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Bring 3D objects into Motion and Final Cut Pro X with mObject from MotionVFX

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We have been teased with test renders and snippets of news about this plugin for a few weeks. It's been well worth the wait as mObject brings amazing 3d textured objects and text into Motion and then into Final Cut Pro X.

Motion has been 3D for quite a few versions now. Well when we say 3D, the camera is 3d, but the scenes are built up from 'postcards in space.'

MotionVFX has just released mObject, a $149 FxPlug based plugin that allows the user to import, texture, light and animate 3D models. The plugin responds to Motion's tools such as the camera and lights making the object fit in naturally to a scene. It also means you don't have to learn how to animate another GUI in 3D space.

This plugin is going to be fantastic for text, the built in 3D bevelling adds a lot of class to mundane text. Let's face it, us editors have to display lots of text wether we are working on broadcast or corporate jobs. How many times have you scrolled up and down the font list in Motion looking for inspiration?

The plug doesn't stop there, not only can you import vector files to extrude, it will also accept true 3D models. 

 

Where are you going to find 3D models for use in the plugin we can hear you ask? MotionVFX has also released 4 packs of models to buy individually. The Sports, City, Military and Music pack all sell for $99 each. 

There is also a Shaders pack for $99 that adds more textures as well as bundles that offer large discounts on the individual prices if bought together.

This plugin will open up a whole new level of creativity with Motion and thus Final Cut Pro X. Szymon has produced this intro to mObject where he runs through a few different examples of the plugin in action. We hope to have a few words from him soon on the plugin and how it was created.

 

We would urge you to watch the tutorials in the playlist below as this plugin is very flexible and it's capable of very complex effects. There are seven in this playlist!!!

 

It's a shame that Apple has stopped adding big new features to Motion. It had a lick of paint when FCPX was released and a few small extras added, but more or less, it has remained the same for a few years. This new plugin from MotionVFX adds a great new dimension to Motion and although it's costs three times the price of the app, the results will look like they have been made on systems costing a lot, lot more. We like it a lot.

 

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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