Pixel Film Studios Announces ProPath™ plugin Lesson for Final Cut Pro X

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Released today was a new Plugin Lesson Propath™ for Final Cut Pro X providing the users a walk through tutorial from Pixel Film Studios.

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ProPath™ has set the bar for what our users want and tutorial will clear up any questions on how to use this advanced tool.

The developers of Final Cut Pro Plugins and Themes announced today the release of the Propath lesson from Pixel Film Studios. A step-by-step guide to using the ProPath plugin.

“ProPath™ has set the bar for what our users want and this tutorial will clear up any questions on how to use this advanced tool,” says Christina Austin, Pixel Film Studios CEO. “This tutorial is clear, to the point, and will empower our users to make awesome videos.”

Learn how to create a camera path without ever setting a single keyframe in Final Cut Pro X. ProPath from Pixel Film Studios allows users to create camera movements with up to five points by simply using the on-screen controls in the FCPX Viewer Window.

ProPath allows Final Cut Pro X users to create a 3D camera path without ever setting a single keyframe.

Users simply have to set up the framing points using the on-screen controls and then watch as the camera pivots and winds its way from point to point. ProPath is a great way to make stagnant shots and images into a fun, engaging journey.

Let’s go over the different types of ProPath presets.

The “Continuous” ProPath follows the drawn path without stopping at any of the framing points.

The “Stop Points” presets add a slight pause at each point. The user can adjust the length of these pauses.

Finally, the “Initiated” ProPath will start zoomed into the first point instead of wide.

By selecting an image or clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. For this example, we will use the image of a map.

ProPath is designed to work with 1920 by 1080 images.

If the user is using a photograph that is not this size… don’t worry. The user will simply have to scale the image until it fits the canvas.

Then, the user will need to compound the image so that it is inside a 1920 by 1080 clip. Select the photo in the timeline, then hold control and click on the clip. Now select New Compound Clip in the pop-up.

Once the image is setup, scan through the ProPath presets in the FCPX Effects Library. Click and drag one of the effect on top of the clip in the timeline.

For this example, we will use a 3 Point Continuous ProPath.

What about framing Points? Move the playhead to the first frame of the photograph. Then select the image layer in the timeline.

Go to the FCPX Inspector window. Make sure that the “edit mode” checkbox is checked on.

Now, use the on-screen controls to move the colored frames to where the user want the camera to go. The colors indicate the order of the frames, which can be seen in the Inspector window.

Use the arm attached to the puck to scale the frame. The smaller the user makes the box… The more the camera will zoom in at this point.

Use the rotation parameters in the Inspector window tilt or rotate the frame on its x,y, or z axis.

Now for some Final Touches.

Once the positions and angles are set up, un-click the "edit mode" checkbox. Scrub the timeline to examine the camera path.

If the user doesn’t like it, they can turn on edit mode again. Then, go to the time in the path and fine tune the path.

Once everything is moving perfectly. Use the camera depth of field settings and light settings to create a more 3D environment.

Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. All Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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