For those of you who own Final Cut Pro X and like to add on plugins, here is another review of fcpx plugins featuring information on the CoreMelt TrackX tracker plugin for FCPX.
CoreMelt is at it again with another great plugin for FCPX. They first came out with SliceX, which incorporated mocha Pro technology into an appropriate plugin that works with Final Cut Pro X. Now, they have come out with the next one, which is called TrackX.
What is TrackX for FCPX?
TrackX also uses a mocha engine to bring on its 3 tracking abilities. You can pick from a Simple Tracker, a Text Tracker or a Layer Tracker. TrackX allows users to track moving objects in your video so that you can attach graphics or text to it and follow that motion.
In order to do that, this plugin interfaces inside the FCPX program. It allows editors to put in floating lower thirds that can be tracked to movements, substitute an iPad screen or billboard using your video or graphics, plus do several other awesome tasks.
TrackX comes as either a standalone or you can get it bundled with the previous plugin, SliceX, which lets editors get rid of objects or mask the objects. TrackX is used similarly to SliceX as in you just have to drag it into the timeline from the inspector. However, it is located underneath the generators tab instead of the effects tab like SliceX. It puts a generator clip right above the main video clip in a timeline.
Simple to Use, Easy Processes
Once you choose to use TrackX, the resulting interface puts the tracking shapes into a column and you get buttons to use to activate key frames or deactivate the mocha engine, along with a control bar that shows the tracker settings, lets you turn it off and on, change settings, and more. You can put the control bar wherever you like on the computer screen.
There are 3 editing areas, Tracking, Surface and Mask. The processes are all done in easy to follow steps, so it is a great program in that it is easy to understand. For instance, the simple and layer trackers in the plugin have an image well where you can put the graphic or video you are using to go inside the created shapes.
The simple tracker lets you change the size and reposition the surface as it moves with the tracked item. Plus, the layer and text trackers let you change the size and positon of the surface in real time, which is a great thing since it lets you see how it will look when done.
The Layer Tracker ensures that your text in a video ends up with the surface holding it or holding the video or graphic object that directly faces the editor, but it will let you make a surface that looks like it is lying down. It also lets you turn the mask over, do blurring on it, make it look rounder, etc.
The Text Layer does similar things, but it all goes inside a text editor instead of an image well area. The text can be positioned so it moves with a tracked object. It also can access things like margin settings, background colors, line spacing, paragraph styles, etc.
All in all, it is a great plugin to have for FCPX users. For more information on FCPX plugins, take a look here at review of fcpx plugins.