Introduction to FxFactory

Introduction to FxFactory

FxFactory powers a vast collection of visual and audio effects plugins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. The FxFactory application offers an elegant and convenient way to browse our products.

The Products window appears every time you launch the FxFactory application, or by selecting the Products command under the Window menu:

FxFactory

The Products window lets you browse the entire catalog of visual and audio effects available via FxFactory. Each product is summarized by its title and current status:

Product Close-Up

The status gives you a quick summary on the product: whether it is free or commercial, licensed or awaiting registration, etc. Commercial products are always available in trial mode. You can easily buy them to unlock the full version. Products running in trial mode will render with a watermark in the output.

Move your mouse cursor above any given product to access more options:

Product Detail

Click the icon to discover more about that product. You can learn about the video and audio applications it supports, the number of plug-ins included, and you can view any demo or tutorial videos available for that product.

A button next to the product’s icon indicates the sale price. This button is only available for commercial products running in trial mode. Click the button to begin the purchase process, and unlock all plugins and features in that product. When a commercial product has been purchased, video and audio effects will no longer render a watermark in the output. If some features were previously limited or hidden in the trial version, they will become available when the full version is unlocked.

The checkbox to the left of the product’s icon lets you disable the product, and prevent it from being loaded by any video applications on your system. Disabling a product is the easiest method to hide products you may not be interested in. Some products allow for temporary changes to their status. Others cannot be disabled temporarily, and FxFactory will allow you to uninstall the product from your system when you attempt to disable the product.

You can also disable all trial products on your system by selecting the “Disable Trial Products” command under the “Actions” menu.

When you disable a product temporarily, while keeping it on your system, the icon becomes grayed out. There are more reasons a product’s icon may become grayed out: the product may be incompatible with your system configuration, or it may be corrupt and in need to be installed again.

Product Info

More information on any given product can be viewed by clicking the product’s icon. Below are the product info for “Photo Montage”, relevant to the particular system where the screenshot was taken:

Photo Montage Detail

When viewing the “Photo Montage” generators on a system where the product is still running in trial mode, you will notice a button that lets buy that product at the indicated price (plus any applicable sales tax):

Photo Montage

When you purchase and unlock a product, its effects will render without a watermark.

Below the product’s icon, you will find more information on the product, including its contents (plug-ins and/or effects for Final Cut Pro X) and a list of video applications supported by the product. If your system configuration does not meet the minimum requirements to run the product, they too will be listed in this section.

The following example shows the product Information for FxFactory Pro plug-ins, on a system with multiple video applications installed:

Info

The contents section lists how many plug-ins and/or Final Cut Effects are included in the product. Plug-ins are available in all video and audio applications that support plug-ins natively: Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Final Cut Effects are based on Motion Templates, and they available only in Final Cut Pro X. Many products include multiple versions of the same effect, allowing you to use it in more than one application. Browse product information in order to determine which applications are supported by any given product.

If there are video or audio applications on the system that will load this product, they are listed under the next section, labeled “Available in.” If this section is absent on your system, you may have to install or upgrade your video applications.

The last section, labeled “Supported in,” lists information on all video applications where this product can be used. This list will include applications that may not be installed on your system.

Each thumbnail represents a plugin or Final Cut Effect included in the product. When moving your mouse over an effect thumbnail, additional buttons are displayed to allow access to the documentation and video tutorials available for the effect:

Thumbnails

Rest the mouse cursor over any given thumbnail to get more information on the effect. For instance, when browsing the Final Cut Effects that are part of “Photo Montage,” the pop-up window will show you where, in Final Cut Pro X, you can find that effect:

Template Pop-up

When browsing plug-ins rather than Final Cut Effects, resting your mouse over the thumbnail will show you where to find that plug-in in all video applications available on your system:

Plug-In Pop-up

For more information on FxFactory and our visual effects products, please browse our large library of free video tutorials.