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Presets: Understanding presets

Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 2:03pm

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Oeyvind

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TUTORIAL
Understanding presets

Many FXhomers have had alot of questions about presets, so I thought I might make a little online tutorial which should cover most aspects of the presets. This tutorial will cover both how to make presets and how to import presets.

NOTE: The presets should be called:
[name of preset].FXpreset_pack
or
[name of preset].FXpreset_pack.zip
(Thanks to Hendo)

Effect presets
Effect presets are different from grading presets. An effect preset contains either a neon light, muzzle flash, optic or particles effect. An effect preset will mainly not affect the shot you already have on the timeline. To alter the look on your current shot in the timeline we use grading presets, which will be covered later in this tutorial.

Saving an effect preset
First we start up our project with our shots or whatever. Lets say we want to make a lensflare, and afterwards save it as a preset for further shots or the FXpreset library. So, we make our lensflare the way we want it.


Now that we're happy about the lensflare we want to make a preset out of it. So, in the timeline we have the original shot and the lensflare effect over it. So what we first do is to right click on the lensflare effect. We'll now get alot of options. Select "Create preset...".


A new window will appear. This is the window where we write about the preset. Name of the preset, Author, a quick overview, description and keyword are things it's wise to describe. If the effect is ment to be animated by anyone depending on their needs, you should select "Just first keyframe" in the "Save keyframes" option. If the effect is intended to move in a particular way, select "All keyframes". (Full details can be found in the manual). When we've described the preset, we select "Save & Export". We'll now get to choose where the preset will be saved.


(This preset can be found here.)

Importing an effect preset
OK, let's say we have a shot which needs our lensflare (or any other effect presets). First we click "File">"Import FXpreset pack.." like this:


Then we browse through the computer to locate the wanted effect. Let's say we want the lensflare we just created. (Allthough self-created presets will automaticly appear on the preset list).


When we've opened the preset we were looking for, it should appear on the list of presets. There are four lists of effect presets. The lensflare is an optic effect, so if we click on the Optics engine a new list will appear below. Locate the lensflare.


Now it's just to drag it onto the timeline. Easy as that! biggrin

Grading presets
A grading preset is a collection of grading tools, placed in a spesific way to create a sertain look. Grading presets are applied directly on the shot.

Saving grading presets
To make our own grading preset we have to first click on "Grade" on the original shot.


We'll now get alot of grading\color correction tools. (With CompositeLab and VisionLab there's a bigger selection of grading tools.) Now we create a cool look by using different tools.


When we're happy about the grading\color correction of the shot, we want to make a preset out of it. This time there's not a seperate layer on the timeline, this filter is integrated into the shot. So we actually right click on the shot and select "Create preset.." like this:


The preset window will appear. As we did with the effect preset, describe the preset. If you look at the FXpreset library you'll notice that thumbnails for grading presets are made by the FXhome team, since we get to compare before and after the filter was applied. Therefor we'll not get any preview options.

Also it's usually best to disable the Quad, Scale and Rotation options, since people might work with material bigger or smaller than what we used here.

When we've described the preset, select "Save & Export" to choose the location of the preset.


(This preset can be found here.)

Importing grading presets
OK, let's say we want to import a grading preset. (In this example we'll just use the one we just created). First you import it by clicking "File">"Import FXpreset pack" and locating the preset. Then right click on the shot in the timeline and select "Apply preset.." like this:


We'll now get a new window where we get to preview all our imported grading presets. Locate the wanted preset.


We've now added the grading preset! To fit your shot perfectly you might want to adjust a little bit on the grading\color correction tools.

Hope this all makes sense! wink

Oeyvind

Last edited Wed, 22nd Mar 2006, 8:10am; edited 2 times in total.

Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 2:12pm

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Klut

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You sure like making those presets, good tutorial mate. 1+
Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 2:35pm

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Clintorules

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Finally! This is an extremely needed tutorial judging by how many "How do i import prests" questions posted on the forum...

Clinto
Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 3:20pm

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Simon K Jones

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Good stuff, Oeyvind. This should help out those people that seem inexplicably incapable of reading the manual. smile
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 1:35am

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Mangekyo

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Great tutorial! biggrin Just one question, can you put a loop on a preset? For instance Im trying to make a lightning preset and I don't want to make many different frames. Can you just put a loop on it?
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 2:29am

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Axeman

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No loops. A key advantage of having a program that generates effects from scratch is that there is no repetition in the effect, a major downside to looping. Since you can set any effect to whatever length you want, looping is unnecessary.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 1:59am

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Mangekyo

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Oh, duh. I should of thought of that lol, guess I just got lazy
Thanks for the reply
Posted: Wed, 12th Aug 2009, 2:50am

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DX6channel

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Is there a way to delete all my presets?
Posted: Wed, 12th Aug 2009, 3:00am

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rogolo

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DX6channel wrote:

Is there a way to delete all my presets?
Not sure why you'd want to, but it seems all of the presets are stored in the Documents/FXhome/YourProgram/presets folder. From there, it seems you can simply delete away to your heart's content.

Alternatively, within your program, you can right-click each preset to delete certain ones individually.