PROSTAR LESSON - STAR STREAK FILTER FOR FCPX - PIXEL FILM STUDIOS
Welcome to a PROSTAR™r lesson from Pixel Film Studios. PROSTAR™ allows Final Cut Pro X users to add star filter effects to a scene.
A star lens filter can create streaking bursts from the light sources in the scene… .
PROSTAR™ works off the existing light in the clip… eliminating the need for compositing. Users can simply apply one of the filters to their clip, adjust the look, and ProStar will do the rest
Before starting the project, make sure that your Final Cut Pro X is up to date.
PROSTAR™ requires version 10.1.1 or newer.
You can check your version number by clicking on "About Final Cut Pro" in the Final Cut Pro drop down menu.
STEP 1 - PREPARING THE TIMELINE
Let's begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.
ProStar works best with footage that has a visible light source in the frame to look as realistic as possible…
Once you have your footage in the timeline, scan through the PROSTAR™ presets and select a color that best matches the look you want.
Then, drag and drop the filter on the clip in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.
STEP 2 - ISOLATING THE LIGHT SOURCE
ProStar will need to know where to emit light from. Isolate the light source using the advanced masking tools.
Select the clip in the timeline, to activate on-screen controls in the FCPX Viewer window.
These controls will allow you to surround and isolate the desired light source.
Starting with the center control, move the shape over the light source in the clip.
Now use the arrow controls to scale the overall height and width of your selection.
Last…. use the 8-points on the outside to fine tune the selection of the active area.
Now, let's adjust the quality of the light to best fit the scene.
Go to the FCPX Inspector window to find the customization settings
First, use the sliders in the Light Controls section to adjust the size, rotation and brightness of the star’s streaks.
Then use the "Contrast" and “Softness” sliders to adjust the fall off of the light rays.
Finally, go to the Color Controls section of the Inspector Window.
Adjust the Prism and Color settings to match the environment of your scene.