It’s 2017 and with that comes new products and possibilities for those of us in the post production industry. One new product of interest is the new 4K HUD Elements from Luca Visual FX. Luca and his team have outdone themselves by creating a library of heads up display elements that can be mixed and matched to the user’s content. With a library of 137 2D and 3D assets in 4K resolution, this product offers 7 distinct categories of motion graphics which can be a versatile solution for any project.
It is compatible with the following software on Mac & PC:
– Final Cut Pro X
– Adobe Premiere Pro
– Adobe After Effects
– Apple Motion
– Avid Media Composer
– DaVinci Resolve
– Sony Vegas
In this tutorial, Luca showcases the possibilities that you can create with this product using Final Cut Pro X. As stated above, this product will work will in your editing software of choice.
I had the opportunity to try this product out myself and see what I could create. I will highlight some examples and possibilities that I created which I hope will inspire you to add this product to your growing post production library.
7 Categories & Access
As I said before, this product is separated into 7 categories: Data Cruncher, Energy, Frames, Arms & Lower Thirds, Meters & Gauges, Navigation, Targeting and Miscellaneous. With each category, you are presented with unique elements which can be manipulated at will. With each element being 4K resolution, you have the ability to manipulate the size and look of each element to get the desired result.
When you purchase this product, you will be emailed login details to access the HUD Elements 4K Library which grants 24/7 access. With that access you can download each clip you need to add to your project of choice. These motion graphics are rendered at either the Animation codec, ProRes 4444 or H.264 so you know they are flexible depending on your operating system and editing software of choice.
From the demo video you see above, these motion graphics are great for motion tracking to moving objects or people. I have an example of a soccer player kicking a ball in slow motion. In After Effects, I tracked his motion using Mocha Pro and attached HUD Elements to the ball to act like it’s tracking it velocity as well as the player to identify his name and position.
With the HUD Elements tracked to this clip, I’m able to add more production value and make this clip even better than it was before. For my example, I went a step further and keyed out the player the clear blue sky. With player keyed out, I inserted one of the grid elements along with a glow filter and was able to create a cool transition from the normal clip to this awesome composite highlighting the player’s abilities.
Custom Visual Effects
Along with motion tracking, one of the principle ideas behind this product is what you can combine to create something unique. One thing I was able to pull off was creating a portal effect using one of the tunnel clips with the particle rings clips along with footage from SternFX and a 3D model from Element 3D.
This visual effect can be useful for a project which requires my subjects to travel between dimensions and I was able to pull it off very easily without spending too much time creating it from scratch.
The next visual effect I created featured a holographic cell phone call. With some green screen footage and the HUD elements, I was able to track the man’s motion and project a holographic HUD from where his phone was. I accomplished the projection path using the Point Zoom plugin from Red Giant Universe.
The last motion graphic I created featured combining multiple HUD elements to create a custom interface which could be used for any screens. Using various colors and glows, I was able to make certain HUD elements distinguished from each other and pop out more. Great thing about these elements being 4K is despite scaling them down, the quality is still maintained.
Overall, mixing and matching these elements as well as combining them with your favorite filters should create unique results you can reuse over and over again.
Based on my experiences using this product, I believe 4K HUD Elements is something that editors and motion graphic artists are going to want to add to their toolbox. The versatility these elements offer and the production value they add are undeniable. Try them out today!