The team at Luca Visual FX has brought another product to the market which will benefit professionals across Mac and PC platforms. It is the incredible and extraordinary Backgrounds & Overlays. This product is an extremely versatile collection of 100 HD clips which are an indispensable addition to any editor’s library.
It is compatible with the following software:
- Final Cut Pro 7/X
- Adobe Premiere Pro
- Adobe After Effects
- Apple Motion
- Avid Media Composer
- DaVinci Resolve
- Sony Vegas
I had a chance to test drive this new product and outline what is possible with them.
What are Backgrounds & Overlays?
It is a vast collection of 100 Full HD dynamic motion graphic clips designed to be used as backgrounds and/or overlays for a variety of projects. Productions they are useful for are but not limited to include: promos, VJing, music videos, sports, news, corporate and much more. On the dedicated web page at the Luca Visual FX site, you can preview the entire collection and see what each background has to offer.
What are some of the best ways to customize these clips?
Editors can use blend modes from their host programs, change the speed rate, scale, crop, position or add any third party filter or built in effects to customize these clips. Also, stacking several instances of Backgrounds & Overlays allows the creation of complex and beautiful effects by simply using blend modes. Use effects such as blurring and distorting effects to maximize your customization. In this clip, I have some creative examples I have created to showcase how far you can push these clips.
To see how these clips can be manipulated and integrated into your projects, take a look at this tutorial where I show you how to use them with footage and text:
Is it possible to get the Backgrounds & Overlays in a different format?
All files are delivered as .mov files so as long as the user has Quicktime installed everything should work correctly. If you need further assistance, you can contact customer support here.
Can you list some scenarios where these clips work best in?
As mentioned above, they can be used for a variety of video projects. Here is a list of effects that I’ve done which you can try out yourself:
- Video inside of text or shapes effect
- Text backgrounds
- Feathered shape overlays
- Heads up displays
- Frames and borders
- Picture and picture background
- Lower thirds
- 2D & 3D animation inserts
- And many more effects
Overall, I believe that Backgrounds & Overlays will be a product that users will turn to when they need amp up their productions. With the dynamic range of motion graphics and the fully customizable options that are available, the sky is the limit with creative opportunities. I strongly recommend that you download some of the demo watermarked clips if you have not already and see what you’ve been missing. They are now available for download on the web page of Backgrounds & Overlays.
The launch price of Backgrounds & Overlays is $49. Don’t miss out on this versatile product line.
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