ProFocus

Focus Selection Tools for FCPX

ProFocus is a set of focus selection tools created for use in Final Cut Pro X.  With ProFocus, users can instantly cut-out a subject and defocus the areas surrounding the mask cut-out.  Create the illusion of depth of field with ProFocus’ intuitive tools.

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Focus Selection with ProFocus in FCPX


 

Focus Selection Tools for FCPX

Draw Focus to the Subject

ProFocus is a set of tools that allow video editors to create the illusion of racking focus.  To use ProFocus, start by selecting the ProFocus tool with the desired focusing duration and place it above media in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.  Next, cut-out the subject with the intuitive built-in masking tool.  Lastly, use a simple slider to determine the focus amount.


 

Focus Selection Tools for FCPX

Built-In Cut-Out Tool

ProFocus features a built-in masking tool that allows users to expertly cut-out subject matter with the click of a mouse.  Start by clicking on the screen to create points to surround the subject.  Double-click a point to change its interpolation from linear to curved.  “Command + Double-click” to delete a point.  Double-click the line to add a point.  Pixel Film Studios’ built-in masking tool makes it easy to get a crispy cut-out.


 

Focus Selection Tools for FCPX

Intuitive Panning Tool Included

ProFocus comes with an intuitive panning tool that allows users to quickly move from one point to the next.  Select the “Guides” checkbox to activate visual guides that show where the camera will end.  Utilize the on-screen controls to animate the camera to its final orientation.


 

Focus Selection Tools for FCPX

Exclusively for Final Cut Pro X

ProFocus is the easiest way to achieve a simple racking focus effect in Final Cut Pro X. Easily cut-subjects out with the built-in masking tool and create slow panning camera movements with the panning tool included.  Pixel Film Studios makes amazing easy in Final Cut Pro X.

Installing ProFocus


How do I Install ProFocus in Final Cut Pro X?

Learn how to Install a Pixel Film Studios FCPX Title-Based plugin. Make sure all three  installers are ran if using OS Sierra (Installers for Sierra are marked), and a manual install will be required for Step 2 on OS Sierra. Directions on how to perform a manual installation are located in the second half of the installation video below. For OS users on an older operating systems (Yosemite, El Capitan), run the non-sierra installers for a successful installation. If you are not sure which OS you have, check in your main menu, under the apple tab in the "about this mac" section.  
 

Unidentified Developer and Won't Install

This usually happens due to your macs security settings. The Message you got was to inform you the app wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store. Below is a video tutorial on how to resolve this issue.  

ProFocus Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I find ProFocus?

Once the installation is complete, you can find ProFocus in the FCPX Titles library.

Where is your tutorial for ProFocus?

We are working towards having tutorials for all of our plugins but we do not yet have one for many of them. These are some basic instructions for using ProFocus efficiently. 1. Place a video or photo in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. 2. Drag the playhead to the frame you wish to freeze if using a video clip. 3. Press “Shift + H” to hold this frame (If using a video clip). 4. Go to the Titles and find “Pixel Film Studios - ProFocus” 5. Drag a ProFocus preset above the video.  Match the start of the preset to the frozen/held frame. 6. Click on the viewer window to begin drawing a mask around the subject in your video.  Complete the mask by clicking the first point created. 7. Press the “Space Bar” to play back the animation. 8. Use the controls in the inspector window to the visual style of the scene.

What version of FCPX is required for ProFocus to operate?

Final Cut Pro X version 10.2.1 and newer are required for ProFocus to properly function in FCPX.

ProFocus Troubleshooting


Why are my masking points not matching where I am clicking?

The Pixel Film Studios Masking tool which is part of the ProPan, TransFreeze, ProFocus and ProFreeze plugins is designed to work within a FCPX project with the resolution set at 1920x1080. If your project is smaller or larger (4k or 1280x720 for example) then you will notice the masking points will not match the places you are trying to click. These plugins may eventually be designed for universal resolutions via update, but the developers are trying to figure out a way to make that work. I apologize for the inconvenience and let us know if we can help you any further. A solution to this problem is if you are working in a project with a different resolution than 1920 x 1080 is to start a separate project with HD dimensions and create the scene in that project. Export the scene to video and place the video into your original project.

Why am I missing controls and unable to place a mask?

If you are missing controls and unable to place a mask then it is an installation issue. Follow these guidelines to make sure ProFocus  is installed correctly. INSTALLING WITH PRE-SIERRA OS (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, etc) Run the Step 1 Installer and the Step 2 Installer. Then, restart Final Cut Pro X. Do not run the Step 1 Installer (SIERRA ONLY) or the Step 3 Installer. INSTALLING WITH SIERRA OS "Step 2 Installer" or "Double Click to Install" are currently NOT compatible with macOS Sierra. You will need to run the Step 1 (SIERRA ONLY) Installer, perform a manual installation in place of Step 2 and run the Step 3 Installer as well. Then, restart Final Cut. To complete the manual installation please watch the manual installation section in the corresponding video tutorials on how to copy and paste downloaded plugins’ Motion Templates into your Movies directory. Manual Installation sections start at around 00:36. Manually Installing Titles: https://vimeo.com/90880757

ProFocus Basic Instructions

Here are some basic instructions for ProFreeze Threshold...
1. Place a photo or video in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. 2. Drag the playhead to the frame you wish to freeze if using a video clip. 3. Press “Shift + H” to hold this frame (if using video). 4. Go to the Titles and find “Pixel Film Studios - ProFocus” 5. Drag a ProFocus preset above the video.  Match the start of the preset to the frozen/held frame. 6. Click on the viewer window to begin drawing a mask around the subject in your video.  Complete the mask by clicking the first point created. 7. Press the “Space Bar” to play back the animation. 8. Use the controls in the inspector window to adjust and modify the visual style of the scene.