Final Cut Drawing Tool Plugins
         

Drawing Tools Common Controls

             
 

The Lyric Drawing Tools share sets of common sections in their control panels. Each section lets you adjust different attributes of the generated graphic and are described in detail below. The sections are:

RealTime versions: Note that the bold-named, RT versions of the generators leave out certain features to enable realtime playback. These features include line, frame and fill clips and auto fade in/out. If you don't need those features in the graphic you are creating, use the RT versions to avoid the need to render for playback.

 
       

 

The Line and Curve Generators have a Line control panel section that lets you set the line drawing attributes. The controls in this section are similar to those in the Frame section for the various solid shapes.

Thickness sets line thickness in pixels.

Color sets the line color if it has not been overriden by a clip in the Line Image/Clip well.

Opacity sets line opacity in percent.

Softness adds a blur to the line. This is also useful for reducing aliasing (stair-stepping) on angled lines when set to small values between, say between 1 and 4.

In non-RT versions of the generators, an image or video clip can be dropped onto the Line Image/Clip well and the line will be "painted" with that clip or image. In the following example, a Curve line has been filled with NTSC color bar generator.

If the dropped clip is a video, the playing video will act as "animated" paint for the line. Due to a limitation in Final Cut, a dropped video clip will play from its media start, not its current in-point. To have a clip play from an arbitrary starting point, set its in point and nest it in a sequence and drop that sequence onto the clip well.

       

The Line, Curve and Arc Generators all contain a section in their control panels for adding arrow-heads to either end of their geometry. You can add start or end arrows by checking the Start Arrow and/or End Arrow checkboxes. The arrow heads can be of 3 kinds, selected in the Type dropdown menu, Open, Closed or Filled, as shown below.

The size of the head and the angle of the point can be controlled with the Size slider and Angle dial. A higher angle fattens the head, as shown below.

 

The Frame section controls the attributes of frame lines drawn around Polygons, Ovals, Circles & Arcs.

You turn on or off the frame with the Enable Frame checkbox.

Thickness sets line thickness in pixels.

Color sets the line color if it has not been overriden by a clip in the Frame Image/Clip well.

Opacity sets line opacity in percent.

Softness adds a blur to the line. This is also useful for reducing aliasing (stair-stepping) on angled edges when set to small values between, say between 1 and 4.

In non-RT versions of the generators, an image or video clip can be dropped onto the Frame Image/Clip well and the frame will be "painted" with that clip or image. If the dropped clip is a video, the playing video will act as "animated" paint for the frame. Due to a limitation in Final Cut, a dropped video clip will play from its media start, not its current in-point. To have a clip play from an arbitrary starting point, set its in point and nest it in a sequence and drop that sequence onto the clip well.

 

All the Polygon and Line Generators allow you to apply a rounding to corners. This is enabled and controlled by the Rounded Corners section in their control panels. The Enabled Rounded Corners checkbox enables or disables corner-rounding. The Radius slider sets the corner radius, as shown in the examples below:

Note that the actual drawn radius may be limited if the rounding of one corner would overlap with the rounding on the next on any pair of corners in the graphic.

Note that if Bevel is enabled on filled graphics, the Bevel Width control overrides the corner radius for rounded corners, since the bevel and the rounded corner must be kept in step in order to draw correctly.

 

All the closed area generators, Polygons, Ovals & Circles, Wedges and Grids provide control over area filling in the Fill section of their control panels.

Enable Fill turns on or off filling. Unfilled graphics have transparent interiors.

Color sets the fill color if it has not been overriden by a clip in the Fill Image/Clip well.

Opacity sets line opacity in percent.

Softness adds a blur to the line.

In non-RT versions of the generators, the area fill can also be sourced from an image or video clip by dropping the image or clip onto the Fill Image/Clip well. By default, the image or clip is scaled to its normal full-screen size and the graphic acts as a kind of mask, providing a clipped view of the image at the graphic's position on the screen. In the example on the left below, a square in the middle of the screen had an NTSC color bar generator dropped on its clip well. Only that portion of the color bars covered by the square is used as fill. If you move the square around the screen, different sections of the color bar image will be revealed as the fill. In the example on the right, the Fit Clip checkbox has been checked, causing the generator to auto-scale and move the fill clip to fit the graphic.

A fitted clip is always scaled to maintain its original aspect-ratio, so in cases where the graphic does not have the same aspect-ration as the fill clip, it will be scaled to fit the largest dimension and clipped to fit the smallest, as in the example below. Note also that rotating the graphic using its rotation control does not rotate the fill clip, allowing you to construct interesting clip bounds. You can rotate both the graphic and its contained clip using the rotation controls in the Motion panel.

If the dropped clip is a video, the video will play though the graphic fill area. Due to a limitation in Final Cut, a dropped video clip will play from its media start, not its current in-point. To have a clip play from an arbitrary starting point, set its in point and nest it in a sequence and drop that sequence onto the clip well.

 

The Polygon and Grid generators allow the fill area to be beveled, under the control of the Bevel section in their control panels.

Enable Bevel turns on or off beveling, as shown in the example on the left below. Note that only color-fills are beveled, clip-filled graphics ignore the Bevel setting.

Width sets the width, or apparent depth, of the bevel. The middle example below shows the bevel width increased from 10 to 19. Note that if Rounded Corners is also enabled on filled graphics, the bevel Width control overrides the corner radius for rounded corners, since the bevel and the rounded corner must be kept in step in order to draw correctly.

Light Direction sets the direction of the lighting for the bevel. The angle control indicator points in the direction from which the light is shining. In the middle example below, the light has been swung down to the bottom left.

Contrast controls the light and shadow intensity. In the example on the right below, increased contrast makes the lit edges brighter and the shadowed edges darker.

 

All the Lyric Drawing Tool generators include a built-in drop-shadow effect. It is functionally similar to the drop-shadow controls in the Motion panel.

Enable Drop Shadow turns on or off the drop-shadow. As would be expected, shadows for unfilled, framed graphics only show shadows for the edges, as in the example on the right below. If you soften the frame or fill, the shadow will also soften in concert.

Color sets the shadow color.

Distance sets the shadow offset, or the apparent distance betweent the graphic and the background.

Light Direction sets the direction from which the shadow lighting is coming.

 

All the non-RT versions of the Lyric Drawing Tool generators include an automatic fade-in/fade-out capability, equivalent to adding a Dissolve transition to each end of the generated clip.

Enable Fade In/Fade Out turns on or off the auto fade.

Fade Duration sets the number of frames for both the fade-in at the start of the clip and fade-out at the end of clip.

     

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