Luca Visual FX Light Kit 2.0


Luca Visual FX has done it again with their line of plugins and this time in comes from updating one of their top plugins, Light Kit. Light Kit has been a collection of plugins for situations where you need abstract flashes, frantic to pulsating blinking lights or quick color stylization. With Light Kit 2.0, 7 new plugins have been added to the kit which will be mainstays for video editors and motion graphic artists alike. These included: Blinks, Color Bands, Color Boost, Night-Time, Retro Color Shader, Stylized Luma and Temperature. I’m going to go in depth how this kit has changed since the 1.0 release. With 7 new plugins added to this kit, they join the 9 original plugins (7 effects and 2 transitions) bringing the total for this kit to 16 plugins overall. I’m going to give a brief description of the plugins that caught my eye and how they can be implemented into your bag of tricks.



Blinks is a plugin that does exactly as you would expect which is that it blinks a color over time. Within this plugin, you affect the whether it blinks across the full frame or a shape in the dropdown menu.

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You can also change the mode from it being a pulsating blink all the way to ramp down or none. Aside from that, you have the ability to change the position, scale, angle, duration, glow and much more. There are 6 presets which ship with this plugin which can be used for great starting points on the effect you are trying to achieve.

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One of the things I like about this plugin is how flexible it is. I can use the shipped presets or create my own blinking custom image. I also like how I can easily create a blinking shape or text effect without having to do a lot of legwork to achieve as shown in this example below.

Color Booster


Color Booster is a plugin that gives your footage a boost of colors based on 2 colors, saturation and gamma. This can be a go to plugin when you need to give your footage a cinematic look without too much hassle.

You have the ability to change the color treatment mode from gradient or uniform. Gradient will color your footage based on the 2 colors of your choosing. Uniform will attempt to mix the parameters across the entire frame.

Color Bands

Color Bands adds varying blocks of alternating color across your footage. In its default form, you get about six bands of color which change color over time. You have the ability to change the style from geometric or random. Changing the overlay mode gives you the option of a simple overlay look or a more diffused look when you choose translucency. The ability to change translucency stands out as it controls how much of your footage is visible between the bands.


What stands out about this plugin to me is how simple it is to overlay a variety of colors without much complexity. Doing this from scratch can be a tedious manner with layer management and blend modes not cooperating. With this easy to use plugin, I worry less about the tediousness of layer management and focus more on the creative options that await me.

Retro Color Shader


Retro Color Shader is an effect that works great when you have footage that features landscapes and/or nature sites and you want to give it a retro/vintage feel similar to filters found in Instagram. With this effect, you have the ability to reposition where lights are coming from as well as their position overall. If you are an FCPX user, you have the ability to manipulate these parameters via the OSC.

Night Time

Night-Time should be your go to effect for times when you need to mimic a day for night shot. Users have the ability to affect highlights, midtowns, shadows and other parameters to achieve the night time shot they are looking for. One parameter to keep on eye is luminosity. It controls the light in the whole image.


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This effect does as it says which is it allows you to modify the temperature of your image. Whether you need to make image warmer or cooler, this effect helps you achieve. Be careful not to overdo it in some of the parameters as it could result in an undesirable image.

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Stylized Luma

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This effect is great for when you need to stylize the highlights in your image. Within this effect, you have the ability to create a subtle diffused look, volumetric zoom blur, motion blur or an isolated color look. This effect works great when combined with the Temperature effect as it can help turn images that maybe overexposed or bright into more appealing shots.

One thing to note about this update is that the UI has been overhauled for FCPX. More options are available to get the look you want than were available from Light Kit 1.0. Parameters vary from plugin to plugin but users now have greater control than they did before.

If you are looking for a plugin that offers quick color styles, pulsating light flashes or the ability to have multiple colors blend into your footage, look no further than Light Kit 2.0. Powered by FxFactory’s engine, all you have to do is download it to try it out for yourself. Light Kit 1.0 users can upgrade to this new version for $29. Email to get details on this offer.

Luca Visual FX 4K HUD Elements


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
– HitFilm
– 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.

Motion Tracking

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!

Luca Visual FX Backgrounds & Overlays

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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
  • HitFilm
  • 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?

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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.

For readers of this article, LVFX is offering a 10% off coupon when you make a purchase using this coupon code: BO2015S

Nodes 2 from Yanobox


Avengers. Ender’s Game. Iron Man 3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes. These are just a few films that have had the opportunity to utilize the plugin that is known as Nodes. With the release of Nodes 2, Yanobox has upped the ante with what this plugin can do. This motion graphic tool can import 3D models, interact with the After Effects camera, link text and images to individual nodes and so much more. The best part is that it supports the most popular editing and compositing programs on the market which include the following: After Effects, Motion, Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro. If you don’t believe how awesome and intricate this plugin is, well then take a look at this demo below.

I’ve had a chance to try out Nodes 2 myself and I was extremely impressed with how quickly I was able to pick it up. Here are a few quick examples of what I was able to create on my own which to my surprised rendered real fast on my iMac.

Overall, Nodes 2 is an incredible plugin that needs to be experienced firsthand to admire the depth it has. With this plugin, I am to create breathtaking and stylized motion graphics that would require multiple plugins and tinkering to achieve look the Nodes can create effortlessly. The fine folks of Noise Industries have provided very detailed tutorials for your favorite software application which you can check out here.

If you are looking for a plugin that imports stunning 3D models, build networks of node structures and allows you to create an limitless amount of text and image connections then look no further than Yanobox Nodes 2. At the price of $299, it’s a no brainer purchase that will save you hours of work and allow you to explore more creative depths than you can imagine.

Luca Visual FX Hi-Tech Overlays

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The team of Luca Visual FX have been working hard to bring a new product in the market that will benefit post production professionals across Mac and PC computers. It is Hi-Tech Overlays. This product line expands on the line of alpha transitions and overlays that LVFX has created in the past with a brand new model for users to access the elements they need at a moment’s notice. I’ve had a chance to preview the new library and had a chat with the guys LVFX. Here are a few questions users may have.


What’s Hi-Tech Overlays?

It is an alternative solution to our Hi-Tech plugins for FCPX that provides users of software such as Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, After Effects, Motion, Final Cut Pro a way to build Hi-Tech mographs for promos, sci-fi, music videos, news and sport, corporate productions and more.

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I see that you implemented a new system for the users to access the product, tell us about it.

Yes, all mographs and images are provided in full resolution and the user will download from our web site only what they need any time they wish, right from the moment of purchase. We started working on this new way of delivering a product in December 2013 and hope to provide the easiest and most convenient way for our users to access a vast library of interchangeable mographs and images.

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Will the library be based on a subscription that you pay monthly or is there a lifetime license?

No monthly subscriptions to pay but only a single lifetime licence that people can easily purchase on our web site. The user will receive unique and safe login details shortly after completing the payment and will be able to download both Hi-Tech default looks of effects like holograms, displays, sci-fi mographs, fractals etc. and individual elements to customise and combine as desired. The library also includes High-Tech Elements Vol.1.

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I have issues with Quicktime on my PC. Is it possible to get the Overlays in a different format?

All files are delivered as .mov so as long as the user has Quicktime correctly installed everything should work correctly.

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Will there be tutorials on how to achieve the results you showed in the demo?

Yes, we have already edited 4 of them and more will come. They show how to customize not only the elements but also how to combine them creatively in order to create unique looks. The first for are available on VIMEO.

If I own the FCPX templates of this product, is there a way to get access to this library to get additional elements?

Hi-Tech Overlays is essentially a cross-platform alternative to Hi-Tech for FCPX that will work with more hosts, FCPX users would find in the library what they have already in the form of FCPX templates. There are however several advantages in using indicvidual layers, we also intend to expand the library and add more and more elements for our users, should FCPX users wish to access the library in order to handle individual layers we recommend to email with their request.

What manipulation options would allow you to get the best results with Hi-Tech Overlays (i.e color change, distortion, time remapping, etc.)

There are tons of ways to modify the overlays, the only limit is one’s creativity. For example with filters the user can indeed change the color and distort (some examples can be seen on the demo) but also add glow, blur and many other stylisations. Another way to create unique compositions is to combine individual elements taken from different categories (i.e. Holograms and sci-fi overlays or Screens and Fractals, you name it), use blend modes to create nice superimpositions and layers. Another great advantage that not even the FCPX template can offer in such extent is the use of any transition you can think of in order to create your own Build-In and Build-Out at the beginning and end of your composition. An example is shown at the very beginning of the demo where all elements come together in different ways. Possibilities are endless!

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Do these elements come with embedded alpha transparency? If they don’t, what would be the best practice for getting transparency?

Yes, absolutely, the alpha channel comes with every single element of Hi-Tech Overlays.

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Overall, I believe Hi-Tech Overlays will definitely be a product with infinite possibilities for the user. The amount of ways you can mix and match the elements will definitely draw the user to think outside the box when they apply mograph to their projects. I strongly recommend that you try experimenting with different colors and manipulation effects to see how far you can push each element. In the process, you may create a unique look that wasn’t thought of before.

The launch price of Hi-Tech Overlays is $39 for the first two weeks. Don’t miss out on this incredible product line.

NLE Ninja now supports FCPX

fcpx-icon256Hey guys! It’s now 2014 and things are looking bright for what’s in store for NLE Ninja. I want to announce that going forward, I will show tutorial support for Final Cut Pro X. With the purchase of a new computer and the recent update to 10.1, I thought it was time to come back to the NLE that started this amazing journey. Here is the bad news. I will no longer show tutorial support for Final Cut Pro 7. In my opinion, I believe it is still a great program to learn to edit on but there comes a time when you have to let things go and move on. So my old tutorials on Final Cut Pro 7 will remain for anyone who wants to review them but I will no longer produce anymore.

In light of my support for Final Cut Pro X, I have produced my first tutorial on the NLE below detailing how to use a free Motion template from More to come in the near future.

Luca Visual FX Hi-Tech Templates

lucapicWith the release of a new collection of plugins known as Hi-Tech, Luca Visual FX becomes the leading plugin developer to offer totally customisable mographs for FCPX. Being this a collection of over 30 FCP X effects templates, post professionals can completely customize mograph elements for a variety of projects ranging from music videos, promos, documentaries, corporate videos and a lot more. Within this collection, users have display screens, fractals, lower thirds and sci-fi based elements. From the promo below, you can witness the depth of intricate and expansive Hi-Tech is.

I had a chance to try out these awesome templates and was immediately impressed with all the options available for manipulations. One element that caught my eye was the fractals. These geometric, colorful patterns animate to simulate light and color effects that have been seen in various sci-fi shows and movies. Color Blast is a fun effect to experiment with. Lots of options under the hood and endless possibilities through experimenting with the built in parameters and blend modes, use the latter and the blur parameters to create even light leaks, flares and light streaks effects. I used it on a clip of a dancer in its default state as well as customized the settings.

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Another effect that stood out to me was the Hi-Tech Vignette. The parameters and capabilities of this effect is something I can see myself using a lot on my work. I gave it a go myself and came to this result.

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Creating holograms for a project can be tedious if you have to do them from scratch. The hologram effects with Hi-Tech are a welcome relief from creating them from scratch and the flexibility they offer are incredible. The default settings alone are eye catching but having the option to use drop wells to place your own clips or rendered models makes it no brainer effect. I tried out both the Holographic objects and Hologram on the left effects. When I saw the objects effect in the promo, I immediately had to try it out for myself. The effect reminds of the Star Wars and Iron Man films where you had rotating 3D object being projected with a nice and subtle glow. I tried these holograms myself on two separate clips. For the objects effect, I tried it on a clip of a woman looking up wearing sunglasses. The default spinning wireframe is cool but I felt it didn’t fit for this particular clip. I tried the other model options and arrived at the atoms animation.

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I tried the holographic screen on the left with an athlete training. I want to give the appearance that athlete was watching some programming while he trains. Using the perspective parameters in the Inspector, I was able to match the perspective of the camera as well as insert my own footage.

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Aside from the fractals and displays, Hi-Tech provides lower third effects. With 5 lower third options available, you are provided with the added benefit of titling with any other effects you use in the Hi-Tech collection and the possibility to implement your own media to achieve your very own look. I tried out the Lower Third default as well as the “free” Sports highlights. Both offer great customization abilities as well as endless possibilities. Take a look below.

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Overall, Hi-Tech is by far the most expansive and affordable collection of customizable mograph plugins I have encountered so far. From the available parameters in the inspector as well as the overall look of each effect, the creative possibilities are only limited to your imagination. Experienced FCP X guru Alex Gollner edited a short demo showing all default looks and quite a few personalised versions.

This is a must have plugin if you want to maximize efficiency in mograph creation. At $49, it’s a purchase that will make your workflow very worthwhile and the good news are that it comes with 2 free sport-themed templates: Highlights and Score-board. Right now, Premiumbeat is offering a giveway of 6 copies of Hi-Tech. To enter, all you have to do is use the auto tweet option and wait until November 29 to find out the winners.

Here is a video of all the images you saw with Hi-Tech applied. An amazing, must have collection of plugins.

Luca Visual FX Alpha Transitions

Alpha TransitionsYears ago, if you wanted to buy high quality motion graphics such as light leaks, film leaders, countdowns and other film effects you were limited to the royalty free site, Artbeats. However, that all changed when Luca Visual FX started selling these items for an affordable price. Since 2010, Luca Visual FX has provided a growing collection of drag and drop Alpha Transitions that work in almost every popular NLE and compositing application. This collection includes Film FX 1 & 2, Leaders, Light Transitions, Grunge and Modern Transitions. With each pack, the user is given anywhere from 16-86 transitions to use on their projects. These transitions are compiled of selection film burns, film flashes, light leaks, countdowns as well as freely interpreted light effects and contemporary looking transitions. I’m going to address how to use these transitions in your next project as well how users on both Mac and PC can benefit from using these transitions. I’ll also touch base on the advantages between using these over plugins.

How To Use Alpha Transitions

These alpha transitions are real easy to use. All you have to do is drag and drop them over your edit point in your NLE. Since they come in both in high resolution, lossless codecs, their quality is always top notch and they also come with embedded transparency. One thing I recommend when you using these transitions is placing a marker at the wipe point of the transition. The wipe point is the point in the transition where it covers the screen or most of it. Having a marker at that point makes it easier to snap to your edit point. Now, you have the ability to manipulate the transition to your liking by changing its scale, position, blend modes and/or color. Best part is you can stack multiple transitions to create one unique transition of your own.

One thing to note is that Alpha Transitions have 2 ways of being using in Final Cut Pro 7. In Final Cut Pro 7, you can actually use some of these Alpha Transitions with the Alpha Transition wipe. All you would have to do is drag them in the first drop well of the Alpha Transition wipe. Then you have the ability to manipulate duration and other parameters.

Advantages over Plugins

One of the advantages to using these transitions over plugin-based transitions is their ease of use. With these drag and drop transitions, there are no parameters to learn or modify. Lay one of them over your edit point and you’ve added instant production value. Better yet, these transitions render and export quickly. Some plugins can be render hogs but you won’t get that with these transitions. You don’t run into the issues you would when dealing with plugins when you have these items. These Alpha transitions are not tied to any software package so you have the option of purchasing the whole collection or a la carte.

Another advantage of these transitions is that they can be used as overlays for your clips, (blend modes like SCREEN OR ADD can enhance the impact of the color and shapes). Although they are shown as transitions, I can overlay them over video clips to give them a distinctive look. Transitions like the Leaders collection or Film FX can give your footage a cinematic or grind house look by placing them on top of your clip. In order to achieve this, you would have to use a filter that can may or may not be RAM intensive and wouldn’t allow you to view it in real time without some rendering.

LVFX offers 2 free tailor made customization of Film Leaders Transitions to buyers who want to change the word, name or even insert a logo.

The ultimate advantage of using these transitions is their cross platform encoding. These transitions come in the Animation and Pro Res 4444 codec. Whether you are working on a Mac or PC, you are able to use these transitions. You don’t have be in the situation where you are a platform switcher and sacrifice access like you would with some plugins. One thing to note is that these transitions work even if you on older OS platforms such as 10.3 and 10.4. These transitions are guaranteed to work with most of your NLE or compositing program.

Overall, Alpha Transitions from Luca Visual FX are a versatile set of transitions. These drag and drop transitions offer the user a lot manipulation options and creative avenues. As a freelance editor, I find myself using these more often than plugin transitions because I’m not bogged down by long render times or complex parameters to change. Try out a demo of these transitions (Modern Transitions you can be fully downloaded as trial watermarked copy) and you will instantly want them on every project from here on out.

There is a special promotion for these alpha transitions going on right now. You can get 20% off any pack when you use the the coupon code CHANCE2WIN. Those who use the code are automatically entered into a drawing where 5 buyers will be chosen to get a free single pack of alpha transitions they don’t already at the end of NAB. So don’t miss your chance to partake in this excellent Alpha Transitions.

Work Smarter Not Harder with Rampant Media Design

As editors and motion graphic designers, we are tasked with bringing our clients’ vision to life through our cuts and creativity on a regular basis. Those of us who have had to create in a short amount of time know the pressure of achieving a certain look or creating a time-consuming mograph element. Lately, I’ve been hearing the phrase “work smarter not harder” thrown around by creative professionals I’ve talked to. That definitely rings true with Rampant Media Design. Sean Mullen has created an array of products that can address a multitude of projects. Have a short film and you need camera made lens flares? Get LightFX. Need to add floating particles to a motion graphic composition and you don’t have or understand your particle plugins or want to endure long renders? Use DustFX. Do you want your show to look like the MTV’s Ridiculousness? Buy Screen Damage and Glitch Transitions. Need to create interesting split screen effects and your crop tool isn’t doing it for you? Get Style Mattes. I can list off all the products in the Rampant product listing and find a use for them.

The point I’m trying to make is these products were made with the philosophy and intent of working smarter not harder. With the growing demand for editors to create on tight deadlines and to give their projects high production values, Rampant has the products to accommodate you. As you can see in any promo video that is on their Youtube channel, all you have to do is drag, drop and go. After you’ve done that, you can continue editing and meet those deadlines. I can personally say that whenever I’m handed a project that needs a quick turn around, Rampant is my go to ”bells and whistles”. I don’t have to go through a volume of discs or converter to get the elements I need for my edit. Just import, drag, drop and go. I am granted more time to edit and revise if needed and spend less time doing the conversion/rendering roulette. The convenience factor it offers me is hard to beat. Below I have provided my experiences/recommendations for some of the Rampant products.

Flare FX

How many times have you ever been in an edit and your client wants lens flare transitions but you don’t have any? There are many lens flare transition plugins on the market to choose from. When time isn’t on your side, do you want to spend hours fiddling with the parameters or would you rather have a pre-made lens flare transitions that fulfills your needs? Look no further than FlareFX. With FlareFX, you get 200 lens flare transitions to play with. I’ve used them on a few edits recently and it gave me more time to focus on the edit than play with parameters of a plugin. Next time you need to add some lens flare transitions between your cuts or reveal a title, look no further than FlareFX.

Film FX 2

One of my top favorite products and go to set of elements when editing. Film FX 2 provides you with those film elements that can make your videos pop instantly. I’ve used them on event highlights, fashion demos and high energy sizzle reels. One thing about Film FX 2 is that you can use it in its default way or turn it into something much more. I’ve used some elements for transitions, overlays and more. The possibilities are endless and with some out of the box thinking you can find new ways to utilize Film FX 2 for your projects.

Color Transitions

These transitions are one of the new additions to the block. I’ve used pattern transitions from other sources before but I prefer these more. With an array of transitions to choose from, you’ll find a place in your project to use them. I’ve used them on a few web shows I’ve cut and I feel these transitions can work in a variety of videos such corporate, event highlights, sizzle reels and even talk shows. In fact, I’ve seen similar transitions like these used on the Talk during the intro segment. One of the things I enjoy about Color Transitions is the speed they animate at and the varying color palette per transition.

Style Mattes

One of the more popular new releases from Rampant Media Design. When this was released, the Rampant community was busy with questions on how to use these. I’ve explained how use this mattes in this video using a variety of NLEs and Graham Cohen explains how to use them FCP X in this video. Style Mattes is a great product because it takes the time out of having to use the crop tool and keyframes to achieve animations like these. Great part about this product is that you can create intros, montages and even transitions really quickly. Once this product was released, I referred any Youtube subscriber who had questions about mattes to this product. There are a lot of possibilities with this product and a must have if you plan on stocking up on Rampant products.

Rampant Music Tracks

The music offerings of Rampant Design have been phenomenal to say the least. With their first few releases, they had music that catered to the hip-hop crowd. The next releases offered a more eclectic collection of tracks that are suited for multiple projects. I remember when I was looking for a theme song for an entertainment show for one of my friends. I watched the Rampant promo for their music tracks and instantly feel in love with a song from their Dirty South collection. Now whenever I hear the intro to my friend’s web show, it reminds me where it came from. I look forward to seeing the future releases of Rampant music tracks. They will definitely have a place in my next project.

Overall, I can say that using Rampant Design products has definitely changed how I approach editing certain projects. If I need an element or transition to give my project instant production value, I’m running Rampant. Sometimes, you don’t have time to create the bells and whistles you would want to. That doesn’t mean your edit should suffer. Once you purchase one Rampant product, you’ll definitely want more and more. But don’t take my word for it, try out their sampler pack and take a look at the growing community they have. The next time you find yourself in a creative bind, work smarter not harder and run Rampant.

Luca Visual FX Review

Since I started using Final Cut Pro some six years ago, I have always been a plugin enthusiast. I wanted to know all my available options for taking my projects from ordinary to extraordinary. One particular group of plugins have always provided me with limitless potential to do that and that was the plugin offerings of Noise Industries. With that, I was exposed to many great plugin developers who could take my edits to the next level. There was one developer who always stood out to me and that was Luca Visual FX. With their plugin offerings inside and outside of the FxFactory engine, I have enjoyed efficiency and client pleasing edits. Besides their great plugin offerings, I was also first exposed to concept of using Light Leaks and Film FX motion graphics to enhance an edit at a moments notice. By dropping just one or more of their movie clips, I could change a piece of footage into something much more than it was intended to be.

Best part about Luca Visual FX is how their products are created from the ground up. The developers start with a blank canvas for all their products and use their skills and creativity to engineer what you see today. And that’s why their products stand out above the rest. One thing I always do is keep all the freebie Luca plugins on a flash drive for when I go to other FCP machines so I can enjoy the benefits on using the variety of transitions and filters that are available. A lot of my clients are fans of the Flash Transition as well as the Flicker effect that’s available in the freebie downloads section here. Luca Visual FX also has some of the best quality customer service I’ve ever dealt with. About a year ago, I had purchased some Film FX motion graphics from them and ran into a snag trying to download them to my external hard drive. Not only did they alleviate the problem, they went out of their way to make sure my experience with the purchased items were everything I paid for.

One of the major accolades Luca Visual FX has achieved is being one of the few companies to take motion graphic items such as film leaders, light leaks and sprocket slips and turn those into plugins that users can modify and create their own versions in programs such as Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects. It was unheard of to see such items in plugin form until Luca Visual FX took a stab at it. Since Luca Visual FX has done this, users are no longer limited to just stock footage libraries anymore. They now have the ability to create various presets and rendered movies to use in their projects which they can use to expand their libraries.

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to test drive products like Modern Transitions Volume 1 and more. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look here. I truly believe this is a must have product to add to your editing arsenal and I can already see the opportunities in future projects to use these transitions. I took it upon myself to commission a set of comprehensive tutorials explaining the intricacies of Luca Visual FX plugin line because I believe there was more to them then meets the eye. You can watch the tutorial I did on Film Leaders here. More tutorials on other plugins will be available in the coming months.

Last but not least, Luca Visual FX is running a contest which you can participate by going here. If you are a Luca Visual FX enthusiast or an editor that likes showing off your competitive spirit, I would encourage you to participate and try to win one of the many prize offerings they have.

Overall, if there is one company I would invest in for plugins and motion graphics it would definitely be Luca Visual FX. For what their products offer to post production users, you can’t go wrong. But don’t just take my word for it, visit and follow them on Twitter @lucavisualfx for news, tips and updates. More amazing products are sure to come and you don’t want to miss out.