Essential VR video tools for 360° stories.

Alex4D 360° Effects works exclusively with Apple’s Final Cut Pro 10.4 and later. This kit of simple to use effects range from effects that stylise whole spheres of video to those that help viewers notice specific features of the 360° environment. As well as working with spheres of video, they also work with overlays such as logos, pictures and titles.

Alex4D 360° Effects includes three free plugins that can instantly save time in spherical video production.

The pack is divided into six categories: Repeat – to repeat footage and overlays around the sphere, Highlight – to attract attention to specific parts of the environment, Blur – blur parts of your footage and overlays, Stylize – to change the look of whole spheres at a time, Masks – to help overlay areas of 360° content inside other spheres and Flat – to make more of 360° footage used in flat non-spherical videos.

Duncan Shepherd, LA-based VR editor/project supervisor of major productions such as Paul McCartney’s “Pure McCartney VR” and the Winter Olympics “Trending Gold” says:

Alex4D 360° Effects adds vital parts of the VR toolkit to FCPX’s native abilities. I cannot envisage completing a project without them anymore, a genuine “must have” addition for me.

More about Alex4D 360° Effects at fcp.co

Alex4D 360º Effects para Final Cut Pro X in Spanish from Final Cut Argentina.

Tutorial

Basics

360° Reorient 4D – Free: Changes the orientation of a 360° clip which has already had effects applied.

360° Tilt and Direction 4D – Free: Sets the direction and tilt of a 360° clip using on-screen controls.

360° Adjustment Layer 4D title – Free: Any 360° filters applied to this title will apply to all the layers below it. This plugin appears in the Titles browser.

Repeat

360° Repeat Comp Flat 4D: Repeats a flat title or picture in a compound clip in a ring of duplicates that can be positioned in 3D space.

360° Repeat Sphere 4D: Shows multiple copies of the central longitudes of a 360° clip.

Highlight

360° Area Shape 4D: Adds a shape to 360° clips, titles, logos, clips or pictures with transparent areas – in a 360° project. The shape can be overlaid on top of the clip or behind the clip.

360° Enlarge Area 4D: Enlarges an area of a 360° clip.

360° Highlight Area 4D: Attracts attention to an area of a 360° clip in various ways, including by enlarging it, putting a circle around it and darkening and blurring the rest of the clip.

Blur

360° Gaussian Area 4D: Disguises or stylises an area of a 360° clip by applying a gaussian blur to it.

360° Radial Area 4D: Disguises or stylises an area of a 360° clip by applying a radial blur to it.

360° Zoom Area 4D: Disguises or stylises an area of a 360° clip by applying a zoom blur to it.

Stylize

360° Edges 4D: Highlights all the boundaries between colours in a 360° clip.

360° High Pass 4D: Intensifies the contrast in a 360° clip.

360° Line Art 4D: Draws lines over the boundariies between coloured areas in a 360° clip.

360° Pixellate 4D: Scales up the pixels used to show a 360° without scaling up the content.

360° Pixellate Area 4D: Disguises or stylises an area of a 360° clip by scaling up its pixels while keeping the content the same size.

Masks

360° Add Mask and Feather 4D: Applies a mask based on the transparency of a compound clip and adds 360° feathering.

360° Latitude Mask 4D: Shows only selected latitudes of a 360° clip.

360° Longitude Mask 4D: Shows only selected longitudes of a 360° clip.

360° Mask Area 4D: Shows only a chosen area of a 360° spherical video clip or overlay.

Distortion

360° Bulge 4D: Distorts an area of a 360° clip by making it seem closer or further away from the camera.

360° Twirl 4D: Stylises a 360° clip by twisting pixels around a point.

Flat

4 Up 360° 4D: Shows four different views of a 360° clip in a flat project.

Tiny Planet 360° 4D: Shows most of a 360° clip  in a flat project by applying an extreme wide angle lens.

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Download free trial

A fully-functional watermarked version of Alex4D 360° Effects is available through the FxFactory post-production app store.  You remove the watermark from the plugins by purchasing the Alex4D 360° Effects pack in the FxFactory application.

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Restart Final Cut Pro X to see a new ‘Alex4D 360°’ category in the Effects Browser and the Titles Browser.

Removing the watermarks

Trial version effects include a watermark. To remove the watermark, click the Buy button in Final Cut Pro, or in the FxFactory application, click the price button next to the 360° Effects icon in the Alex4D section of the catalog. If you have entered your credit card and billing information, a dialogue box will appear to confirm your purchase. For more information on activating Alex4D 360° Effects, visit the FxFactory website.

System requirements

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or later.

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 or later.

If you have Final Cut Pro X 10.0.0 or later, you can use the Mac App Store to upgrade for free to the current version

Alex4D 360° Effects does not work with earlier versions of Final Cut Pro (5, 6 or 7), or any other video editing application.