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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:09 AM   #1
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Essential plugins

Hi,

I was wondering what are your essential plugins?

How essential are they?

Am currently researching what i need to get what I want but the more I research the more expensive it gets...

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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #2
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Magic Bullet Looks 1.2 is for me a wonderful plug-in and learn you what you can do with the colors...

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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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Twixtor - for great slow mo
Magic Bullet Collorista - primary CC
Magic Bullet Looks - secondary CC
Too Much Too Soon plug bundle - a few great transitions
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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Neat video for excellent noise reduction
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:28 PM   #6
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Put my votes in for:

Colorista
MB Looks

I can't think of a projects where I don't use at least Looks, and usually Colorista as well.

Neat is on my list as well, although I haven't purchased it yet, I bet I do before my next project.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 06:36 AM   #7
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Thanks..

and these will all work for FCE??
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Old December 10th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #8
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My two favourite:

Neat Video (noise reduction)
Plural Eyes (for syncing multiple cameras and dual system sound)
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Old December 10th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #9
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Oooh! How could I forget about PluralEyes? I have that to - I've only used it on one project so far, but will be using it on all my projects...

And yes, I think all of these are FCP-based.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #10
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All of the mentioned plug-ins work for FCP, but are they necessary? Not for me. I used to buy a lot of plug-ins, particularly for color correction, but to be honest Color can do everything I need and I don't think the plug-ins offer value for money.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #11
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I think it would depend on the individual. Yes, Color can probably do most of what these CC plugs do, but maybe not faster, which can be quite important. Also, I like the flexibility to change color decisions a little later down the line without having to do another pass through color and the roun trip that it involves. If I was good enough of a color correction guy or required serious color correction all the time I'd be in color more than I am but for now the plugs are good enough for my workflow and way faster. To each his own, I guess, but the OP I think is asking what folks consider their most essential plugs - and your answer appears to be "none".
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:06 AM   #12
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Yes Ryan, my answer is "none". The OP also asked "How essential are they?" and it was more that part of his question I was responding to. But I wholeheartedly agree, to each his own.

I've got a heap of plug-ins that I've bought down the years and regularly used to use, but these days I rarely touch them. Mind you I only post-produce my own shoots, so I know what I need at the start of the production.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 04:26 PM   #13
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Noise Industries: The full FXFactory set...affordable and I never do a video without them.
Magic Bullet Looks
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:01 AM   #14
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Nattress Film Effects - lots of nice little helpers, for me definitely the essential plug-in package. Also great for quick grades (highlight blur, very customizable vignette...).

Graeme also offers the only available plug-ins for Color, highly recommendable as well.

Unfortunately I don't excpect too much further developement since Graeme Nattress might be a bit busy being one of the key figures at RED (his job title is "Problem Solver").
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:29 PM   #15
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