Here’s another great Final Cut Pro X effect from FxFactory, specifically, Tokyo. This one is called the PiPinator. We just looked at Split Screen Animation from Tokyo on Surfbits, so we looked forward to playing around with this new effect.
Tokyo PiPinator is an advanced but simple-to-use Picture-in-Picture effect that brings the power of menu-driven animation and a wealth of useful features to creating elegant and original composites without the need for keyframing. PiPinator is designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X. Tokyo PiPinator can be found in your FCP X Effects library and there are five modules to choose from, making it easy to find the ideal set-up for your animation.
While the effect is perfect for single image Picture-in-Picture animation, it’s very easy to use multiple layers of the effect to build up elaborate composites. Any changes are very quick to make and equally quick to fine tune, whether it’s motion path, scaling, rotation, cropping, image offset, border, drop shadow, reflection and more. You design – PiPinator takes care of the rest.
With the large selection of settings available in the effect, I was quickly able to add another video to the main video and make it slide in and out from corner to corner, and even spin it as it was entering and exiting. For a novice like myself, it has more control options then I’ll ever need or use, but those I did try were simple and fast to complete. I was able to add graphics and animate them along-side video clips.
As I mentioned, the power that PiPinator offers the video editor and designer is immense. I thought you may find it interesting to learn who Tokyo is and who is responsible for creating these powerful effect.
TOKYO is a boutique creative shop specializing in movie trailers, sales promos and TV Spots for the independent film sector both in the UK and across Europe. TOKYO’s Creative Director, Simon Ubsdell, is responsible for designing the new range of Final Cut Pro X templates. Simon has been an film and video editor for about 25 years as well as being involved in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, 3D modeling and animation, not to mention writing, directing and producing.
Previously he was the joint founder and Creative Director of The Picture Production Company based in Soho, London which became for a time the largest and most successful creator of movie trailers outside of the US.
His motion graphic and visual effects work has been seen on countless trailers and TV spots for a huge range of popular and hugely successful movies.