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.

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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.

Modern Transitions Vol. 1 from Luca Visual FX

The fine folks from Luca Visual FX have released a fantastic new product, Modern Transitions Vol. 1. Modern Transitions Vol. 1 is a stylish and versatile set of 86 contemporary alpha transitions delivered in ProRes 4444 and compatible with both PC and Mac. These transitions are designed for editors to work in popular programs such as Premiere Pro, Avid MC, Final Cut Pro, Motion, After Effects.

I had the opportunity to try out this product and all I can say is wow. It was an amazing opportunity work with one of my favorite plugin developers and offer feedback on a wonderful product. I plan to use this product extensively in my upcoming projects and I encourage you to try the demo clips or purchase it for yourself. Here’s a link to the product page (http://www.lucavisualfx.com/Modern_Transitions.htm) and below is a video demo of these transitions in action. Take a look!

NLE Ninja Effects Tutorial (PPro CS6): Working Faster in Premiere Pro 2

This is the NLE Ninja and I’m here to offer some tips to help you work faster in Premiere Pro CS6. I’ve provided some useful links below if you are new user or if you need a refresher. The tips are time stamped so if you need to look at a specific tip you can click on it. Watch, learn, subscribe and enjoy!

Tips in Order
1. Remapping Shortcuts for Everything (1:04)
2. Nested Sequences (1:49)
3. Anchor Point and Position Values (4:37)
4. Turn Anything w/ Transparency into Adjustment Layer (5:40)
5. Turn off Work Area Bar (8:17)
6. Opt/Alt Drag Duplicates (9:01)
7. Uninterrupted Playback and Beat Cutting (9:51)

NLE Ninja CS6 Shortcuts: http://www.mediafire.com/?0qui1bp62fbib31

Adobe Help: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premierepro/cs/using/WS1c9bc5c2e465a58a91cf0b1038…

Lynda.com Premiere Pro Essential Training: http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-Essential-Trainin…

Josh Weiss (ReTooled.Net Website): http://www.retooled.net/?cat=6

Andrew Devis Premiere Pro CS6 Basics: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/