Slide Pop Help

What is Slide Pop?

Slide Pop is a Final Cut Pro X effects and transitions pack inspired by the sweet vintage View-Masters of our childhood.

Original and Modified Differences

There are two types of effects and transitions (Original and Modified). They start the same but end differently. You’ll notice the Original ending looks exactly like a View-Master incoming slide, while the modified ending looks like an outgoing slide but doesn’t have a mask in the center.

It’s easy to tell the difference in the effects and transitions browsers. Modified effects and transitions have white arrows in thumbnails. Original effects and transitions have red arrows in thumbnails.

Controls

Most controls are common to all effects and transitions. However, there are a few controls specific to certain effects and transitions. The following controls are the same for all effects and transitions.

Slide Height

Use this slider to adjust the slide height. The larger the number, the taller the height.

Slide Width

Use this slider to adjust the slide width. The larger the number, the wider the width.

Create a widescreen look by adjusting the Slide Height and Width.

Rounded Corners

Use this slider to adjust the corners’ roundness. For sharp corners, go low. For rounded corners, go high. Find the sweet spot and you’ll be a well rounded editor.

Feather

Use this slider to adjust the edge fade. A negative number will fade the edge inward and a positive number will fade the edge outward. Be careful not to ruffle your own feathers.

Shrink the feather (-35) to get a mysterious look. “Who’s that handsome guy kissing her?”

Shake

This slider gives Slide Pop a handheld feel. Like if you want it to look like a three year old hopped up on Mountain Dew* is in charge, just crank the slider up to 100. Want fries with that?

*StupidRaisins.com does not condone giving Mountain Dew to three year olds. StupidRaisins.com is not responsible for any damage done by said three year old. But if it’s awesome, send me a video.

Slide Fuzziness

Some of those old View-Master slides got a bit dirty and fuzzy over time. Let’s face it; when we were kids we didn’t take care of our stuff, either. Use this slider to give your project more or less fuzz depending on your tastes. The higher the number, the more fuzzy and dirty.

Slide Fuzziness cranked up to 100.

Color Presets

Customize your look even further with color presets. Use this dropdown to select different color looks.

Blur

The great thing about View-Masters is that they look 3D. This slight blur gives your project a 3D pop. Be careful. Don’t go too far or you’ll tear your image apart.

Vignette

There is a small vignette applied to your footage. You can turn it on or off with the checkbox.

Freeze Frames

You can make your video footage look like a still image by checking this box or keep it moving by unchecking the box. Unfortunately, unchecking the box will not turn your still images into video footage. I’m still a first year at Hogwarts and haven’t learned that magical spell.

Slide Angle

Corners, Horizontal, Vertical effects and transitions have tilt animations. That means the slides tilt as they come in and out. Use the slide control to set the amount of tilt/angle. The angle will animate to this value over a few frames. Move it to the right to tilt the slide right and move to the left to tilt slide left. Fun Challenge: see if you can straighten out the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Slide Angle set to 40. Looks like the Original View-Master, eh!

Slide Direction (Corners Effects and Transitions)

Use this drop down to select the slide animation direction.

Top Right & Bottom Left – A slide will move to the top right and bottom left corners.

Top Left & Bottom Right – A slide will move to the top left and bottom right corners.

Curve Direction (Horizontal & Vertical Curve Effects and Transitions)

Use this drop down to select the slide animation curve direction.

Horizontal Curve

Up (Smile) – A slide will move to the top right and left corners.

Down (Frown) – A slide will move to the bottom right and left corners.

Vertical Curve

Right – In this option the slides animate to the right corners.

Left – In this option the slides animate to the left corners.

Build In/Out

This control applies to Slide Pop effects but not to transitions. Slide Pop effects animate on and off. You can use the Build In/Out checkboxes to turn the animation on and off.

Sound Effect

Download (right click, save as) the authentic View-Master sound effect. Follow these instructions to use the sound in Final Cut Pro X.

  1. Go to you Mac Hard drive.
  2. Open Library folder.
  3. Open Audio folder.
  4. Open Apple Loops folder.
  5. Open Apple folder.
  6. Open Final Cut Pro Sound Effects folder.
  7. Open Motions & Transitions folder (you can pick whichever you’d like).
  8. Paste the sound effect into that folder.
When you restart FCPX, you’ll find your sound effect in the sounds tab.

Tips Tricks

Make it look exactly like an old View-Master

Drag and drop the “Vertical Original” effect or transition onto your media. Adjust slider to -20 and you’re done!

Scale and move media within slide

Sometimes you may want to change the slide center focus or your media doesn’t fill the canvas. To do this make sure your clip doesn’t have a Slide Pop effect or transition. Position the clip section you want to focus on in the center of the canvas. Next, select the clip and create a new Compound Clip (Option + G). Now drag a Slide Pop effect of transition on top of the compound clip. If you need to adjust the clip, go into the compound clip and make your adjustments.

Mix and match transition styles

Here’s a quick and easy way to mix and match Slide Pop transition styles. For example, you may want the clip to go out horizontally but come in vertically. Follow these steps in this video to mix it up!

Add transition to end or beginning

You may want to add the transition to the beginning or end of your project or a clip. This video will show you how to do that.

View-Master Style Slide Show

Using a combination of the above tricks you can make a View-Master style slide show. Watch this video to learn how.

Got a problem? Yo, I’ll solve it!

Why do I get red blocks with Slide Pop transitions?

If you shorten Slide Pop transitions (this doesn’t happen with Slide Pop effect), you’ll get red blocks on the incoming clip. This is because Slide Pop uses a “scrub” behavior to freeze the frames. By shortening the transition you cut off scrub freeze frame. It’s best to use the transitions’ default duration (2 seconds 16 frames).

FCPX crashes when I use Slide Pop. What gives?

Most likely you’re using a Slide Pop filter AND transition on the same clip. FCPX doesn’t like this and may crash. I’m fixing this however best practice is to use a filter OR a transition on a clip; not both. Take a look at my videos above on how to achieve the look you’re after. If you still need help, please contact me.

When I use a Slide Pop effect the audio and video go out of sync. Why is that?

 If a Slide Pop EFFECT is applied to a clip with a duration other than 2 seconds the audio and video go out of sync. The reason is because Slide Pop EFFECTS use build in/out markers and the loopable area is between those markers. Included with Slide Pop is a “No Animation” template. Use this Effect on clips shorter or longer than 2 seconds.

Need More Help

If you need more help, send me (Dylan) a message.

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