Bored with FCP Transitions/Filters and Titling options

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by akdj, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. akdj macrumors 65816

    akdj

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    Are there any other FCP users that have found a sweet set of plug-ins that you're enjoying?

    I have checked out Boris (cool), just wrapped up my 15 days with CoreMelt Complete V2 (favorite so far), and I'm looking for others to check out.

    60% of my editing BUT 80% of my video money comes from weddings right now....I am getting more local agency, commercial work though...and I'd like to get some "original" transitions and titling options, specifically.

    Any suggestions? Money is not really an issue...don't mind paying for killer product...but I also don't mind saving some coin if there are decent, inexpensive options.

    TIA

    J
     
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if money is no option, let me introduce you to Digital Juice.

    As an example, they have a product called the Editor's Toolkit which contains backgrounds, lower thirds, "revealers" (for transitions) and Photoshop files for printing. Here's one that might be suitable for wedding videos.

    Disclaimer: I don't know them, I don't work for them, I have a few of their products (I bought them in a clearance sale on their website) and I just drool over all the stuff I can't afford.
     
  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    Try to make your own stuff with motion. I once do that, and that's free :D, but needs creativity and knowledge.

    Pesonally I never use transitions. I think they make movies amateurish. Watch any movie and you see only fades or hard cuts. Only star wars has some "funny" transitions, and I think they make star wars look childish. However when you make a nice transition like panning or zooming I would use it.
     
  4. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    He's making wedding videos. Chicks love that fancy cr@p :D

    For instance a white swishy veil thing as a reveal transition.

    Also, FCP7 has new alpha transitions. They look good.
     
  5. anthemus macrumors regular

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    It might be time to learn after effects. There's a few good sites out there for tutorials. One is aetuts.com

    A few months back I sat down and went through a bunch of tutorials. Downloaded a ton of fonts and textures. Now all my graphics are original. My clients instantly noticed and were pleased. Because of the learning curve it does take a little more time but I feel as though I'm going down the right path.

    Digital Juice and other templates are noticeable in the professional world. A few editors in town use them. They should only be considered for budget projects. If you want to be a true professional take the time and learn professional tools. Your clients and others will notice this and your reputation should grow as your work gets better and more original.

    My 2 cents.
     
  6. akdj thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the Digital Juice info...WOW! Some pretty cool stuff...For wedding videos, as mentioned earlier....the added "fluff" of transitions and titling are well liked by the clients, I've found. Someone mentioned the new Alpha Transitions. Just found those this past weekend while editing a wedding and used them in beginning switching between the B&G shots getting ready...with the first letter of their name (J/C)....very cool, quick, discreet....and I agree, amateur and cheezy...>BUT, they love it;)


    "Try to make your own stuff with motion. I once do that, and that's free , but needs creativity and knowledge."

    Yes, yes. I've been screwing with Motion for 18 months now and I love it. My plan this winter (less weddings, more personal footage) is to spend a bunch of time with Motion, Color and mentioned later by someone else, After Effects (I just bought it and have been messing around a bit....VERY powerful program, I'm lost though....thanks for the tutoring links!)

    "Pesonally I never use transitions. I think they make movies amateurish. Watch any movie and you see only fades or hard cuts."

    I do agree...however, as I mentioned above...for wedding and some event type editing, I've found the clients dig it, as opposed to hard cuts and fades. I do a lot of focus pulls and zooms as well, in real time...so I've got my "home made" transitions as well....and I suppose this is why I'm bored with the FCP options...perhaps they're even more cheezy and amateur looking than specialized plugins.

    "Only star wars has some "funny" transitions, and I think they make star wars look childish."

    I'll have to go back and watch it (I don't think I've seen the originals since the 70's:))

    "However when you make a nice transition like panning or zooming I would use it."

    Absolutely...I agree.

    Thanks for the suggestions...much appreciated. The titling is the biggie for me, which does mandate me becoming familiar and efficient in After Effects.

    J
     
  7. thedirtyduo macrumors member

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    FXFactory

    Try FXFactory and there is another one that is about $2200 for the entire suite and is used a lot, but I can't think of the name.
     
  8. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    I think the transitions in Star Wars aren't that bad, it has a certain charm.

    Most of them are variations of wipes, which would rank somewhere between the fade and 'silly' transitions. It's noticable but not annoying.

    And of course, there is the category of specialised transitions that use the scene itself to make a transition. I believe they use some of those in Ocean's 13, and the opening sequence of Snatch is also a good example.
     

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