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 ProFreeze Threshold in Final Cut Pro X?

Here's how to install ProFreeze Threshold for any Mac operating system.

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Sierra Instructions

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Pre-Sierra Instructions

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How do Uninstall ProFreeze Threshold in Final Cut Pro X?

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  1. Open your finder window and do a search for “PFSMask” and anything that pertains to that,
  2. Go ahead and delete these files .
  3. Lastly, access your Movies>Motion Templates> Titles, and remove ProFreeze.

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Unidentified Developer and Won't Install

The message you got was to inform you the app wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store.

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ProFreeze Threshold Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

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How do I use ProFreeze Threshold?

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Freeze Frame Effects for FCPX

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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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

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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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Where is your tutorial for ProFreeze Threshold?

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You can search for the tutorial on the actual product page located at the bottom under the tutorial tab (if one is available). Keep in mind not all tutorials are available yet for each plugin. We are working daily to update new lessons for older and new plugins.

ProFreeze Threshold Troubleshooting

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Why are my masking points not matching?

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Why is this Happening:

The Pixel Film Studios Masking tool which is in ProFreeze is designed to work in a FCPX project set at a 1920x1080 resolution. If your project or video is not at a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the masking points will not match where you are clicking. Our developers are trying to figure out how to make it work at other resolutions.

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What is the Solution:

To change your project to a 1920 x 1080 resolutions follow these instructions

  1. With Final Cut open, choose window(Top left of screen).
  2. Select project properties.
  3. To the top right, you'll see your project resolution. Select modify.
  4. On the "Video" option, select 1080p HD

Click Here to Watch Project Settings Tutorial

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I installed the ProFreeze Threshold 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

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I don't see a guides checkbox. Why am I not able to use the masking tool?

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Why is this Happening:

If you are missing controls and unable to place a mask, it is due to an installation issue.

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What is the Solution:

Completely uninstall what you installed, then reinstall the product. These instructions are located under the installation tab.

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Im not seeing my subject Cut-Out, only my full shot. Did I miss a step?

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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. An indication of closing the mask shape is the mask points will change color and you will see your subject cut out and separated from the background.

Click Here to Watch Masking Tutorial

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