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Developing Custom Plugins with FxFactory

This webinar is aimed at Mac-based editors or VFX artists who have absolutely no experience with programming but would like to design their own custom plugins for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion or After Effects.

Award-winning editor/plugin designer Tim Dashwood will guide you through the basic steps of creating your own plugins from scratch in Apple's Quartz Composer and then delivering them to After Effects, Premiere Pro, Motion or Final Cut Pro (7 & X) via Noise Industries FxFactory Pro.

Have no fear… we will not write a single line of code during this webinar! If you know how to patch a camera into a capture card input and then into a monitor (or likewise a guitar into an effects pedal and an amp) you will understand how to write your own plugins using node-based programming.

  • Download and install FxFactory Pro (free trial) and Apple's Quartz Composer (free with Apple ID registration).
  • Create your first Quartz Composition that utilizes some basic Core Image effects (distortions, half-tones, gamma, hue, posterization, blur, sharpen, luminance, saturation, etc.).
  • Import your Quartz Composition into FxFactory and create your own custom plugin interface for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion or Final Cut Pro 7 with check boxes, pulldown menus, sliders and angle controls.
  • Create a Final Cut Pro X Template version of your plugin.
  • Intermediate Quartz Composer techniques using multiplexers and conditional patches for basic logic.
  • Save and distribute your custom plugin to other systems at your editing facility (requires FxFactory Pro license to remove trial watermark).
Tim Dashwood is the founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions and co-owner of the Toronto-based S3D production company Stereo3D Unlimited Inc.