Power Guides

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BretFX Power Guides is everything you’ll ever need in a guides and grid plugin! A comprehensive set of custom guides, film zones, safe zones, center crops and grid options to visually assist in laying out text, graphics or animation in the FCPX viewer. Power Guides is a title effect and therefore can be output to a client monitor or rendered into your final product.

BretFX Power Guides is everything you’ll ever need in a guides and grid plugin! A comprehensive set of custom guides, film zones, safe zones, center crops and grid options to visually assist in laying out text, graphics or animation in the FCPX viewer. Power Guides is a title effect and therefore can be output to a client monitor or rendered into your final product.

FEATURES:

Global Color Settings
Select a color palette defining the colors of the guides, zones, and grid.

Rulers
Choose from 1080p (1920×1080) or 4k UHD (3840×2160) rulers to help get the size and proportions of your layout just right. Exact position of custom guides is displayed in the ruler area adjacent to the guide.

Line Width
Control width of lines in all guides, grid, film and safe zones.

Safe Zones
Display 16:9 or 4:3 Title/Action Safe Zones (plus a center cross).

Film Zones
Display additional guides to help envision how your 16:9 project will look cropped to modern film ratios

Center Cut
Visualize either a 4:3 standard definition compliant 16:9 composition or a 1:1 square composition.

Center Cut Opacity
Control how much you dim the center cut when the center cut box is checked.

Grid
Display a grid to assist in your layouts.

Grid Density
Controls the number of horizontal and vertical grid lines displayed.

Grid Opacity
Controls the opacity of the grid.

Custom Guides
Place custom horizontal and vertical guides where needed with on-screen controls.  Exact x or y position is displayed within the ruler area immediately adjacent to the guide.

Top, Bottom, Left, Right Guides
Control the position of the guides numerically for precise control.

COMPATIBILITY
Final Cut Pro X 10.4.x

INCLUDES
Power Guides FCPX title plugin and Instructions

Instructions

(revised 2/6/2018)

Thanks for purchasing the BretFX Power Guides Final Cut Pro 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 10.4+

FEATURES

BRETFX POWER GUIDES is comprehensive set of custom guides, film zones, safe zones and grid tools to visually assist in laying out text, graphics or animation in the FCPX viewer. Power Guides is a title effect and therefore can be output to a client monitor or rendered into your final product.

INSTALLATION
Double click the DMG file to mount the installer and agree to the license.

Double click the installer pkg to install the BretFX Power Guides plugin. It will appear in the FCPX Titles browser listed under BretFX Power Guides.

HOW TO APPLY
In FCP X, navigate to the Titles browser and find BretFX Power Guides. Drag BretFX Power Guides to the timeline above the area needing visual alignment guides.  The tools in the Power Guides plugin are visible on client monitors and will render and export just like any other title graphic. To prevent this, temporarily turn off the layer by selecting it and pressing the “V” key or delete Power Guides from the timeline.

CONTROLS
Power Guides is a title overlay plugin.  After adding it to the timeline, select the plugin, open the inspector, and use the different controls to choose from a comprehensive set of safe zones, film zones, guides and grid tools to visually assist in laying out your text, graphics and animation in the FCPX viewer.

Global Color Settings
Use the Color Settings pulldown to select a color palette defining the colors of the guides, zones, and grid. Choose from Standard, Vibrant, Muted, Warm, Cool & Ludicrous.

Rulers
Use the Rulers pulldown to choose from 1080p (1920×1080) or 4k UHD (3840×2160) rulers to help get the size and proportions of your layout just right. Or choose “off” to not display any rulers. If you also have Custom Guides turned on their exact x or y position is displayed within the ruler area immediately adjacent to the guide.

Line Width
Globally controls the width of the lines in all guides, grid, film and safe zones.

Safe Zones
Use the Safe Zones pulldown to display 16:9 or 4:3 Title/Action Safe Zones (plus a center cross) either simultaneously or individually. You can also choose “off” to not display any safe zones.

Film Zones
Use the Safe Zones pulldown to display additional guides to help envision how your 16:9 project will look cropped to 2.39:1, 1.85:1 or other modern film ratios

Center Cut
Dims the left and right edges to visualize either a 4:3 standard definition compliant 16:9 composition or a 1:1 square composition popularized by social media sites such as Instagram. Set to “off” for no crop.

Center Cut Opacity
Use this slider to control how much you dim the center cut when the center box is checked

Grid
Check this box to display a grid to assist in your layouts

Grid Density
This slider controls the number of horizontal and vertical grid lines displayed when the Grid box is checked

Grid Opacity
This slider controls the opacity of the grid

Custom Guides
Check this box to turn on the custom guides.  Drag the on screen controls to place custom horizontal and vertical guides where needed.  If rulers are also turned on, guides exact x or y position is displayed within the ruler area immediately adjacent to the guide. If you need more than 2 horizontal and 2 vertical custom guides, you can add another instance of the Power Guides plugin to your timeline.  You can drag the controls off the edge of the viewer to hide them from view or deselect the plugin.

Top, Bottom, Left, Right Guides
These sliders also let you control the position of the guides numerically for precise control.  You can also cut and paste these numbers from one instance to another. These numbers change as you move the on screen controls as well.

Please email about any suggestions or bug reports.

Thanks for your support and have fun!

Bret Williams
support@bretfx.com

2 reviews for Power Guides

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kripa (verified owner)

    Power Guides is the grid overlay plugin I’ve been wanting ever since I began using FCPX over 3 years ago. There’s a lot packed into this one tool: a Grid with density & opacity adjustment, Title/Action Safe zones, Aspect Ratio guides, Rulers, Center Cut overlays for both 4:3 and 1:1 for Instagram, and several color settings depending on your preference. Another feature I really like is the 4 custom Guidelines, easily adjustable using sliders or onscreen handles.

    This is one plugin I know I’ll be using in every project from now on!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen851 (verified owner)

    Extremely helpful and I think this is the best one out on the market. This is exactly what we needed to make our software that much better. This is worth way more.

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