We all have seen movies and television shows where the viewer appears to be looking through a set of binoculars, or maybe some night vision goggles. What about those documentaries that seem as if you’re looking at a camcorder screen, or through a camera viewfinder. Finally we’ve seen those big-game hunting shows where you appear to be looking through the rifle scope at the target down-range. You may ask, “How can I do that with my videos?” I’m glad you asked, Ripple just introduced Optics plug-in for FCPX that does just that and more.
Optics is another great plug-in to tell you about that installs and launches through Noise Industries FxFactory. We’ve looked at several of them in the past months, but I have to say, that this one from Ripple, is a lot of fun. According to their Web site: “Optics is a Final Cut Pro X plug-in that creates a first-person perspective through different sets of camera viewfinders, scopes and binoculars. Animate the focus, position and scale; add thermal and night vision effects, animate scan lines, flicker and roll. Control the HUD graphics of 3 popular DSLR camera types including f-stop, ISO, exposure values and more”
As with all the FxFactory plug-ins and effects, the controls that Optics uses are easy to understand and gives you a very wide range of options for each of the plug-in effects. The controls differ for each effect to give you the ability to make your video as professional as you need it to be. Let your imagination run wild.
Since Ripple is one of the top training organizations in the World, you can count on some detailed and easy to understand training videos for Optics. We are not disappointed. Here are links to the effects tutorials:
Scopes Tutorial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AgSsSbi-84
Binoculars Tutorial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5g5jHGdw2c
Viewfinder Tutorial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxOAAsUgtuo
Shutter Tutorial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY9SypznrTw
Kaleido Tutorial Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYeqKr8YKT4
You can purchase Ripple Optics for $39.00 from here. As I mentioned earlier, this plug-in is a lot of fun and I am certain you’ll be using it in a video soon.