Generated Composites with Prolectric in Final Cut Pro X
Create Striking Looks!
From lightning storms to electric orbs to light swords, PROLECTRIC can help you create the electrifiying effects that you need in your next Final Cut Pro X project. Your viewers will positively amazed!
30 Shocking Presets!
With 30 presets and an intuitive control panel, users can create endless electrifying effects directly inside of Final Cut Pro X. Select and drag your PROLECTRIC preset into the FCPX timeline. Then, use the parameters in the Inspector to control the color, glow, size, branches, and much more to create the perfect electric look for your film.
With PROLECTRIC, you have the ability to simply drag and drop one of the electricity effects on top of your footage and easy control it’s position with a click of the mouse. Use the on-screen controls and easy-to-use parameters to keyframe the position of your effect to your liking all with in Final Cut Pro X.
2D and 3D controls
With 2D and 3D options you can make your electricity run left-right, up-down, or even directly at the screen! Use the on-screen controls to position the start and end points of the electrical current. Then use the camera controls to pivot and rotate it in 3D space.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
PROLECTRIC was designed by the team at Pixel Film Studios to work seamlessly inside Final Cut Pro X. PROLECTRIC can help you create lightning, static, and much much more in your next Final Cut Pro X project. Simply drag and drop a few or many of the electricity effects on top of your clip and use the on-screen controls and Inspector sliders to calibrate your design.
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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let's begin by selecting a clip or image in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. In this example, we are going to use a still-image of a city and set it to a duration of 5 seconds. Let's make some lightning hit the top of the tallest building. Scan through the presets of PROLECTRIC and select a generator that best matches the look we want. Drag the generator above your clip on the Final Cut Pro X timeline. Then, use the blade tool to cut the generator to the length of the clip. 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.”
Step 2 - Positioning the Lighting
Now, we will need to decide on the lightning’s path. Click and drag the on-screen controls in the FCPX Viewer window to adjust the start and end position of the lightning. For this example, we will want the lightning to start slightly off the top of the screen and to end at the top of the tallest building.
Step 3 - Customizing the Lightning
Now that the lightning is set in its desired location, it's time to customize the look of it. Adjust the source and outer colors of the electricity to match the environment the best you can. Then use the Main and Secondary branch settings to manipulate the spread and structure of your lightning. Finally, adjust the Glow parameters to control the opacity, softness, and brightness of the falloff.
Step 4 - Creating Lightning Strikes
Next we will need to change the duration of the lightning so that it strikes in a realistic way. First, turn up the delay slider in the Inspector window. to slow down the refresh rate of the lighting. Then use the blade tool to create a few 3 frame lightning strikes. Select the sections of the generator in-between your strikes and delete them from the timeline. If you want, you can change the start point of each strike to come from different area of the sky.
Now for some Final Touches. To help composite the lightning seamlessly into the scene….. We will want to create a light flash every time the lightning strikes. Use the blade tool to cut and isolate the city picture underneath each lightning strike. Then select the isolated sections of the picture and go to the color board in the FCPX Inspector window. Select the exposure tab. Use the white puck to increase the brightness of your scene. Now, to further blend the lightning into the environment….. let’s compound your clip with all of the electricity generators used in the scene. Select everything you stacked in the timeline, then hold control and click on one of the clips. Now select New Compound Clip in the pop-up. Then, apply one of the PRORAIN effects to the clip, to help create the weather for our thunder storm. Next, add a color grade to the compound clip, this will make the lightning and buildings feel like apart of the same environment. For this example. we will use a Pixel Film Studios PROHUE filter. Lastly, let’s complete the atmosphere of the scene by adding some thunder and lightning audio from the Final Cut Pro Sound Effects Library.
Prolectric Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find Prolectric?
Once the installation is complete, you can find Prolectric in the FCPX Title library.