All these plugins are so helpful, but there are so many of them...
I'd love to see a list of all the plugins, with a short description of what they do. I think over time I've lost some, and it be would nice to go find a plugin when a particular issue comes up in a project.
Thanks again to all the kind, and very smart people that put these plugins together, and share them.
Great idea! Actually I somehow went through a bunch of your posts last night Peter and found a few I had missed. Also a huge thank you to all of those involved in making them available. just an awesome community.
Many people looking for a plugin are looking to solve a problem, they might not be thinking that they need to find a specific kind of Motion template. An extreme example is Adjustment layer-type effects. Few people would look in the Titles section for these.
How about having a sticky topic at the top of the list with each post having a list of effects from each uploader.
As well as each uploader adding a topic for their new effect they could also update their single post in the sticky topic with a single sentence description of what the effect does, with a link to the topic that has more information on the effect.
Or add a "Category" setting to each post for each type. And allow us to search by Category. It's always easier to search by Metadata, which I wish FCP X would do. Sometimes I really enjoy just scrolling through and window shopping.
Ideally each author would create a single entry in a database with standard keywords which could be searched. Members of the forum could then report if an entry has too many irrelevant keywords (to make sure the database entry doesn't come up as a result on every search). The author and others could then add tutorials and examples of the effect in productions.
All it takes is investment in database plug-ins and a whole lot of UI design!
Perhaps it's best if getting better access to the variety of plug-ins was implemented and maintained using the minimum amount of moderation.
The advantage of a list of plug-ins per post in a sticky would be that to scan all the effects would be much quicker than now. If there were 20 different plugin authors, that would only be 20 posts in a thread. The only moderation needed would be to make sure each description was only a sentence (at least).
If sub-forums were created for effects (and effects implemented using titles), titles (primarily about working with text), generators and transitions, there would be a big imbalance between how many topics each would have. There would be few generators, a few more transitions, some titles and mostly effects. It seems that the effects sub-forum would start with over 6 pages. Not much of an improvement over the current situation.
I'm not proposing that any topics are deleted, moved or merged. Topics should still be added as normal. Just that there is a master list available that can be maintained by authors if they want people to find their work.
You could also have a sticky that lists plug-ins as arbitrary categories with links to the existing topics that have the plug-in entries. Each post could be curated by a moderator or a trusted member of the forum. Post titles could be as you listed: colour correction, lower thirds and go to include lists such as wedding video, halloween, Final Cut Pro 7 workarounds, Avid etc.
Great idea, I guess an alphabetical list with a brief description sounds good, also tags to each effect so you can search by Tittles, Split screens, transitions, color effects, etc. Maybe you guys will find a better system, just my two cents. And thanks to all the creators, you guys rock (hard) and got me excited about FCPX.
I think some categories could be task-based, some based on kind.
When people are looking to solve a problem or get something done, they sometimes know what kind of task a Motion template might help with, but not know which kind might offer the solution.
Some templates are implemented as titles and generators that fall into the task-based categories. For example, when looking to matte a clip or a project, many editors wouldn't know that this feature could be implemented as a title or generator as well as an effect, but might look in the Compositing category.
Stylize - Effects, generators and titles that modify the look of clip frames
Animate - Effects, generators and titles that move the contents of clips as a whole
Compositing - Effects, generators and titles that control how each clip layer interacts with other clip layers
In the case of Transitions, Titles and Generators, most users know they're looking for a title, transition or generator, so these fall into kind-based categories (apart from those that are in a task-based category).