Animation Tools with ProArray in Final Cut Pro X
Media Replication in FCPX
With ProArray, users now have the ability to replicate and animated in three-dimensional space. Users have full control over opacity, position, scale, scale end, scale randomness, rotation, angle, angle end, angle randomness, color, randomization generators, camera angle of view, depth of field, focus offset, and more. Within each replication type user have total control over columns, size, rows, ranks, points, start and end points, offset, amplitude, frequency, phase, damping, origin, build style, and more all with in Final Cut Pro X.
Over 90 Customizable Presets
With ProArray, users have up to 17 different replication categories such as, stills, box outline, box random fill, box tile fill, burst, circle outline, circle random fill, circle tile fill, line, rectangle outline, rectangle random fill, rectangle tile fill, sphere outline, sphere random fill, sphere tile fill, spiral, and wave. ProArray offers fully customizable animated presets such as color, opacity, rotation, scale, and position, all within 3D space.
With ProArray on-screen controls, users have total control over position, x rotation, y rotation, z rotation, and scale. ProArray on-screen controls lets the users move, rotate, and scale their replication with in 3D space with ease. With ProArray, getting that perfect angle or position has never been so easy and fun to do all with a click of a mouse all with in Final Cut Pro X.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
ProArray was professionally designed to work seamlessly inside of Final Cut Pro X. As a FCPX title effect tool, each ProArray preset can be dragged and dropped onto the users media and previewed in real time. With the published parameters found in the FCPX inspector, users have the ability to make adjustments with just a few clicks of a mouse.
ProArray Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to replicate any media type in three-dimensional space with the ProArray Lesson.
Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let's begin by selecting a video clip or image from the FCPX media library to use as our background and dragging it to the timeline.
Once, you have your media in place, go to the FCPX titles library to locate the ProArray presets.
Scan through the replication effects and select the one that creates the look you want. Then, drag the adjustment layer above your clip in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.
For this example we will use the Still, Line preset.
Next, go to FCPX media library and select an image to replicate. Drag the image into the timeline beneath the background media layer.
Select the ProArray Adjustment layer and go to the Inspector window. Click on the drop zone placeholder.
Then click on the image in the timeline and click the blue "Apply Clip" button in the FCPX Viewer window.
Once the media is inside the drop zone, you can discard the image from the timeline.
Step 2 - Positioning the Replicator
Now that we have our timeline the way we want it, let’s setup the orientation of our replicator.
Select the ProArray layer in the timeline and go to the Viewer window.
Click and drag the center on-screen control to position the replicator where you need it. Then use the arrow, hinge and arm controls to pivot the line along the x, y, and z axises.
Step 3 - Customizing the Replicator
Once you have the ProArray layer where you want it, it’s time to customize the structure of the replicator.
Go to Replicator Controls section of the Inspector.
Use the start and end point parameters to control the length and direction of the line. Then use the Points slider to choose the number of times you want your media replicated.
Next use the offset slider and origin drop down menu to customize the emission point of the replications.
Finally check the Face Camera checkbox if you want all the media copies to always face forward no matter how the replicator moves.
Depending on your version of Final Cut, you may need to double click the refresh button at the top of the Inspector to re-render these changes in the viewer window.
Step 4 - Customizing the Cells
Now it’s time to customize the look of the individual points in the replication.
Go to the Cell Controls section of the Inspector.
Use the angle controls to adjust the rotation of the points. If you want the points remain right side up, you can check the align angle button.
Next, use the Angle End controls to adjust the progression of the rotation along the line. If you want the points to all be randomly rotated, you can skip ahead to the Angle randomness settings.
Now, let’s customize the color of the points.
Click on each of the boxes attached to the gradient bar to set the colors. If you would like the gradient to include more than the default amount, you can click on the bar to add more boxes.
You can also adjust the boxes on the top of the bar to change the opacity of the points along the line.
If you would like your color range to repeat, you can increase the color repetitions slider. For this example we will leave our points with their original color.
Next, adjust the Scale slider to control the overall scale of the points. Use the Scale end slider to adjust the progression of the size along the line.
If you want the points to all be randomly sized, increase the scale randomness slider.
Finally, you can check the shuffle order checkbox to further randomize the points along the line.
Now for some Final Touches.
Let’s set a few keyframes on the end point parameter to give the illusion that the replicator is moving outward towards the screen.
Move the playhead to the first frame of your clip. Then go the Inspector window.
Change the End Point to the starting value and set a keyframe.
Now move the playhead to the end of the clip and change the value of the parameter. Because this value is different than the previous frame … It will auto-keyframe in Final Cut Pro X.
Finally adjust the Angel of View and Depth of Field settings to give your replicator and even more 3D look.
ProArray Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find ProArray?
Once the installation is complete, you can find ProArray in the FCPX Generator library.