CoreMelt Gadget V2:

Introduction

Gadget is a set of over 30 useful editors tools for common tasks.

General Features

Graphical Multi-sliders:

Many of the plugins in CoreMelt V2 products now use custom sliders to intuitively demonstrate exactly what the slider controls when thresholds or color based sliders are used.

These sliders allow quick setup to get the feel of creating a look for a plugin, but they cannot
currently be keyframed. If you need to keyframe these controls use the popup menu "Interface" menu to change the controls from "Custom" to "Standard" and you can then keyframe every parameter. You can hold down “ctrl” when dragging any slider to get increased input resolution.

VeeYou Audio Reaction

 

Transition Effects are Available as filters in Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro:

Transitions as filters in Motion and AE

Transition effects that were previously only available in Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express now appear as filters in Motion and After Effects

Graphical Texture/Mask Pulldowns:

Masks or built in textures such ad the Imageflow Fx frames now appear as thumbnails in the menu to allow you to select them easily. You can also add your own masks to the CoreMelt Masks menu by creating a folder in your home directory "~/Library/Application Support/ CoreMelt/V2 Vector Masks". Any PDF, AI or PNG image files placed in that directory will be available for all CoreMelt plugins to use as built in masks. You can customise other texture browsers in the same way, a full list of directories is in the full documentation. 

Quick Start:

Video Filters in FCP/Express, Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Create a new project
  • Drop in the content you wish to edit.
  • Bring up the "filters" panel ("Video Filters" in Final Cut)
  • Browse to the "C2 Gadget - Editors Tools" folder
  • Drag the filter you want onto your content
  • Alter the settings until you have achieved the desired result.

Video Transitions in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express

  • Create a new project.
  • Drop in the two clips of content you wish to edit.
  • Bring up the "Video Transitions" panel.
  • Browse to the "C2 Gadget - Editors Tools" folder
  • Drag the filter you want onto the overlap between your content.
  • Alter the settings until you have achieved the desired result.Transitions as Filters

Video Transitions in Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro

Transition effects are indicated by a star on the end of the effect name in the filters list.

  • Create your composition.
  • Drag your start content onto the timeline.
  • Apply your transition filter to your content.
  • Drag your end content to the image well* named "second image".
  • Edit the "transition time" value.
    • At "Transition Time" value "0", the entire original clip is visible.
    • At "transition time" value "1", the entire "second image" is visible.

* For further information on adding content to an image well, please refer to the help documentation of the software you are using.

 

List of Plugins and Parameters:

3 Colour Key:

3 Colour Key

A chroma keyer based on picking three colors with range, softness and add and subtract for each color

 

4 Point Mask:

4 Point Mask

Creates a mask from various shapes that is positioned using 4 points using onscreen controls. This can be used as a way to mask an effect (especially in FCP X), by duplicating the layer into a connected clip aligned with the original clip, and then applying the effect you wish to use, and "4 Pt Mask Layer".

Unique Parameters:

Use the four onscreen controls to reposition the mask.

 

Advanced Reflection

Resizes the layer and creates a reflection under neath the layer which can be either set to mimic "smooth glass", "rough glass" or "water". The falloff and position of the reflection can be set, and you can also mask the image before applying the reflection using the built in masks or your own mask layer.

 

Bar Code Generator:

Barcode Generator

Creates a randomly animated matte shape of different moving horizontal lines. Useful for overlaying video layers through a mask or applying an effect to moving portions of an image.

Unique Parameters:

Power:
Controls overall opacity of the generator.
Hi, Mid, Low Opacity:
Opacity of different width moving bars.
Hi Mid Low Width:
Allows you to control the width of differing moving bars.

 

Barcode Wipe:

Barcode Wipe

Wipes into another image through a random animated moving mask.

 

Blowout Cross Fade:

Blowout Crossfade

Wipes into another image through a random animated moving mask.

 

Blur Circle MinMax:

Blur Circle MinMax

Blurs the image by different amounts inside and outside a circular mask. Can be used
To fake depth of field or to obscure an object.

Unique Parameters:

Center:
The center of the blurred circle:
Inner Radius, Outer Radius:
Start and end widths of the radial gradient which defines the blur area:
Min Blur, Max Blur:
Miniumum and Maximum amounts of blur to apply at the start and end of the circle.

 

Blur Gradient MinMax:

Blur Gradient MinMax

Blurs the image through a gradient from a minimum to a maximum value.
This can be used to fake depth of field by placing the gradient so that distant objects are more blurred than the foreground.

Unique Parameters:

Point 1, Point 2:
The start and end points of the gradient to apply the blur through.
Min Blur:
The blur amount applied at Point 1.
Max Blur:
The blur amount applied at Point 2.

 

Camera Shake:

Camera Shake

Animates the image as if being shaken by an earthquake or an explosion. Animate the amplitude parameter in order to create the effect of a object passing the camera very fast or a heavy object hitting the ground in front of the camera.

Unique Parameters:

Amplitude:
The amount of camera shake to apply.
Frequency:
The speed of the camera shake.
Motion Blur:
Enable this to apply Motion blur to the camera shake.
Motion Blur Samples:
Increase this number to smooth the motion blur at the expense of rendering time.
Shutter:
Controls the time distance between every motion blur sample.
Zoom to Fit:
Pushes into the image to stop any black coming into frame when the shake is applied.

 

Cheshire Fade:

Chesire Fade

This transition fades away the source image and leaves the edges of to linger longer than the rest of the image. Producing an effect similar to the lingering smile of the famed “Cheshire Cat” in Alice in Wonderland.

 

Clone Layer

Clone Layer

Allows you to select an area of the current frame, layer, or from the previous/next frame, and clone it over the top of another part of the current frame, allowing you to remove unwanted objects from the shot.

 

Debayer:

Debayer

Allows you to debayer a bayered source file.

 

Dewrinkler:

Dewrinkler

Diffuses small details in an image while protecting edge detail. This can be used on faces in order to smooth wrinkles while not destroying the details of eyes, nose etc.

Unique Parameters:

Diffuse Width:
Controls the strength of the diffusion filter.
Diffuse Mix Over:
controls the percentage bleed of the diffusion over the original image.
Edges Thicken:
Control how much edge protection is applied to protect edge detail from being diffused.

 

Diffusion:

Diffusion

Blurs the highlights of the image and mixes them back over the image creating an effect similar to a diffusion filter or shooting video through a stocking.

Unique Parameters:

Diffuse Width:
Controls the strength of the diffusion filter.
Diffuse Mix Over:
controls the percentage bleed of the diffusion over the original image.

 

Explode Away:

Explode Away

Breaks the source image up into squares which fly off the screen.

Unique Parameters:

Speed:
rate at which the squares fly off the screen.
Num H:
Number of horizontal squares that the image is broken into.
Num V:
Number of vertical squares that the image is broken into.
Seed:
Random seed to change the breakup pattern. Using the same seed ensures the random pattern is the same, so for example you can process multiple clips with the same random explosion.

 

Film dissolve:

Film Dissolve

Simulates and optical dissolve in which the light areas of the image dissolve before the darker areas.

 

Heat Haze

Heat Haze

Mimics the effects of heat ripples rising off a hot surface.

 

 

Image Mask Wipe:

Image Mask Wipe

Wipes from one image into the other using a variety of inbuilt images or a user designated mask image.

Unique Parameters:

Direction:
Choose the angle the wipe travels in:
Mask Shape:
Chose a mask shape to apply from a pop up menu.
Blur Width:
controls the softness on the edge of the mask wipe.
Image Well:
allows you to apply a user definable image.

 

Mask and Frame

Applies one of the CoreMelt built in masks or frames to a layer using the graphical image selector to show previews of the mask and frames builtin. You can also insert your own masks or frames into user directories and have them appear in the list. To add your own images insert them into the directory in your home directory Library/Application Support/CoreMelt/Assets/C2 Vector Masks or C2 Vector Frames.

 

Matte Shape Generator:

Matte Shape Generator

Select from a series of graphics with which to create a matt layer. Users can create their own graphics to be used by the generator.

 

Noise Limiter:

Noise Limiter

A combination of noise reduction, median filters and sharpening which can be useful when attempting to improve the quality of old or damaged footage. Includes an option to protect edge detail.

Unique Parameters:

Noise Level:
Amount of noise reduction to apply.
Noise Sharpen:
Controls amount of sharpening applied after Noise Reduction.
Median:
Controls wether to apply a media filter after Noise Reduction.
Protect Edges:
If this option is ticked the effect is not applied to edges.
Edges Detail:
Edges Intensity:
Controls amount and width of edge dectection used to protect detail.
Unsharp Radius, Unsharp Intensity:
Conrols amount of an unsharp mask applied in order to restore contrast.

 

Old Tv:

Old Tv

Applies a tube distortion and mask, scanlines and interference patterns in order to simulate an old color TV.

Unique Parameters:

Screen Curvature:
Amount of curving and distortion of image on the “tube”.
Screen Blur Edge:
Blur amount on screen edge.
Tint Blacks:
Mix of color over blacks.
Saturation:
Degree of saturation decrease.
Scanlines Height:
Height of scanlines.
Scanlines Intensity:
Amount of darkening applied by scanlines.
Noise and Interference Parameters:
Applies static and rolling lines of decreased contrast over the image with controls for intensity for both.

 

PsychoMod:

PsychoMod

A 60’s style mod transition effect with extra disco mirrors and glitzy bits.

Unique Parameters:

Angle:
angle of transition.
Compression:
Distance between bubbles.
Radius:
Size of bubbles.
Width:
Width of tile effect.

 

Panels Mix Off:

Panels Mix Off

Makes the target image mix off in a variety of patterns based on breaking the image up into square panels.

Unique Parameters:

Type:
Choose from:
Dissapear:
makes the source image dissapear one square at a time randomly.
Fade:
makes the source image fade away one square at a time randomly
Shrink:
makes the source image shrink away to nothing one square at a time randomly.
Spin:
makes the source image spin over to reveal the target image in random patterns.
Num H:
Number of horizontal squares that the image is broken into.
Num V:
Number of vertical squares that the image is broken into.
Seed:
Random seed to change the breakup pattern. Using the same seed ensures the random pattern is the same, so for example you can process multiple clips with the same random fade off.

 

Radial Mask Wipe:

Radial Mask Wipe

Wipes from one image to another using a radial mask effect, either using inbuilt shapes or a user designated mask shape.

Unique Parameters:

In/Out:
choose whether the effect goes out from the center or comes in from the outside.
Blur Mask:
softness on mask edges.
Mask Shape:
choose shape from pop up.
Image Well:
allows you to apply a user definable image.

 

Shaded Background:

Creates a lit and textured shaded surface which can be used as a background layer for overlaying inserts or motion graphics. You can control the wall color, smoothness or roughness, and set the spotlight position to create different looks.

 

Spill Supression:

Spill Supression

Allows you to reduce the amount of colour that spills across onto content when shot against a background colour.

 

Spinner:

Spinner

Spins the source image over a number of times and then settles on the back of the panel revealing the target image.

Unique Parameters:

Times Spinning:
The number of times the panel spins around before settling on the back image.
Spin X:
whether to spin on the X axis or not.
Spin Y:
whether to spin on the Y axis or not.
Spin Z:
whether to spin on the Z axis or not.
Edge Color:
The color of the spinner edge.
Edge Thickness:
Thickness of the spinner in Z.

Note that if you use Spin Z, you should turn on either Spin X and Spin Y as well or the image will not stop on the target image.

 

Texture Dissolve:

Texture Dissolve

Dissolve from one image into another through an animated cloud mask.

 

Witness Protection:

Winess Protection

Applies a pixellated or blurred mask shape over the image in order to mask the identity of whistleblowers, mafia informers and other at risk individuals in documentaries or interviews.

Unique Parameters:

Pixelate Size:
Size of pixels to apply over image.
Blur Mask:
The width of the blur to apply to the vignette mask.
Mask Size:
Controls the size of the mask.
Mask Shape:
Allows you to choose different mask shapes from a pop up menu.
Mask Center:
Center of the mask.
Angle:
Allows you to rotate the mask to any angle.
Aspect:
Controls the aspect ratio of the mask.
Invert Mask:
Invert the area of effect.

 

Zipper:

Zipper

Breaks the target image up into horizontal strips which unfold themselves to hide the source image. Or vice versa.

Unique Parameters:

Left Right:
have the zipper come on from the left or the right side.
Grow Reveal:
choose if the target zips over the source image or the source image zips away to reveal the target image.
Num Iterations:
Choose how many slices the image is broken into.
Power:
affects the curvature of the zipper effect.
Spacing:
Change the spacing between the zipper slices.

 

Customisation Options

User Created textures and gradients

VeeYou will make directories in your home directory preferences to allow new textures and gradients to be added. Any vector or raster images (JPG, PNG or PDF are recommended) added to that folder are made available in the image selector list for the appropriate texture type.

For example, to add a new gradient, copy the image into the folder: /Users/**your username**/Library/Application Support/CoreMelt/Assets/C2 Gradients/ (texture images are placed in the "C2 VU Bars Textures" folder)

You do not need to restart Motion, just hit the reload button on the left hand side of the selector list to refresh the list. User made images will appear at the top of the list.

 

Mask Options

Almost every effect has a mask option that limits the range of the effect to a portion of the image. You can either use a range of built in masks or use the image well to apply your own clip as a mask. Please note that in Final Cut Studio 2, the Mask Options group only appears when the "Use Mask" checkbox is ticked.

Note, on plugins which spread out from an area and expand the image (glows and blurs) the Mask area is the source area which the glow or blur will spread out from, not the outerlimit of the effect.

Preview Mask
Shows the mask instead of the final output so you can adjust it precisely.
Invert Mask
Inverts the black and white areas of the mask, so reversing the area of the mask.
Choose Mask
Use this drop down menu to select one of the 24 built in mask shapes. If you select "Use Image Well" then a mask image well appears which you can drop your own mask layer into.
Blur Mask
Tick this to soften the edges of the mask shape.
Blur Strength
Amount in pixels to blur the mask shape.
Mask Position
Move the mask around the layer with this control
Mask Scale
Scale the mask in both X and Y together.
Mask Aspect
Adjust the aspect ratio of the mask shape to stretch it in X.
Mask Rotation
Angle in degrees to rotate the mask.

 

Support Options

You can post support questions to the CoreMelt user forum or use the support form on the CoreMelt website.

We recommend you use the Forms as then other users can see your questions and their answers.