ProFreeze Threshold

Freeze Frame Effects for FCPX

ProFreeze Threshold is a freeze frame tool created for use within Final Cut Pro X.  With ProFreeze, users can freeze any frame and create an awesome parallaxing effect.  Use ProFreeze Threshold to introduce characters or highlight any subject matter with incredible energy and simplistic stylization.  ProFreeze Threshold is a Final Cut Pro X exclusive plugin.

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Editing with ProFreeze Threshold in Final Cut Pro X

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Freeze Frame Effects

ProFreeze allows Final Cut Pro X editors to apple dynamic effects to any frame in any video clip instantly. To use ProFreeze Threshold, simply move the playhead to the desired frame in the FCPX timeline and use the command “Shift + H shortcut to hold the frame in place. Place the ProFreeze Threshold above the held area and cut out the subject. ProFreeze will do the rest.

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Simplistic Visual Effects

ProFreeze Threshold pulls video subjects out of their environment and into the foreground.  Easily adjust the dark and light colors as well as the threshold amount and smoothness.  Choose from three different shape patterns and customize the number of shapes, spread, and colors.   With cut-out controls, video editors can add a drop shadow to the masked subject and adjust the opacity, blur, and shadow distance.

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Intuitive Animation Controls

After cutting out the subject, look to the “Cut-Out Controls” and to determine where the subject will animate to.  Adjust the X & Y position of the cut-out to adjust its horizontal and vertical orientation respectively.  Change Z position of the subject to alter the depth.

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Built-In Masking Tool

ProFreeze features a built-in masking tool to cut-out and highlight the character or object within a given scene.  To use the masking tool, start by clicking around the subject and completing the mask.  Double-click the line to add a point.  Double-click a point to change its curvature.  Command + double-click on a point to delete it.  With these simple controls, user can refine their cut-out selection.  ProFreeze Threshold makes amazing easy in Final Cut Pro X

Installing ProFreeze Threshold

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How do I Install this plugin in Final Cut Pro X?

Here's how to install this plugin for any Mac operating system.

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Installation Instructions

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Experiencing an installation error?

Installation errors are due to a few reasons. Please take all of the troubleshooting instructions below to ensure your computer is able to install plugins.  

Why is this Happening:

  1. Your version of Mac OS and/or Final Cut Pro are not up to date.
  2. Part of the FCPX motion templates folders were not installed successfully.
  3. The FCPX directories have been moved from where they were installed.
 

What is the Solution:

  1. Upgrading is easy and free through the app store. Please make sure both are on the latest version.
  2. Here is a video that shows you how to name the motion template folders correctly. Click here for video tutorial
  3. If the folders were moved from their original location, you will need to reinstall Final Cut Pro, so that the FCPX folders can be restored to their original location.

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How do I uninstall this plugin?

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ProFreeze Threshold Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

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ProFreeze Threshold Lesson

Here is a lesson that goes over the general functionality of ProFreeze Theshold.

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How to draw a mask

This quick tip tutorial shows users how to draw and adjust a mask.

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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Before using this plugin, make sure to properly prepare your timeline

  1. Begin by selecting our footage from the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.
  2. Drag your curser over the frame you want to be frozen.
  3. Press shift and H at the same time on your keyboard. Doing this will hold the selected frame in place.
  4. Adjust the hold by dragging the ends forwards or backwards.
  5. Once you have the hold in place, Locate ProFreeze Threshold is the FCPX Titles Library.
  6. Browse through the presets, For this example we will be using the one second cross preset.
  7. Click and drag the preset over the hold you previously created.
  8. Next, Select the ProFreeze Threshold adjustment layer and go to the inspector window.

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Freeze Frame Effects for FCPX

Step 2 - Cut Out Controls

Let’s start with the Cut Out Controls. Underneath is the guides checkbox. This needs be turned on in order for you to see the points you are making on screen.

  1. Once the guides are turned on start outlining the subject you are going to cut out. When cutting out the subject make sure to outline the entire subject and close the outline.
  2. Adjust how your cut out moves after it animates into the threshold look. The x slider will move your subject left and right. The y slider up and down, and the z slider forwards and backwards.

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Step 3 - Cut Out Style Controls

Now let’s move on to the Cut Out Style. In this section you will be able to adjust the threshold options.

  1. Start by choosing a dark color and light color.
  2. Then adjust the threshold and smoothness sliders until you get the desired look you are going for.

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Step 4 - Shape Controls

Each preset has their own shape. For this preset we use cross shape. You can adjust the position and angle of the cross using the controls in the inspector window or the on-screen controls in the viewer window.

  1. Clicking and dragging the center control puck will position the cross.
  2. To adjust the angle click and rotate the pin sticking out of the control puck.
  3. Once you have your shape positioned and angled go onto selecting a color.
  4. After adjust the cross width and length to create a unique look.

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Final Touches

Now for some final touches. Lastly we will alter the text and drop shadow controls.

  1. Insert your desired text in the text boxes.
  2. Click the editable checkbox to change color, font, and position of your text.
  3. You can change color, and font by selecting the text tab in the inspector window. Be sure to double click and highlight the text in the viewer window that you will be altering.
  4. Before rendering make sure you deselect the editable checkbox.
  5. Underneath is the Drop Shadow Controls. The drop shadow is an optional adjustment. If you decide to keep the drop shadow on you will be able to adjust color, opacity, blur, distance and angle.

ProFreeze Threshold Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I delete masking points?

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Yes, for a video tutorial on how to add and adjust masking points please watch the "How to draw a mask" video in the tutorial section. 

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Where do I find ProFreeze Threshold?

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

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I installed ProFreeze Treshold and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

Click Here to Watch Troubleshooting Video

ProFreeze Threshold Minimum Requirements

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Final Cut Pro & MacOS:

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This plugin is built to work in the latest version of Final Cut Pro and MacOS.  We recommend updating to the latest version of these softwares through the App Store to ensure that the plugin works correctly.

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Recommended Graphics Card:

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1GB minimum.

ProFreeze Threshold Troubleshooting

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Points not lining up to where you click?

This is because the project format is not at 1080p or the media that the masking tool is applied to is not at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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I just installed this plugin and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means your version of Final Cut Pro is out of date and cannot support the plugin. 

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What is the Solution:

Updating is easy and free through the app store. After updating, install the plugin once more.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial

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I am missing controls. I don't see a guides checkbox or clear button.

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Why is this Happening:

  • Scenario 1: You installed the plugin without being on the latest version of Mac OS and/or Final Cut Pro.
  • Scenario 2: You've updated your Mac OS and/or Final Cut Pro, and the plugin installer is outdated.

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What is the Solution:

  • Scenario 1: Update your Mac OS and/or Final Cut Pro to the latest version through the App Store. Then reinstall the latest version of the plugin.
  • Scenario 2: Login to your account, re-download the plugin installer, and install.

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Can't find the plugin after installation?

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Why is this Happening:

  • Scenario 1: The plugin is not properly installed.
  • Scenario 2: The plugin is properly installed, you may be looking in the wrong section in Final Cut Pro.

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What is the Solution:

  • Scenario 1: With Final Cut Pro closed, run the installer until reaching the successfully installed message. Now restart your computer and open Final Cut Pro.
  • Scenario 2: Search the FAQ section on the product page to see where the plugin is located. Now search this section in Final Cut Pro to locate the plugin.

Click Here Learn How to Search Final Cut Pro X Libraries

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The mask did not cut out my subject.

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Why is this Happening:

The mask needs to be closed for the subject to be cut out.

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What is the Solution:

Make sure you click back on the first mask point after setting the last mask point to close the mask shape. Click on the link below for a video tutorial.

Click Here to Watch Masking Tutorial

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