Mask Transitions for FCPX

TransFreeze from Pixel Film Studios is a self animating masking transition. With TransFreeze users can reveal any object or subject with a unique freeze mask effect in FCPX. Each preset allows for various slant animations along with reversible animation directions. Users have full control over what is in the first foreground mask and what is later revealed in the background. Creating a dynamic freeze transition has never been easier.

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Editing with TransFreeze in Final Cut Pro X

Freeze Style Transitions

Freeze Frame Transitions

TransFreeze provides Final Cut Pro X users the means to create a unique freeze frame transition from one clip to the next.  To use this transition, choose a video clip and hold the position of the frame you want to freeze with the hotkey “Shift + H”.  Next, drag a TransFreeze preset into the FCPX timeline and align it to the frozen frame.  Lastly, use the built-in masking tool to cut-out a section in your video footage and compound.

Built-in Masking Tool

Built-in Masking Tool

TransFreeze includes a custom masking tool that allows FCPX users to mask out any subject with a few simple clicks. Start by enabling  “Edit Mode”, then click around the subject to create a custom mask.  To add more points on the mask, simply double-click along the bezier.  To delete a point, hold down the “option” key & double click.  To adjust the curvature of a tangent, double click on the point connecting two vectors.

Intuitive Controls in Final Cut Pro X

Intuitive Controls in Final Cut Pro X

TransFreeze features intuitive customization options that are located in the top-right inspector window.  With easy sliders, editors can control the slant of the mask animations along.  Additionally, users can alter direction of each mask’s animations individually with checkboxes.   Creating a dynamic freeze frame transition in Final Cut Pro X has never been easier.


Installing TransFreeze

How do I Install TransFreeze in Final Cut Pro X?

Learn how to Install a Pixel Film Studios FCPX Transition-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.  

TransFreeze Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to professionally use a freeze frame transition with the TransFreeze Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.

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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let’s begin by selecting our footage from the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. Place the media you want to be effected by the transition on top of your other media. Select your media placed on top and skim to a point in the footage you want the effect to take place. After you will need to apply a hold to that frame.

Do this by pressing shift and H at the same time. By doing this a red hold bar will appear which you can adjust at any time. Once you have the media held, Find TransFreeze in the FCPX Titles Library. Select the horizontal or vertical effect and place it directly over the hold area. Next go to the inspector window.


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Step 2 - Effect Controls

First you will begin adjusting the cut-out controls. The instructions checkbox gives you a brief reminder of how to add points and how to delete or clear all of your points. Underneath is the edit mode checkbox.Enable this checkbox is order to see your points. Start clicking around your subject to create a mask.

Remember to fully close the shape in order for the mask to work. You can turn the edit mode on and off at anytime. Click the clear button to completely start over.Once you have your mask cut out you can move on to the style controls.

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Step 3 - Style Controls

In the style controls section you can customize the way your horizontal or vertical effect animates in. First you can choose from two different mask reverse controls. Next you have the option of flipping your mask. Lastly you can adjust the slant and speed method.

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Step 4 - Final Touches

Now that we have customized our effect it is time for the last and most important step. In order for this effect to work properly you must compound it.First delete any media before the hold frame. Then Select the TransFreeze adjustment layer as well as the media it is placed over.

To compound a clip click option and G at the same time. Once the effect and clip are compounded together, You can now move the compounded clip over the other media where you want the effect to begin.

TransFreeze Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find TransFreeze?

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

What version of FCPX do I need to run TransFreeze?

Final Cut Pro X version 10.2.1 or newer is required to run TransFreeze.

Troubleshooting TransFreeze

My TransFreeze plugin has missing Controls, did I miss something?

If you are unable to locate TransFreeze in FCPX, or your TransFreeze seems to be missing controls, its most likely due to missing one of the Installation steps. Make sure both installers are ran correctly without any error messages, and that FCPX is restarted before use.

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

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 if the mask points will change color and you will see your subject cut out and separated from the background.