By C. Bauer
Dec. 6, 2019
Aliso Viejo, California – Pixel Film Studios new FCPX Auto-Tracker 2.1 software will be available on the company’s store this week. The original auto-tracker debuted two years ago and allowed users to track text and media by placing a selection box around the subject removing the tedious process of manually tracking frame by frame. The question is: What is the difference between the two versions?
It is easy to distinguish them from each other. While Pixel’s original tracker features were as impressive as those of other high-end two-dimensional trackers, Pixel Film Studios stood out by offering a cheaper solution to expensive tracking software from its competitors in the motion graphics industry. The latest version, 2.1, at a first glance looks entirely different than the original with a sleek new look in the published controls to the improved performance of the tracking, this version is a clear winner.
What is Tracking?
In motion graphics and video editing tracking tools are essential to saving editors time. While manual methods are still used by some editors, the use of tracking software removes the need for having to keyframe media manually. With the FCPX Auto Tracker, users can simply drop the plugin into the timeline and select and track the subject using the built in tracking software.
Track Text or Media
Apply tracked text, pictures, videos and animations to your footage with the help of the tracking software. Add an FCPX Auto Tracker preset to your footage, select an area and track! You can type in your custom text and even change it to 3D text in Final Cut Pro
New Track Editor
This year Pixel Film Studios has given their Auto Tracker an update that is more than meets the eye. The brand new Track Editor implemented into the FCPX Auto Tracker 2.1 software package gives users much more in depth control options. The Track Editor now has its very own pop up window that easily allows users to edit all of their track data in a comprehensive window.
The pop-up Track Editor window is designed to improve the tracking workflow and increase ease of use for all editors. The Track Editor can be opened with a simple click and features built-in instructions and tooltips to help guide you. The Track Editor also features its own timeline which allows users to easily manipulate their track data.
Improved Tracking Speed
Compared to the tracking from FCPX Auto Tracker 1.1. version 2.1 has significantly improved tracking times. Then new track editor tracks footage anywhere from 2 to 5 times faster than version 1.1 depending on the settings you choose to track with. On average it is 4 times faster.
While the older version had its limitations by only being able to be used in specific project resolutions, version 2.1 shines in its ability to be used in any project resolution. No more trying to find the right resolution preset. Just drop one of the three presets onto the timeline and use it in any resolution, any duration, and any frame rate.
Pricing and Availability
At a fixed price of $39.95, FCPX Auto Tracker 2.1 is available now at pixelfilmstudios.com. Additional product information, including system requirements, can be found on the product page here.
Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.