Plugin Solutions For Final Cut Pro, Color, & Motion
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Nattress Filters for Final Cut Pro provide solutions to Video editors:



I've shot a movie in 24p, but I need to include some normal NTSC video B-Roll

If you are editing your 24p movie in a 24p (23.98fps) timeline then you can use the Standards Converter and it's G Film Converter plugin to convert your NTSC video to 24p. This will now integrate with the rest of the video on a 24p timeline.

However, if you shot 24p with normal 3:2 pulldown and are editing in a 29.97fps timeline, then you can use Film Effects and it's G Film plugin to make your video look like 24p but with 3:2 pulldown added.


I'm working in PAL, but I need to include some NTSC B-Roll material

The Standards Converter package and G Converter plugin was designed for exactly this purpose. It produces a high quality conversion of NTSC video to the PAL format . You can also use the Standards Converter to convert from PAL to NTSC, and from NTSC to 24p or 24p to NTSC.


I shot a video on lots of different cameras and need to try and make the visuals look more similar

Although there is no total solution to this problem, Film Effects has been successfully used to make many cameras match visually by applying an overall look to the footage.


On the DVX100 I shot in 24p Advance for some shots, but really I wanted to shoot in 24p Normal

24pAdvance uses the 2:3:3:2 pulldown pattern, which, if not removed, can look jerky. That is why you cannot just leave the pulldown intact and use it direct in a normal NTSC 29.97fps timeline. You have two options:

Capture the 24pAdvance footage as normal NTSC, apply the G Advanced Pulldown Conversion plugin from Standards Converter, or,

Capture the 24pAdvanced footage with FCP set to remove advanced pulldown, place on a 23.98fps timeline, set FCP to add 3:2 pulldown on playout and play out to tape. Now recapture as normal NTSC.


I want to make my video look like film

The Film Effects package was designed for you! Whether you are using PAL, NTSC, or HDV (or HD or SD) Film Effects has settings which will make your video look much more filmic. Film Effects does 25p conversion for PAL frame rates and 24p conversion (with 3:2 pulldown added) for NTSC frame rates. It has over 20 presets and you can make your own. There are over 27 plugins, all designed for different aspects of making your video look filmic and can be used in combinations or separately. Film Effects also gives you immense control over the gamma and tone of your image, so it can be a great tool even when you're not trying to make your video look like film.


I want to make my video look like old Super-8 film

Film Effects has a preset called "Old Projector". This might be exactly what you're looking for, or you can use it as a starting point.


I'm working in 24p, but want to shoot some video that will be slowed down. What will give me the best look with quick render times?

For shooting video that needs to be slowed down, you'll always get the best results shooting at as fast a frame rate as possible. For normal NTSC video cameras, that's 60i. You can then use the G Map Frames plugin that comes with the Standards Conversion package to map each field in turn to a 24p frame creating beautiful 40% slowdown. Similarly, you can map each frame to a 24p frame creating a 80% subtle slowdown.

If you're using PAL video, you can use the G Map Frames plugin to create a great looking 50% slowdown by mapping each field in turn to a 25p frame.


I find my DVDs made from NTSC DVD don't look too good on strong, saturated colours. What can I do?

NTSC DV uses the 4:1:1 chroma sampling format. DVD uses 4:2:0. The Apple DV codec does not smooth the chroma so that when 4:1:1 gets converted to 4:2:0 you will end up with 4:1:0 which looks nasty. Apple include a chroma smoothing filter with FCP, but you'll find G Nice in Set 1 much better, and G Nicer 4:1:1 in Film Effects better still. You need to apply these filters in an uncompressed timeline or else the DV codec will remove the good work these filters do. Also, by doing your final render uncompressed, you'll see gains in picture quality as you will have avoided an extra compression to DV.


I need some help getting a good chroma key from DV footage

DV can be tricky to key off, but it's by no means impossible. Remember good lighting is the key to a good key! Green works better with DV than blue. The Apple DV codec does not smooth chroma. If you're using NTSC DV, try G Nice in Set 1, or G Nicer 4:1:1 in Film Effects which is better still. If you're PAL or HDV, try G Chroma Sharpen from Film Effects.


I videoed a concert and there's lots of camera flashes that are distracting and I'd like to remove them

G Deflash from Set 1 will automatically remove flash frames that appear in a video by removing the frame they occur on.


Reverse video looks really bad in FCP. Do you have a filter that can help?

Yes, download the Free plugins and use G Reverse. The built in FCP reverse does not reverse field order, but G Reverse does, for super nice reverse play.


I want to add more depth and drama to my video

Try applying G Simple S-Gamma from Film Effects to your video - instant drama!


I want to be able to blur the edges of a video

G Vignette from Film Effects has a blur option. You define the shape and size of a region on the screen, and G Vignette will give you the option to blur the region or the video outside the region. It will blend between the inside and outside of the region smoothly to complete the effect.


I want to be able to match some video footage with some film footage in terms frame rate appearance

Les Perkins and Philip Hodgetts had this problem with the the Disney Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary DVD. Read here how they solved it with Film Effects. Alternatively, if you've removed the pulldown from your film source video, you could use Standards Conversion's G Film Converter to convert your NTSC video to 24p.


I want to be able to draw an animated line on a map

Ken Stone shows you how to do this using G Lines from Set 1 here


I want a dissolve that looks like a camera flash

Film Effects has a camera flash plugin, G Film Flash which comes as both a filter and a transition.


I'd like to be able to scroll video or still images across the screen like a film strip

Although you can do this yourself in FCP using the motion tab, nested layers and a lot of patience, it's much easier just to fire up G Videostrip from Set 2.

I'm working in 720p60, but want to include some 60i material

G Map Frames in Standards Converter can do this for you. Normally, in FCP, placing 60i footage in a 60p timeline causes each frame to be repeated. By applying G Map Frames, each field can be extracted and converted to progressive frame so a very smooth conversion.


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