FCPX Overlay Interfaces with ProSLR: Cinema in Final Cut Pro X
Cinematic Viewfinder Overlay
With ProSLR: Cinema fully customizable viewfinder effect overlays users can now simulate the director’s perspective with a click of a mouse. Users have full control over information, focus, grain, snap shot effects, and more all within Final Cut Pro X.
With ProSLR: Cinema user have full control over the look and animation of each viewfinder all within Final Cut Pro X. Users can alter information and effects by making adjustments to the border color, border opacity, focus, grain amount, technical information, exposure, aperture, flash, ISO, shutter speed, and much more all with a click of a mouse.
With ProSLR: Cinema on-screen controls users have full control over focus blur position and vignette scale with a click of a mouse all within Final Cut Pro X. With easy to use on-screen controls users can easily simulate a realistic camera viewfinder all with just a few simple adjustments.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
ProSLR: Cinema was professionally designed to work seamlessly inside of Final Cut Pro X. As a effect overlay, each ProSLR: Cinema 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.
ProSLR: Cinema Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to use cinematic viewfinder effects with the ProSLR: Cinema Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.
Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let’s begin by selecting a clip or image in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. Once your media is in place, go to the Effects library to locate the ProSLR presets. Scan through the Modern Frame presets to find the look you like. ProSLR comes with 29 unique viewfinder frames, for this example we will use the Style 1.5 preset. Drag and drop the ProSLR preset directly onto your footage in the timeline.
Step 2 - Effects Controls
Select your footage in the timeline and go to Effect Controls section of the Inspector window. Use the Zoom slider to scale up your image. Then, adjust the position and rotation parameters to move and angle your original media within the viewfinder frame. The grain amount slider can be used to add noise to your footage. The blur amount slider can be used to give the illusion that you are racking or drawing focus to an area of the screen. You can use the Blur Center parameter or the center on-screen control point to adjust the focal point of your scene. Finally, the Blur Inner and outer radius sliders can be used to control the size of the focus area. Make sure that the Inner radius slider is always set to a lower value or the blur area will invert.
Step 3 - Technical Information
Now it’s time to customize the technical information controls. These controls are separated into three sections: Top, Center, and Bottom. All of the controls are set are sliders so that they can be keyframed and animated. Using the Top Controls section, you can set the numerical value of the Frames per second, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Color Temperature, Resolution, and RC. The Indicator Position slider controls the red bar that shows what value the camera man has selected. Using the Center Controls, you can first control the opacity of the crosshairs and center circle. Then, you can set the center pie circle’s percentage and color. Beneath that you can turn 9 different focus points on or off. These parameters can be keyframed on and off to give the illusion that the camera is finding focus on an object. Next, you can turn the focal length and distance on or off, and then set their values. Underneath that you can turn the Auto-Focus Confirm indicator on or off. Then, you can set the title for the clip using the Info Title box. Finally, you can turn the Time Code and Frame Guides on or off. Using the Bottom Controls you can set the numerical value for the Raw Noise and Clip Levels, The Temperature, The Error Drops, The HDRx, False Color, TC, Gunlock, Shutter Sync, Redmote, LAN, RIG, Media Percentage, and Power Source.
Step 4 - Lens Overlay
Now, that our viewfinder is setup, let’s add a lens overlay to our footage. Go to the Lenses section of the Effects Library. There are 5 different lens styles. Each one has a unique glass texture and center circle design. For this example, we will drag and drop Style 5 onto our footage. In the Inspector window you can use the Lens Controls to add grain and blur, but we already did that through the Viewfinder filter, so we will ignore those parameters for now. The only parameter that we need to adjust is the Center Glass Brightness, which effects the intensity of the center circle.
ProSLR comes with several other film effects, like snap shots and old film filters, that can be applied to your footage before or after the viewfinder to complete the camera perspective look. This pack also comes with a masking tool that can be applied to the footage to change the aspect ratio along with a zebra stripe tool which can imitate the look of an exposure detector.
ProSLR: Cinema Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find ProSLR: Cinema?
Once the installation is complete, you can find ProSLR: Cinema in the FCPX Effect library.