PROJECTION™ Lesson

3D PROJECTION MAPPING FOR FCPX

Learn how to bring your 2D images to life with PROJECTION™ from Pixel Film Studios™. This plugin allows you to map a photo of an alley, hallway or room onto a 3D environment in FCPX. PROJECTION™ also gives you the ability to add text, logos, or keyed footage to their 3D room.


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PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Welcome to a PROJECTION Lesson

Welcome to a PROJECTION Lesson

Welcome to a PROJECTION Lesson from Pixel Film Studios. PROJECTION allows Final Cut Pro X users to project a 2 dimensional image onto a 3D room.

With the 3D camera, editors can pan, tilt, and dolly around their environment to observer their room from unique and interesting perspectives. PROJECTION is a great tool for turning a stagnant photo into a fun and engaging journey. 


PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let's begin by selecting an image in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. For this example, we will use an image of a dark alley.

Scan through the PROJECTOR presets in the FCPX Generators Library. Click and drag the one that matches your photo’s size into the timeline above your photo.

For this example, we are creating a title sequence, so we will use a “PROJECTION with Text” Preset.


PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 2 - Setting up the PROJECTION

Step 2 - Setting up the PROJECTION

Now, let’s setup our PROJECTION generator.

Select the generator in the timeline. Then, go to the FCPX Inspector Window and click on the Drop Zone icon.

Select your image in the timeline, and click the blue "Apply Clip" button in the FCPX Viewer window.

Once your image is inside the ProJection, add your text to the scene.


PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 3 - Creating the Perspective

Step 3 - Creating the Perspective

Now, it’s time to setup our perspective lines.

Go to the FCPX Inspector Window. Set the “Angle of View” in the Camera Controls to . Now, go to the “Box Controls” section.

Use the Height, Width and Depth settings to adjust the shape of the box to match the alley. Then, use the on-screen controls in the Viewer window to adjust where the near and far plane sit.

When you are done, you can uncheck the Guidelines checkbox to turn them off.


PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 4 - Animating the Camera

Step 4 - Animating the Camera

Now, let’s animate our 3D camera.

Place the playhead at the front of the PROJECTION generator. Go to the “Camera Controls” section of the Inspector Window.

Now, move and rotate the camera to where you want it to start. Then, place a keyframe on the camera position and rotation parameters.

Move the playhead down the timeline to where you want the animation to end.

Now change the values of the position and rotation parameters. Because these values are different than the previous frame … It will auto-keyframe them in Final Cut Pro X.


PROJECTION™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Final Touches

Final Touches

Now for some Final Touches.

To further enhance the realism of the scene… let’s add a few Pixel Film Studios effects to our environment.

For this example, we will apply a PROSTREAK and PROHUE filter to the generator. Then, we will add a PROANA lens flare above the generator and keyframe it to react to one of the light sources.