dashwood_stereo3d_toolbox

FCPX accepts a lot of formats for editing, one thing it won't do out of the box is allow you to edit in 3D. The newly released Version 4 of the Stereo3D Toolbox plugin from Dashwood Cinema Solutions brings 3D editing with custom onscreen controls to Final Cut Pro X.

FCPX accepts a lot of formats for editing, one thing it won't do straight out of the box is allow you to edit in 3D. The newly released Version 4 of the Stereo3D Toolboxplugin from Dashwood Cinema Solutions brings 3D editing with custom onscreen controls to Final Cut Pro X.

This update to the successful Stereo3D Toolbox plugin was previewed at NAB this year. Tim Dashwood has made good use of the custom onscreen controls that are available to developers who build plugins for FCPX using FxFactory. A lot of the image adjustment can be done onscreen without having to resort to finding fiddly parameters within the inspector. The key to good looking 3D is adjusting the left and right images relative to each other and the OSC method will be fast and accurate.

The plugin comes in two flavours. The full version of Stereo3D Toolbox 4 retails for a hefty $1499. This is a professional tool designed for the highest quality 3D output and still comes in cheaper than other 3D editing solutions out there. The plugin doesn't just work in FCPX either, it also supports Final Cut Pro 6&7, Motion 3,4&5, Final Cut Express (a bit like putting rocket fuel in a Trabant) and Adobe After Effects 8 to 10.5.

We're obviously keen on seeing the plugin work in FCPX and Tim has produced this tutorial. After the setup, we come back to FCPX operations at about 11:23 in. Worth watching until the end to see how depth maps can be created.

If you are a 3D content creator that needs a way to edit 3D in FCPX but you don't need the advanced features of the main plugin, then Stereo3D Toolbox LE 4.0 will fit the bill. This plugin priced at $99 is perfect for matching up footage from a stereo pair of GoPro cameras for example.

Noise Industries have produced a short demo video on the LE version.

This tutorial from Tim is about version 3, but we think it's still relevant to the plugin.