Background Generators with ProDrop: Light Show in Final Cut Pro X
Neon Lights in FCPX
With ProDrop: Light Show users can select from over 30 fully customizable presets ranging from categories such as drop zones, kaleidoscope, particles, shapes, and text. Users have full customization over randomization, angle of view, camera position, scale, birth rate, life, speed, angle, spin, color pattern, brightness, emission range, blur, glow and much more leaving infinite possibilities all within Final Cut Pro X.
With ProDrop: Light Show each user can fully customize each preset leaving truly infinite possibilities. With ProDrop: Light Show users can customize their angle of view, camera position, scale, birth rate, life, speed, angle, angle randomness, spin, spin randomness, emission range, kaleidoscope, x and y amplitude, x and y speed, rotation amplitude, rotation speed, brightness, color pattern, color repetitions, inner and outer blur, radial blur, glow amount and much more all within Final Cut Pro X.
Drop Zones & Text
With ProDrop: Light Show drop zones and text presets users can apply their very own media files or text all with a click of a mouse. Users can select from either kaleidoscope, light emissions, particles, points, spirals and more all within Final Cut Pro X.
With ProDrop: Light Show on-screen controls users have full control over variable blur position, radial blur position, object angle, and object angle randomization, kaleidoscope position, kaleidoscope angle, and kaleidoscope angle offset. With simple and easy to use on-screen controls each user has total control over look and feel all with a click of a mouse all within Final Cut Pro X.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
ProDrop: Light Show was professionally designed to work seamlessly inside of Final Cut Pro X. As a generator effect overlay, each ProDrop: Light Show preset can be dragged and dropped onto media and previewed in real time. With the published parameters found in the FCPX inspector, users have the ability to make further adjustments with just a few clicks of a mouse.
ProDrop: Light Show Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to generate your very own VJ neon light backdrops with the ProDrop: Light Show Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.
STEP 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let’s begin by locating ProDrop: Light Show in the Generator Library. There are a variety of sections such as Drop Zones, Kaleidoscopes, Particles, Shapes, and Text. For this example we will be using the Style 1 Kaleidoscope. Select your preset and go to the Inspector Window.
STEP 2 - Camera Controls
First let’s adjust our camera controls. Start by adjusting the angel of view and camera position sliders. The camera position slider will adjust how close or how far away you will be viewing the effect that is happening. After adjusting the camera position you can go onto the the offset wheel which will offset the camera rotation giving you different kaleidoscope looks.
STEP 3 - Emission Controls
Once you have your Camera Controls set up, Move down to the Emission Controls section. The Generate button randomizes all the controls below. If you want full control over all of these controls you can skip this option and start with the Scale Slider. Next is the Scale Randomization slider which will let you randomize the overall scale. After making the scale adjustments move on to adjusting the Birth Rate, Life, and speed sliders. The Birth Rate slider controls how many particles of this cell emerge from the emitter every second. A Higher value creates denser particle effects. The Life Slider controls how long each particle lasts before vanishing from the screen. By adjusting the speed slider you are controlling how quickly each particle flies away from the emitter. Next you can adjust the angle, angle randomness, spin, and spin randomness. The emission range sets the angle at which the particles are emitted. Once you have you emission range set adjust the Kaleidoscope position, Segment Angel and Segment angle offset. You can adjust these sliders in the inspector window or by using the onscreen controls in the viewer window. Drag the puck with the fan to adjust Kaleidoscope position, Click and rotate the highest stem to control the segment angle. To adjust the Segment angle offset click and rotate the lowest stem. The Segment Angle sets the angle at the tip of each triangular tile. The Segment angle offset Sets the rotation of the whole kaleidoscope.
STEP 4 - Style Controls
Now let’s move onto the Style controls. First you can adjust the brightness, brush opacity and line thickness. Next adjust the circle opacity. Once you have the opacity set you can then alter the color pattern of the Kaleidoscope. Click the drop down arrow next to color patter. A color gradient box will appear showing three colors. You can change the location of each color by clicking on one specific color and dragging it along the gradient line or use the location slider. To change the color click the color box you want to change and select a color. After adjust the Interpolation and Color Repetitions sliders.
STEP 5 - Blur Controls
Next we will cover the Blur section. Adjust the blur position and blur amount first. Then adjust the Inner and Outer Blur Radius. You can then control the Radial Position, Radial Amount and Radial Blur Angle.
STEP 6 - Glow Controls
Once the blur controls are adjusted to your liking move down to the Glow section. Start by adjusting the Light ray amount and Light Ray distance. Lastly adjust the glow amount, glow radius, and Aura radius. The Aura Radius Adds highly stylized light or dark halos around well-defined areas of an image.
Now, For some final touches. To take this generator to the next level utilize the drop zones and add an image or logo. The image or logo must be saved as a PNG.
ProDrop: Light Show Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find ProDrop: Light Show?
Once the installation is complete, you can find ProDrop: Light Show in the FCPX Generator library.