ProTrace Lesson

Professional Art Effects for FCPX

Learn how to turn your FCPX video into a flip book cartoon, graphic novel, or painting with ProTrace by Pixel Film Studios. In the click of a button, trace your images with chalk, watercolor paint, or color pencils. With ProTrace you can turn any film into a hand-drawn work of art.

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PROTRACE Lesson FCPX Plugin - Welcome to a ProTrace Lesson

Welcome to a ProTrace Lesson

Welcome to a ProTrace lesson from Pixel Film Studios. ProTrace allows Final Cut Pro X users to turn their footage into hand-drawn works of art.

From blueprints outlines to water color paintings, ProTrace can make art effects both fun and easy in Final Cut Pro X. For this example, we will show you to create a basic chalkboard sketch.

PROTRACE 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. PROTRACE works best with high contrast footage with well-defined lines.

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

For this example, we will use the “Pencil Sketch 10” preset.

PROTRACE Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 2 - Customizing the ProTrace

Step 2 - Customizing the ProTrace

Now that we have applied our filter, it’s time to customize the look of our effect.

Use the “Pencil Tip Sharpness” sliders to control the crispness of the edges in your sketch.

Then, use the Brightness, Smoothness and Contrast to adjust the look of the drawing to your liking.

Next use the Hatch and Cross Hatch parameters to manipulate the texture of the shading in the drawing.

PROTRACE Lesson FCPX Plugin - Final Touches

Final Touches

Now for some Final Touches.

To give our footage a stop motion effect… We will apply the “Frame Rate Adjustment” tool that comes with Pro Trace to our clip.

Use the “Strobe Rate” slider to control the frame rate of your footage. The lower the parameter is set… The more exaggerated the frame skips will be.