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Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4+
CARTOON PANEL adds a comic book style panel shape to your image. Choose from 5 shape options and adjust the position, rotation and scale. Control outline style, size and color. Use panel presets to stack up multiple panels into your own comic book type visual design.
CARTOON PANEL CUSTOM SHAPE adds a more user customizable comic book style panel shape to your image. On-screen controls manipulate 4 corner points to affect the position and shape. Control outline style, size and color. Use panel presets to stack up multiple panels into your own comic book type visual design.
Double click the DMG file to mount the installer and agree to the license.
Double click the installer pkg to install the BretFX Cartoon Panel plugins and effect presets. They will appear in the Effects browser listed under BretFX Cartoon Kit.
CARTOON PANEL / CARTOON PANEL CUSTOM SHAPE INSTRUCTIONS
In FCP X, navigate to the effects browser and find BretFX Cartoon Kit. Drag BretFX Cartoon Panel, BretFX Cartoon Panel Custom Shape, or one of the effect presets to a clip in the timeline. Cartoon Panel and Cartoon Panel Custom Shape (and their related presets) have slightly different controls.
Cartoon Panel & Cartoon Panel Custom Shape Controls
Select the clip that you applied Cartoon Panel to and open the inspector (if it isn’t already). Navigate to the Cartoon Panel or chosen Cartoon Panel preset. Click the small triangle to the left of the effect name to to expose the effect controls if they aren’t already visible.
Adjusts the position of the source image within the panel.
Adjusts the scale of the source image within the panel.
Rotates the source image within the panel.
Panel Shape (BretFX Cartoon Panel only)
Choose from 5 shapes. Stack video clips on the timeline and apply a panel shape effect to each, creating a comic book style layout.
Panel Position (BretFX Cartoon Panel only)
Controls the position of your panel shape without affecting the position of the underlying image.
Panel Size (BretFX Cartoon Panel only)
Scales the size of the panel.
Panel Rotation (BretFX Cartoon Panel only)
Rotates the panel shape.
Custom Shape & Custom Shape On-Screen Controls (Cartoon Panel Custom Shape only)
Instead of having shape, position, and size controls, the cartoon panel custom shape allows you to create any 4 sided shape you wish (or even a triangle), and some great custom comic style layouts when multiple panel shapes are applied to multiple stacked video clips, with on screen controls. Control the position by dragging the center point and rotate the shape with the extended arm from the center. The shape and size is entirely controlled by the 8 points around the edge of the panel. Drag the corner points to corner pin the shape and control each corner individually. Shift drag the corner points to scale it proportionately. Drag the points on the sides to adjust two corner points at once. Shift drag the side points to adjust two corner points at once while keeping them in line with each other. When working with a custom shape you may find inconsistent results when using the undo function. Often the undo does occur, but the visual isn’t updated. Click and drag around the timeline or flip the outline type back and forth between solid and rough to update.
Choose solid or rough outline type. It is best to work with the panel shape first in solid outline mode and switch to the rough mode (if desired) last because the rough outline choice can affect the updating of the panel shape while editing. Especially the custom panel shape. Click in the timeline and drag or flip the outline type back and forth between rough and solid to update the screen.
The color of the panel outline.
The thickness of the outline.
If checked, it enables a solid color around the panel. Best used for the bottom most panel if you’re creating a multi-panel comic layout. For panels on higher layers, leave it unchecked to keep the area surrounding the panel transparent.
The color of the background if the background is enabled.
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