|Review: - CGM Digital
Video Effects for Apple Final Cut Pro
Video Effects for Apple Final Cut Pro
Description: CGM DVE Complete Digital Video
Effects for Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express
Compatible: Final Cut Pro 3, Final Cut Pro 4, Final Cut
Express, and Final Cut Express 2
Languages: English and German
CGM DVE Complete: 131 filters, transitions and generators
also includes a series of Final Cut Pro workshops and 68 soft
Price: downloadable $324.00, Disc $329.00
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Review By Steve
Several years ago, Klaus Eiperle developed such unique
and valuable plug ins for Final Cut Pro that Apple bought his
first set of transitions and filters, CGM DVE Vol. 1+ to be used
as a standard addition to their effects inventory. Then he really
went to work and developed his CGM plug in software Vol. 2.0+
which, after going to look over his site, I purchased right away
and have been happily using ever since. Up until now Klaus has
reliably and steadily notified users of the free upgrades and
improvements to these filters and transitions, which were always
welcome in this editing bay. Well, time for something new and
Klaus has done that by providing 58 additional unique and useful
plug ins to enhance and improve the choices editors now have
at their disposal.
There are simply too many additional
filters and transitions to highlight all of them and for those
many editors who have been using the CGM Vol. 2+ software, you
are probably familiar with at least 2/3s of them. However, it
is that last 3rd that I am happy to show off to you. Before we
take a look, below is the list of the many new transitions and
filters, which come with the complete package.
One very nice and useful generator to
come with the new Vol.3+ is the Arrow generator. It has
a fully animatable arrow that can be moved around the screen
with different lengths and shapes of both the shaft and arrow
point. As part of this neat generator, a text section allows
you to accompany the arrow and is easily moved either horizontally
or vertically around the screen.
For those lazy folk who don't feel like
making their own countdowns and are not opposed to using a countdown
other than Final Cut Pro's, CGM produces a fine countdown that
allows you to change both the colors, as well as to include the
name of your company, film name and copyright and the film length.
This one can be a real timesaver as all the controls for these
functions are right there in the controls tab.
Have you ever wanted to reproduce that
often used text effect where the letters are spinning like a
one armed bandit to take your money in Vegas. Easy as pie with
CGM's new Scrambler generator. Just apply the generator
to the slug or matte, set the duration and type in the text.
The text is of excellent quality on my monitor and it worked
And for those Karaoke lovers among
you...don't be shy, you know who you are, here is the generator
made just for you. After just a few minutes to figure out how
to set the text marker lines, I had a ready-made song to sing.
This can be placed over a plain matte or pictures. Any way you
like it. The colors change as the lyrics go by just like your
regular downtown pub.
In the new filters category, the film
pro filter works nicely right in its default setting. The
additional grain and softness looks genuine with a great many
The star filter also works nicely
giving full control over the length and brightness of the star
streaks as well as body. It can be key framed as a motion graphic
or simply used as a way to give that cheap ring you gave your
girlfriend an extra impressive sparkle in the picture you took
of her on Valentine's Day.
For documentary type effects, the magnifying
glass filter is a nifty way to spice up your film. It works
well adding a realistic effect of the enlarged portion of your
screen. It also adds a drop shadow to the glass enhancing its'
New to the CGM inventory are the Clone
Area and Clone Grain filters. Both can be useful in a number
of ways. This works in a similar manner to many of the Cloning
type filters found in Photoshop. One sets the Bezier points of
the area they wish to copy and then simply goes to the offset
area to adjust the section they wish to place the clone over.
This is more useful with a still object of course, however, if
you have the time and determination it can be key framed to follow
any moving object. I found, however, that using the slider controls
in this, as well as in several of the other filters, to be awkward
in that it was difficult to be very precise. Thus, I would recommend
that you use the sliders to set the initial area and then go
to a numerical setting to provide the precision you will need.
One very important consideration in using
CGM's plugs ins is the excellent product support you receive
from Klaus himself. Over the years I have had the need to email
him with various questions whenever my own brain cells took a
vacation to the Caribbean. He always got back to me quickly with
instructions or explanations. In addition, he monitors the Ken
Stone and other sites and I have seen him respond to many queries
others might have had. His website offers many useful tutorial
workshops and examples of his filters, generators and transitions
in action. I will never understand why this is not provided by
the many other producers of software for those who are considering
making purchases or who, once having bought software, might need
a little help getting started to learn them.
CGM Vol. 3+ Complete is just that, complete.
It combines Volumes 1, 2 and the new 3 in this just released
package. For those who do not already own Vol. 2+ than purchasing
the complete Vol. 3+ is definitely the way to go, as you will
now update your effects windows with the entire spectrum of the
CGM production. For those who already have Vols.1 and 2+ installed
purchasing only the additional generators, transitions and filters
is a welcome option. Purchasing just the new volume comes with
the download price of $174.00 or the get the disc for only $179.00
plus a $10.00 mailing charge.
There are a great number of interesting
and helpful plug in sources on the market today. Some are certainly
interesting but not always things that would be useful on a regular
basis. The CGM package is not one of them, its' diversity and
quality make it an essential tool , one of quality and pragmatic
application. Let me highly recommend it.
Steve Douglas has been an underwater videographer and
contributer to numerous film festivals around the world. The
winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film Competition
and the 2003 IVIE competition, Steve has also worked on the feature
film "The Deep Blue Sea" and is one of the primary
organizers of the San Diego UnderSea Film Festival. He has used
Final Cut Pro since its inception and has taught film production
classes for many students with the San Diego City Schools.
CGM DVE Complete is available for purchase
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Steve Douglas 2004
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