Object Animator saves you hours of time, helping you to avoid key-framing animations you commonly use as an editor. From basic panning to more advanced elastic-type animations, Object Animator lets you easily add professional and creative animations to your logos, images, info graphics, titles, and even video.
UPDATE TO OBJECT ANIMATOR Cineflare decided to update Object Animator with a set of animations used as layers. These are located under Cineflare ObjectAnimator in the “Titles” browser.
The main objective for using title layers is to be able to lengthen or shorten the layer over your element for a longer or shorter duration time simply by physically adjusting the title layer. This allows duration change with these custom animations that was previously not possible with the Effects version of Object Animator. However, you can still access the Effects version in the Effects browser of FCPX.
Inside the parameters window of the title layers you’ll find controls to change the direction of the animation, modify the spread or intensity of the animation, give it a customized motion blur amount, and adjust the fade time of each. You can also turn off and on the axis lines to adjust them to further tweak the animation when you want to change the center point of the axis.
TITLE ANIMATIONS The animations in the Titles browser of Object Animator consist of several new animations in addition to the ones found in the Effects browser. Scroll to the bottom of the animations to also find some extra tools and instructions.
EFFECTS ANIMATIONS Object Animator comes equipped with over 80 options in both the incoming and outgoing animation. One of the great features is the fact that you can choose a different incoming animation from your outgoing animation. Choose the Ease Down animation to bring in your logo, then choose the Elastic Up for your outgoing animation. Changing these up will give you so many combinations and options to fit your style.
One of the biggest benefits of Object Animator is how easy it is to animate your elements onto the timeline. Imagine how much time you will save by simply choosing an option from the drop-down. Then if you decide later you want a different animation, you simply choose that element and choose a different animation option. What if your client decides they want a bounce animation rather than a simple movement animation? You don’t have to go in and delete all the work you already did…you simply choose another option and you’re done!
AXIS CONTROLS When you click the view the Axis Controls, two sets of lines will appear over your frame once you have applied it to a clip. In the first part of your clip the lines controls the X and Y axis of the incoming animation. The lines toward the end of the clip show the control over the outgoing animation. When you adjust these axis lines, you change the X and Y center points of the animation. This is useful for several of the types of animation presets since sometimes you will want the animation points to be different from dead center.
ADDITIONAL ANIMATIONS Cineflare has built in some constant “drift” type animations to give your images some more variety when animating. When adjusting the sliders of these parameters, you can make your elements drift across, zoom in or out, or have a random drift motion across the duration of your clip.
ON-SCREEN CONTROLS Once you have applied one of the Object Animator tools to a clip, you can then go in and change the scale, rotation, and position of the image by simply using the on-screen controls to do so. It’s fast and easy. Also, if you prefer, you can do the same by using the controls in the inspector panel.
DROP SHADOW The drop shadow feature allows you to quickly add a drop show to your elements. If you do this on an image that is a transparent png, for example, it can ad some great depth to your image.
REFLECTION The reflection tool is a customer favorite! For any title, video, image, or logo, click the Reflection option, make a few adjustments, and you instantly have a great looking reflection of your image or element.
LOGO SOLID Sometimes a client will give you a logo that has several colors in it. If you require to make the logo a solid color (for a watermark or something similar), just drag and drop the Logo Solid tool onto that image and adjust the color using the color tool in the inspector window.
VIDEO REFLECTION Cineflare has included a bonus preset that instantly makes a video element into a smaller screen with a reflection below it.
MADE FOR FCPX Object Animator was made exclusively for Final Cut Pro X. It can be found in the Effects browser of the effects panel.