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Digieffects upgrade their Damage plugin for FCPX


Digieffects have announced that their plugin 'Damage' is now available for Final Cut Pro X. So if you want to degrade that lovely pin sharp footage into old film, compressed video with artifacts or TV interference for example, this $99 plugin fits the billing.

It's always hard to name software products to give them individuality but maintain some common link across the range. Digieffects have named three of their plugins beginning with a D, which is where the confusion starts!

We reported a few months back that Delerium had already been upgraded to support FCPX, so we will concentrate on Damage. We hope we've got this right!

The problem with shooting footage these days with large sensors is the fact that it can look too good in certain situations. What if you are trying to emulate a breaking up satellite feed or want to make footage look like it was shot on black and white film in the 1920's? Damage is a set of plugins from Digieffects that 'artistically degrade' your footage. We rather like their description:

"You've been talking and we've been listening. To all of you who thirst to wreak more havoc, the scores of you who wish to take all that is beautiful and render it visual debris, and for those of you who have been writing us about all the electronic carnage you daydream about if only you had a way to do it faster, with more options. So we've created Damage v2.5. All the ancient evil of analog signal defects in Skew and Interference, the modern, coldly unsympathetic digital malfunction of Artifact and Blockade...and now, we've harnessed the incompetence at the source. Two new effects in the Damage toolbox, Destabilize and Overexpose, allow you to go back in time...and not only corrupt your footage, but also ruin the image of the camera operator."

We couldn't find a damage demo video on their website, but there are plenty of thumbnails of effects, tutorials and presets for you to peruse. The plugin is available at $99.00 for new customers; $79.00 for users migrating from v1.0; and is a free upgrade for v2.0 customers. There is also a free trial so you can give the plugin a whirl without getting your wallet out. The plugin also supports Motion, FCP6 to 7 After Effects and Premiere PRo on the Mac.

We leave the last word to Robert Sharp, President of Digieffects.

“The entire team at Digieffects has poured themselves into this release to ensure every plug-in across the entire family is rock solid, stable, and ready to integrate into our customers’ workflow. It took a little longer than we’d prefer, but we can proudly stand behind this release.When we first announced our release, I told you that these products are a quantum leap in technological innovation, with significant under-the-hood improvements. The steps we’ve taken these past couple of weeks ensure each product will literally slipstream into users’ editing timelines and VFX workflow - regardless of if they’re a freelancer or running a large post facility. For Final Cut Pro editors working in FCP X, FCP 6 or 7; or if Premiere Pro editors on CS5.5, Digieffects plug-ins will integrate seamlessly, delivering stunning results every time.”

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