PROVEGA Lesson

LENS FLARE PLUGIN FOR FCPX

Learn how to create realistic, epic lens flares in Final Cut Pro X with the PROVEGA series from Pixel Film Studios. Lens flares have become popular in contemporary film, and are often deliberately used to invoke a sense of realism and drama in a scene.


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PROVEGA Lesson FCPX Plugin - Welcome to a PROVEGA Lesson

Welcome to a PROVEGA Lesson

Welcome to a PROVEGA lesson from Pixel Film Studios. PROVEGA allows Final Cut Pro X users to add realistic lens flares to their footage.

Lens flares have become popular in contemporary film. And are often deliberately used to invoke a sense of realism and drama in a scene.

PROVEGA comes in several volumes each with its own uniques style. For this example, we are going to use the round and hexagonal flares featured in PROVEGA Volume 2.


PROVEGA 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.

Now, go to the Generators library in FCPX, and scan through the PROVEGA Volume 2 presets. Choose the shape and refractions that best matches the style of your scene.

Drag the Generator layer above your clip onto the timeline and make it the same length as the footage.

Next, go to the “Video” tab of the FCPX Inspector window.

Scroll down until you come across the blend mode drop down menu. Change the blend mode to “Add.”


PROVEGA Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 2 - Customizing the Flare

Step 2 - Customizing the Flare

Now, it's time to customize the look of the flare.

Go to the “Generators” tab of the Inspector window. Use the Hue and Saturation options to adjust the color and falloff of our flare.

Then adjust the Core Controls to manipulate the size, haze, intensity and streakiness of the main light.

Finally, use the Flare Options to adjust the depth, blur ,and number of the refractions in the flare.


PROVEGA Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 3 - Animating the Flare

Step 3 - Animating the Flare

Now, we will need to position and animate the flare so that it works with the light in our scene.

Select the lens flare in the timeline, and press the “v” key to make the layer invisible. This will help us see the light source better as it moves.

Place the playhead at the front of the PROVEGA Generator. Grab the center puck in the Viewer window and move it so that it lines up with the light source in your scene.

Now place a key frame on the “Flare Center” parameter. Move the playhead down the timeline 5 to 7 frames using the right arrow key on the keyboard.

Now drag the on-screen control ton top of the light as it moves around. Because this position is different than the previous frame … It will auto-keyframe in Final Cut Pro X.

Continue this process every 5 to 7 frames until it is complete. Then turn the Flare layer back on in the timeline.

Now, let’s repeat this step with the Flare Spread parameter to make the refractions move and react to the light in the scene.