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Review: SUGARfx HUD

October 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

What is SUGARfx HUD?

A unique set of plug-ins to make your video look like it’s being seen through binoculars, weapon sights, old cameras and a wide range of high-tech gadgetry.

The trial, unlockable version of HUD comes with the standard FxFactory installer.

The Review
HUD comes with 3 filters, Binoculars, On Screen Display and Target. FxFactory can be used with Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. This plug-in package kicks ass. If you shoot your own action shorts or feature films this plug-in is for you. Or if you shoot stylized commercials or anything with extra flare to highlight an item on screen this will do it easily. All Aces Media (my other production company) shoots and produces action films and this plug-in will be in use many times in the future.

HUD Demo

The binoculars alone are very simple. But when you open up the filter and look at the parameters it opens your mind to some cool and unique settings. The presets are great and simple to manipulate. You can add some video effects to the binoculars such as; night vision, infrared, negative and heat sensor.

Here are the basic binoculars…

Here are the binoculars suped up with many of the parameters selected.

The great thing that HUD allows for you to do is to add text to the filter and set a position to place the text in the finished effect. You can re-size the binoculars move the circles apart from each other and create your own effect that has nothing to do with a binocular. You can use it as a quick circular mask if you want to. Very cool effect.

On Screen Display (OSD)
Just like the binoculars the OSD is very easy to manipulate with many parameters to make it very simple or complicated. The OSD is used as a voyeuristic effect, pretty much like you are looking through another viewfinder. It is quiet amazing how the different presets will give you a completely different look.

Here is the default.

Old Camera Preset

Recording on Bad Tape Preset

The elements that come with this effect are all based on video recorders and allow you to select many different controls, such as; record, play, timecode, audio levels, center point and even with text input.

The presets alone are so point on that most of the time all you need to do is select which preset and move on. But it is very flexible to your needs and allows you to customize to your hearts content. Another fantastic effect. I can see this being used as a security monitor, viewfinder in a camcorder, any video recording device or any monitor.

The target effect is more difficult to use as a drag and drop. It comes with no presets but allows you many customizable parameters to make it the best effect out of all of these.

Here is the main setup

The more boxes you check the more adjustments you have to make a killer target. The targets can be a scope from a rifle all the way to a sophisticated radar system. Or you can simply highlight and motion track an object on the screen(that is advanced used in Motion) . Just like the other effects from HUD you can add text to the element to allow the viewer to get information from the effect. You can adjust the size and font of your text or import a text file into the plug-in.

Here are some of the elements selected

I really enjoyed these plug-ins and wish we had a project to use them on at the moment. Just playing with SUGARfx HUD plug-ins allows me to understand what I can do with these plug-ins and opens the mind as far as creativity is concerned. If you didn’t watch the demo video above or had a hard time viewing it on here I highly suggest you visit Noise Industries and view the demo their or go directly to SUGARfx’s site for more information.

My 2¢
Noise Industries and their partners continue to push the envelope and create some killer plug-ins to allow the independent creative community to have access to these effects at a low price point. SUGARfx HUD is a great addition to any filmmakers editing suite of plug-ins. I’m not sure how much one would use this in a commercial production and forget about wedding videos. But I can see some cool effects in small doses for commercial production, but I really see this plug-in for sporting videos, sci-fi action films, music videos, war films, and technology productions.

Price Point
With so many plug-ins and effects hitting the marketplace you really need to know if the effect is for you and how you would use it. This is a no brainier for us, we have a sci-fi film that is in pre-production and this is on the budget list for post production. Just like all plug-ins that come with FXFactory, they allow you to download and try them out risk free for 15 days.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // Feb 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I had a lot of fun with these making my short on CCTVs in London, LONDON EYES.

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