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About Clock Maker
Clock Maker is a highly customizable, animated clock plugin for FCP X that highlights a particular time frame.  The size, color, position and scale of nearly every aspect of the face, hands, background/drop zone, tick marks and highlight can be adjusted or turned on/off with unlimited possibilities. It’s great for overlaying over a time lapse, informational graphic, cooking video or anywhere you need to show the passage of a particular amount of time.

About Outliner
Outliner is a fun, easy way to add unique outlines and fills to any video, image or graphic that contains transparency.  It is great for stylizing chroma-key footage or livening up graphics, text or logos.

COMPATIBILITY
Clock Maker: FCPX 10.2.3+
Outliner: FCPX 10.3.4+

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Download includes:
Clock Maker FCP X plugin, over 20 presets and detailed instructions
Outliner FCP X plugin, and detailed Instructions

Outliner Details

Fully control the outline width, softness, color, texture and new in 1.1, distance. The fill can be made transparent, a solid color, or a texture. Both outline and fill image and texture can be tinted any.   Outliner can be added to an adjustment layer or compound clip to affect the cumulative transparency of multiple layers at once.

Outliner has it’s own scale and crop controls. Application to full screen video follows the cropped edge, unlike the FCP X  “border” effect  that ignores cropping & transparency. Adding multiple Outliner effects increases the fun!

Applying Outliner
Navigate to the effects browser and look for BretFX Outliner. Drag BretFX Outliner to a video clip or graphic in your timeline. If the clip has transparency via alpha channel, key or otherwise the outline and fill will follow the perimeter of the alpha channel.  For full screen video without transparency, the outline and/or fill will follow the perimeter of the video.  In the case of full screen video, the video will have to be scaled back and/or cropped using the SOURCE controls.

EFFECT CONTROLS
Source
The clip will need to be scaled back and cropped to see the outline on a full screen video.

Outline
Control the width, softness, type, color or tint of your outline.
Outline types selectable in the pop-up menu are:
Color – Simply a solid color outline
Texture – The outline is filled with a texture, chosen and adjusted in the TEXTURES section
Custom Texture – The outline is filled with a custom texture or image, selected with the drop zone in the TEXTURES section
None- No border.
The tint checkbox and amount slider turn on the tint of the texture or custom texture, and control its intensity.
The Distance slider creates space between the outline and object.  Click Cleanup Edge to remove any rough edge on the object.

Fill
Control the contents of the area within the border.
Fill types selectable in the pop-up menu are:
Source – No change.  The source image remains as the fill.
Transparent – No image whatsoever, leaving just an outline.
Color – The source image is replaced with a solid color.
Texture – The source image is replaced with a texture, chosen and adjusted in the TEXTURES section
Custom Texture – The source image is replaced with a custom texture or image, selected with the drop zone in the TEXTURES section
The tint checkbox and amount slider turn on the tint of the fill, texture or custom texture, and control its intensity.

Textures
Select from built in textures or choose your own image via a drop zone selector.   You can scale and reposition the texture/image.

COMPATIBILITY
Current Version 1.1 Tested with Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Download includes the Outliner FCP X plugin, and detailed Instructions

Outliner Instructions

(revised 8/13/2017)

Thanks for downloading the BretFX Outliner FCP X plugin! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your productions. If these instructions don’t cover all questions about installation and usage, don’t hesitate to contact support@bretfx.com.

OVERVIEW
Outliner is a fun, easy way to add unique outlines and fills to any video, image or graphic that contains transparency. It is great for stylizing chroma-key footage or livening up graphics, text or logos. Fully control the outline width, softness, color and texture as well as The fill can be made transparent, a solid color, or a texture. Both outline and fill image and texture can be tinted any color. Outliner can be added to an adjustment layer or compound clip to affect the cumulative transparency of multiple layers at once. It has it’s own scale and crop controls so that it can be applied to full screen video and follow the cropped edge, unlike the standard “border” effect in FCP X that ignores transparency and cropping. Adding multiple Outliner effects increases the fun!

COMPATIBILTY
Version 1.1 – Compatible with 10.3.4 +.

CHANGE LOG
OUTLINER 1.1 – Tested with FCP X 10.3.4 – Added “Distance” and “Cleanup edges” functions to allow outliner to create space between the outline and source OUTLINER 1.0 – Tested with FCP X 10.2.3 through 10.3.4 – Initial Release

GETTING STARTED
To install
Version 1.1 will replace previous versions of Outliner. Check compatibility above to make sure it’s compatible with your system. (If there is any doubt, navigate on your hard drive to /Users/username/Movies/Motion Templates/Effects. Locate the BretFX Outliner folder and move it to someplace safe or relabel it something like BretFX Outliner Previous Version.) Double click the DMG file to mount the installer and agree to the license. Next double click the .pkg installer and follow the prompts to finish the installation.

Applying Outliner
In FCP X, navigate to the effects browser and look for BretFX Outliner. Drag BretFX Outliner to a video clip or graphic in your timeline. If the clip has transparency via alpha channel, key or otherwise the outline and fill will follow the perimeter of the alpha channel. For full screen video without transparency, the outline and/or fill will follow the perimeter of the video. In the case of full screen video, the video will have to be scaled back and/or cropped using the SOURCE controls mentioned below. Outliner can be added to an adjustment layer, in which case it will follow the cumulative transparency of all the layers below it. If one of those layers is full screen, and the wish is for outliner to follow the cumulative outline of the transparent layers, then the layers with transparency will need to be compounded (option+G) along with the adjustment layer.

EFFECT CONTROLS
With the layer you applied Outliner to selected in the timeline, open the inspector (if it isn’t already) and you’ll find BretFX Outliner under effects. The adjustable parameters are broken into four categories.

Source
The cropping and scaling controls here are generally used only if you’re applying Outliner to full screen video. Since FCP X limits the application of the effect to the original dimensions of the clip, the clip will need to be scaled back and cropped instead of scaling and cropping with the transform controls. Since the transform controls are applied AFTER the outliner effect, you’d be cropping the Outliner effect itself. Scaling has been limited to scaling down to enable an outline on full screen video. If you need to scale up your image, use the standard FCP X transform controls. If you need to scale back your image to add an outline, but need to retain the same size in your layout, you can scale back a particular percentage (say 50%) and then scale up the matching amount (in this case, 200%) in the transform controls. Of course, full screen video can be scaled back with transform controls, then compounded, and Outliner added to the compound clip, but the source controls were added precisely to avoid the need to do this.

Outline
Control the width, softness, type, color or tint of your outline. The width slider stops at 30. Higher values can be entered, but it’s not recommended because the border starts to lose sharpness. If you’re looking for a soft, feathered outline then you may wish to expand the width beyond 30 and/or increase the outline softness slider to taste. Outline types selectable in the pop-up menu are:

•Color – Simply a solid color outline
•Texture – The outline is filled with a texture, chosen and adjusted in the TEXTURES section
•Custom Texture – The outline is filled with a custom texture or image, selected with the drop zone in the TEXTURES section
•None- No border. Setting the outline border at 0 often yields a small border. Choose none to truly have no border.

The tint checkbox and amount slider turn on the tint of the texture or custom texture, and control its intensity. The outline color doubles as the tint color. If you wish there to be space between the object you’re applying Outliner to, and the outline itself, adjust the Distance slider. This can potentially leave a small very fine outline around the object. Click the Cleanup Edge checkbox to remove it. It will also make your outline slightly thinner so you may wish to increase the thickness to adjust.

Fill
Control the contents of the area within the border. Fill types selectable in the pop-up menu are:

•Source – No change. The source image remains as the fill.
•Transparent – No image whatsoever, leaving just an outline.
•Color – The source image is replaced with a solid color.
•Texture – The source image is replaced with a texture, chosen and adjusted in the TEXTURES section
•Custom Texture – The source image is replaced with a custom texture or image, selected with the drop zone in the TEXTURES section

The tint checkbox and amount slider turn on the tint of the fill, texture or custom texture, and control its intensity. The fill color doubles as the tint color.

Textures
Select from over 30 built in textures or choose your own image or texture to be utilized by the outline and fill. The texture chosen here will be used by both outline and fill when texture or custom texture is chosen by the outline type or fill type pop-up menus. If you don’t wish to use the same texture for outline and fill, then select the texture for the fill, turn off the outline, and apply a second instance of BretFX Outliner to your clip/image and choose a different texture for the outline of the second instance. You can however combine one of the 30+ textures with a custom texture with a single instance of the plugin. To use a custom texture, click on the drop zone box, then click on a clip/image in your timeline or event and then click apply. If you’re trying to use a video clip as a custom texture, it’s best to compound the clip first for more accurate results. If you wish to enlarge the texture or utilize a different portion of the texture, you can scale and reposition it within your outline and fill with the scale and position controls. If you are placing the Outliner effect on a high res graphic or image, you may need to scale up the texture to account for the different image sizes.

Please email with any suggestions or bug reports.

Thanks, have fun, and if you like Outliner please review it on the product page at BretFX.com/product/outliner !

Bret support@bretfx.com

Outliner New Feature Video

Clock Maker Tutorials

A comprehensive set of 4 tutorials covering all aspects of BretFX Clock Maker.

Part One: Position, Size & Rotation, Animation, Text, and Highlight

Part Two: Hands, Tick Marks and Numbers

Part Three: Edge & Background

Part Four: Time Display

Clock Maker Instructions

 (revised 8/13/17)

Thanks for downloading the BretFX Clock Maker FCP X plugin!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your productions. If these instructions don’t cover all questions about installation and usage, don’t hesitate to contact support@bretfx.com.

COMPATIBILTY
Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4+

FEATURES
Clock Maker is a highly customizable, animated clock plugin for FCP X that highlights a particular time frame.  The size, color, position and scale of nearly every aspect of the face, hands, background, tick marks and highlight can be adjusted or turned on/off with unlimited possibilities. It’s great for overlaying over a time lapse or informational graphic. Over  20 presets are installed to get you going, or you can start from scratch. After installing, the plugin and presets are found in Generators under BretFX Clock Maker.

GETTING STARTED

To install
Double click the DMG file to mount the installer and agree to the license. Then, double click the .pkg installer and follow the prompts.

In FCP X, navigate to the generators browser. Drag BretFX Clock Maker or one of over 21 presets to the timeline.    In the viewer window, the scale and placement of the clock can be adjusted with the on screen controls.  Drag the center control to move the entire clock around. Drag within the inner circle to control the scale of the clock. For other adjustments, open the inspector and choose the generator tab where all controls are.

GENERATOR CONTROLS
With Clock Maker selected in the timeline, open the inspector (if it isn’t already) and choose the Generator tab. There are a lot of controls, but most are focused on the look of the clock and are self explanatory. Even so, most controls display helpful information if you click on the title of each adjustment section covered below.

Position, Size & Rotation
Position and Size of the Clock Maker can be adjusted here as well as with the on screen controls. Rotation can only be controlled here in the inspector.

Animation
The clock defaults to animating and highlighting the clock hands and highlight from 12 to 12.  To control the start time, adjust the start time. The slider goes from 0 to 12 and refers to the actual hour (with 0 being 12 of course). Adjust the length of the animation/highlight with the Duration slider.  It refers to the number of hours the clock will animate over. So if the start time is set to 2, and the duration is set to 4, the clock hands will animate from 2 o’clock to 6 o’clock. The highlight will follow along the hour hand and highlight the block of time from 2pm-6pm. Start Delay will adjust how long it takes until the animation starts, and End Hold will adjust the duration of time between when the animation stops and the end of the clip.  Ease In/Out adjusts how smoothly the animation accelerates and decelerates over the course of the animation.

Title
A basic title can be turned on.  It’s position and attributes can be changed like any FCP X title.  It will always move in relation to the position, scale and rotation of the clock.

Highlight
Fully control the color, size, position and opacity of the highlight. Using the Linear Burn mode is more like a real highlight, interacting with the colors and images underneath. It is the likely choice if the clock face is greyscale and not transparent. If this produces unacceptable results then it can be changed to Normal, which will act like a solid element. To see the background underneath in Normal mode the opacity will need to be adjusted.  The normal mode is likely the better choice when the clock background is a color or transparent.

Hands
Turn on/off and/or control the color, opacity, drop shadow of the clock hands. You can choose between standard, modern, and antique hand styles.

Tick Marks
Fully control the color, width, length, position & opacity of the hour tick marks and minute tick marks.  The tick marks can either be rectangular or circular in shape.  In circular shape mode, the width parameter is not applicable. You can also turn on clock face numbers and choose between all 12 numbers or just 12,3,6 &9.  There is also a stopwatch numbers mode, which make it possible to simulate a stopwatch instead of a clock.

Numbers
You may choose between 4 face number styles. All 12 numbers,  just 12,3,6 &9, Roman, or Stopwatch.  You can use any font on your system, but due to the inconsistent kerning and scale of different fonts, results may vary. We wanted to open it up to any font on your machine instead of picking a subset of known functional fonts.  The Roman style is more consistent than standard numbers and more fonts will work correctly.  If a font doesn’t work correctly keep trying until you find one that works.  With the stopwatch style you’ll likely want to turn off the second hand and the minute hand and utilize the hour hand to to simulate a stopwatch.  Clock Maker includes a customizable stopwatch preset with this already done for you.

Edge & Background
Fully control the colors, size, width, bevels and opacity of the Edge and Background of the clock. Utilize the background drop zone to further customize the clock. 4 presets included with Clock Maker (and shown in the demo video) utilize the drop zone by default.  They are Forest, Pin Stripe, Roman, and Sky. The backgrounds shown in the demo aren’t included with Clock Maker, but they  are included with FCP X and can be found in the Generators under backgrounds and textures.

Time Display (beta)
Time Display controls are a bit experimental. This displays a matching digital display of the time. Controls are limited to position, size color and opacity.  To function, Clock Maker must be placed in a compound clip of exactly 10 seconds (default). The compound clip itself can be retimed or trimmed.

Please email about any suggestions or bug reports.

Thanks and have fun!

Bret

support@bretfx.com

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