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xflare ripple tools fcpx plugins

Two new plugins from the FxFactory stable. Xflare from SugarFX adds adjustable flares to footage and the sequel to Ripple Tools is out.

If your contre-jour shots seem a bit laking in punch, Xflare from SugarFx might be able to add those in-demand lens flares. (Actually we think contra-jour is such a great name for a plugin pack that we might release one ourselves!)

Xflare is a $49 pack of more than 30 lens flares for use exclusively in Final Cut Pro X. On-screen controls give the user access to the origin and direction of flare. In the inspector, you will find a range of adjustable controls to fine tune a look or select from one of the built-in presets. Users can also add their own flares into custom drop zones.

Xflare is distributed as part of the FxFactory plugin management system, a watermarked free trial is available


A follow up to Ripple Tools is Ripple Tools II, a set of 12 plugins that range from adding a glow, a vignette, a tilt shift effect or even a range of paths for text. The price for the set is $39 but this has been reduced down to $29  if you buy before Monday may the 29th.

The set of plugins is again distributed via the FxFactory plugin management system a free watermarked trial is available.