Composites & Elements with ProPixie in Final Cut Pro X
Add Particles to Your Footage
Whether you are filming a magical fantasy world or an old haunted house, PROPIXIE’s high-resolution composites can help create the atmosphere of your film in a matter of seconds. Adding floating particles to your footage is a great way to give your film a hyper-real quality.
75 ProRes Composites
PROPIXIE consists of 75 ProRes HD particle composites files created by filming real, natural particles. These video files and can be applied and composited onto your footage in any non-linear editing software (such as Final Cut Pro X, Avid, and Adobe Premiere).
Shot at 60 FPS
The PROPIXIE composites were shot at 60fps on super speed lenses to create the best quality videos with the least amount of blur. All the PROPIXIE video composites are ProRes 24fps quicktime files that work inside any non-linear editing system.
Layer to Create Depth
The partcles in the PROPIXIE video files vary in size, speed and focus, so you can layer them to create more depth in your image. This is a great way to give your film a more cinematic feel. With 75 particle techniques to choose from, the combinations are endless!
Compositing Tool for FCPX
Video files can be used in any non-linear editing software, but if you are using it in Final Cut Pro X, you can use the PROPIXIE Blending Tool to help blend and color correct your particles to match your footage. You can even invert the particles footage to create an ash look. The Compositing Tool is free with a purchase of PROPIXIE.
How do I Install ProPixie in Final Cut Pro X?
Learn how to Install Pixel Film Studios Composite Footage.
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ProPixie Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to add epic or magical floating particles to your film with the ProPixie Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.
Upon purchasing ProPixie you will receive 9 zip folders of particle composite footage. You will also receive an installer file for the ProPixie Compositing Tool. The tool will load directly into the Final Cut Pro X effects library. If you plan on using the particle footage often, you can import the files into an FCPX event for quick access. Or you can simply store them on an external drive and drag one into the timeline whenever you need it.
Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let's begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. Now, scan through the ProPixie composite footage folders. The particles in the footage come in varying sizes, speeds and focal depths. Select and drag one of the particle composites above your clip in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. Then, use the blade tool to cut off the excess particle footage to make it the same length as the clip. Now, 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.” Now, let’s repeat the previous step to add a second composite layer. This time choose a file with slightly larger particles. Again, drag the footage above your clip… make it the same length as the others… and change the blend mode to “Add.”
Step 2 - Blending the Pixies
Now, it’s time to blend and incorporate the particles into our environment. Find the ProPixie Compositing tool in the FCPX effects library. Drag and drop the effect on to each of the particle layers in the timeline. Now, select the first ProPixie layer in the timeline. Go to the Inspector window and use the blur, scale, opacity and color controls to blend the particles into the environment. Repeat this process with the second composite layer. Make these particles less blurry. This will give the illusion of depth in our dust layers.
Step 3 - Customizing the Pixies
Particle footage can be easily customized to create numerous looks such as ash. For this example, let’s speed up our particle footage to look like a flurry of snow. First click and drag the end of the composite clips to make them longer. Now, select one of the particle layers in the timeline and press command, R. Then, drag the end of the retime handle to speed it up. Repeat this process with the other composite layer.
Now for some Final Touches. To help composite the particles seamlessly into the scene….. Compound your clip with all of the ProPixie composites 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. Next, Apply a color grade to the compound clip, it will make the particles feel like apart of the same environment. For this example, we will use a Pixel Film Studios “ProMono” filter.
ProPixie Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find ProPixie?
Once the installation is complete, you can find ProPixie in the FCPX Effect library.