ProLumetric Lesson

Volumetric Lighting Effect for FCPX

Learn how to add epic or stunning light rays to your footage in Final Cut Pro X. With ProLumetric from Pixel Film Studios, users can create beautiful volumetric lighting effects in Final Cut Pro X.

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PROLUMETRIC LESSON FCPX Plugin - Welcome to a ProLumetric Lesson.

Welcome to a ProLumetric Lesson.

Welcome to a ProLumetric lesson from Pixel Film Studios. ProLumetric allows Final Cut Pro X users to add volumetric light to a scene.

Volumetric lighting can give the effect of light shining through an environment… Such as sunbeams streaking through clouds… or an open window.

ProLumetric users can simply apply one of the filters to their clip to add shining beams to the light in their video.

PROLUMETRIC LESSON FCPX Plugin - Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let's begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. ProLumetric works best with footage that has a visible light source in the frame to look as realistic as possible..

Once you have your footage in the timeline, scan through the ProLumetric presets and select a color that best matches the look you want. Then, drag and drop the filter on the clip in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.

PROLUMETRIC LESSON FCPX Plugin - Step 2 - Isolating the Light Source

Step 2 - Isolating the Light Source

ProLumetric will need to know where to emit light from. Isolate the light source using the advanced masking tools.

Select the clip in the timeline, to activate on-screen controls in the FCPX Viewer window. These controls will allow you to surround and isolate the desired light source.

Starting with the center control, move the shape over the light source in the clip.

Now use the arrow controls to scale the overall height and width of your selection. Last…. use the 8-points on the outside to fine tune the selection of the active area.

PROLUMETRIC LESSON FCPX Plugin - Step 3 - Customizing the Light

Step 3 - Customizing the Light

Now, let's adjust the quality of the light to best fit the scene.

Utilize the top left puck to control the origin of the volumetric lighting. Pull the handle attached to this control point to adjust the strength of the rays.

Now select and drag the puck defaulted in the top right corner… This will manipulate the light and create the illusion of bouncing or diffusion for a softer look.

Next, go to the Inspector window to adjust the ray brightness, color, and haze amounts.


Final Touches

Now, for some Final Touches.

ProLumetric looks great when combined with other Pixel Film Studios plugins.

Let's place a ProPixie video composite above the clip in the timeline. Then, go to the video tab in the Inspector window and change the blend mode to "add" or "screen." 

Select everything you stacked in the timeline, then hold control and click on one of the clips. Now select New Compound Clip in the pop-up.

Finally, apply one of the Pixel Film Studios ProHue color grades to the compound clip.