light sabres fcpx

There are two stories here, three new FCPX plugins including Light Sabres, Blaster Bolts and Star Wars style wipes and the fact that the plugin writers are aged 10 and 12! 

Alex aged 12 and Ben aged 10 have written a set of free and commercial plugins branded as Fan Film FX. After all they are fans of movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek and James Bond to name a few, so why not replicate the effects from the films?

We would think that their father, Tim Dashwood might have given them a helping hand with some of the Quartz Composer programming as these plugins are available in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion and FCPX.  (Yes he is their Father!)

We have to say these plugins brought a smile to our face as right in the middle of the largest TV & Video tradeshow, these two young brothers have made the news with great products from their passion about films. It is a wake-up call to all filmmakers, editors and of course plugin makers out there.

The free and commercial plugins are available through FxFactory so the commercial effects are available with a watermark. The free are free! There are more film based plugins to come from the brothers if these aren't the plugins you are looking for.

 

Saber Blade is available in both a free and commercial ($19) paid version.


The free version is very basic and lets you set the colour to red, green or blue and adjust the overall width and glow of the blade. The full-featured paid version lets you also individually adjust the width of each end of the blade for motion blur and perspective effects, adjust the tip pointiness, as well as set the colour to any colour you would like.

Controls are also available to automatically animate flicker and vibration and create a cutout section of the blade for letting it appear to go behind other objects or people

 

 

Blaster Bolt is available in both a free and commercial ($19) paid version.


The free version is very basic and lets you set the colour to red, green or blue and adjust the overall width and glow of the bolt. The full-featured paid version lets you also individually adjust the width of each end of the bolt for perspective effects, as well as set the colour to any colour you would like.

Controls are also available to add motion blur and create a cutout section of the bolt for letting it appear to go behind other objects or people.

 

 

Space Wipes
The Space Wipes plugin transition lets you easily emulate most of the scene transitions from Star Wars.