectly subtle illumination. They are diverse, delicate, multicolored and easy to use. Just import them into your favorite software and the rest is a drag & drop workflow. Give them a suitable blending mode, adjust the opacity and your light effect is done. It has never been easier or more impressive. The brand new mLeaks 4K - give them a try!

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