PROWORLD™ Lesson

3D Environment Creator for FCPX

Learn how to turn a 2D HDRI image or Skybox Texture into a 360° viewing area with PROWORLD™ from Pixel Film Studios™. This plugin allows editors to map an HDRI or Skybox texture onto a 3D environment in FCPX. PROWORLD™ also gives users the ability to add text, logos, or keyed footage to their 3D world.


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PROWORLD™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Welcome to a PROWORLD™ Lesson

Welcome to a PROWORLD™ Lesson

Welcome to a PROWORLD™ Lesson from Pixel Film Studios. PROWORLD™ allows Final Cut Pro X users to project a 2 dimensional HDRI map or Sky Box Texture onto a 3D sphere or box.

With the 3D camera, editors can pan, tilt, and dolly around their environment to observer their world from unique and interesting perspectives.

PROWORLD™ is a great tool for turning a stagnant photo into a fun and engaging journey. 


PROWORLD™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Before

Before

You can create a HDRI or Skybox environment map using 3D softwares such as Cinema 4D or Blender.

Or you can download prefabricated textures from sites like HDRmaps.com and HDRlabs.com.


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

Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let's begin by selecting our HDRI map in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.

Now, scan through the PROWORLD™ presets in the FCPX Generators Library. For this example, we are creating a title sequence, so we will use a “HDRI with Text” Preset.


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

Step 2 - Setting up the PROWORLD

Now, let’s setup our PROWORLD™ 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 PROWORLD™, add your text to the scene.


PROWORLD™ Lesson FCPX Plugin - Step 3 - Animating the Camera

Step 3 - Animating the Camera

Now, let’s animate our 3D camera.

Place the playhead at the front of the ProWorld 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.


PROWORLD™ 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 PROFLARE™ and PROHUE™ filter to the generator.