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Product Review: CHV-Electronics Plugins for Final Cut Pro Part 1

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

CHVThis is the first part of a few reviews for CHV-Electronics. In this review I concentrate on the Filters and Transitions, QC Integration FX V1.7.1. CHV-Plugins are great and allow you to open your imagination to create your own custom plugin with their Quartz Composer Developer Tool. What is Quartz Composer you ask?

The Apple Mac OSX operating system includes a large number of image and video editing functions, better known as Core Image and Core Video. The Developer package from Apple, which is included on your OSX installation discs, includes an application called Quartz Composer, which makes these hidden functions directly available on a graphical interface. In order to use Quartz Composer you need to install the Developer package from the OSX installation disc.

Quartz Composer displays the Core Image and Code Video functions as patches with input and output ports. You can use these functions in a very easy way, assemble the patches on the canvas and connect their inputs and outputs with each other. A preview window shows you in real time the effect you are working on. Additionally you can publish the input ports of the patches. With CHV’s QC Integration FX package these published input ports will show up inside Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion as parameters you can use to control your video effect.

If you are looking to plug and play these are some sweet plugins that will immediately allow you to up the look and feel of your production.

Benefits

  • Expandability – New plugins can be added with just a few clicks. Drop the new Quartz Composer files into the three installation folders and with the click of one button you are ready to use the new plugins.
  • Anti-Aliasing – QC Integration FX is the only Quartz Composer related plugin package that fully supports high quality Anti-Aliasing rendering.
  • Professional Quality – Our state of the art render engine supports YUV and RGB rendering with 8, 16 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • Resolution Independent – SD, HD and even webpage resolutions in interlace and progressive scan are fully supported.
  • Create your own plugins – in minutes without the need to write a single line of code by using Apples Quartz Composer.
  • FxPlug technology – Perfect system integration with Apple’s FxPlug technology.

Plugin Controls

  • Timebase FPS – With these two parameters you need to tell the plugins the current framerate of your sequence. The pull-down menu provides you with a set of standard framerates. In manual mode you can define the framerate freely. You can also use FPS slider in the manual mode to speed up or slow down a specific effect.
  • Anti-Aliasing – QC Integration is the only Quartz Composer related plugin package for Final Cut Pro and Motion that fully supports anti-aliasing.
  • Aspect Ratio – Use this control to change the pixel aspect ratio.

System Requirements

  • Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 (or later)
  • Final Cut Pro 6.0.0 (or later)
  • Final Cut Express 4.0 (or later)
  • Motion 2.1.2 (or later)
  • Motion 3 (or later)
  • OSX 10.4 (Tiger)
  • OSX 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Intel or PowerPC Mac qualified to run Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express

My 2¢
There are a few things that I would like to see CHV do to make this an amazing user experience and it is really to help inform the user. It would be great to have a button in the plugin settings that would open a manual for each plugin that describes how the plugin works and the use for it. ‘d also like to see a few tutorials on how to use some of the generators. They have some great examples of generators final output, it would be great to have a step-by-step guide on how they accomplished it.

It is a little confusing from downloading to installing the plugins, you have to follow specific instructions which is not a bad thing, it is not as simple as double clicking and they are installed. Other than that I really have no other critiques for the plugin. CHV-Electronics website is filled with helpful information to help you use their generators or even help you create your own plugin with theri CHV QC Developer Tool.

Tags: Apple · Final Cut Pro · Reviews · Video

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