Review: My Take on Noise Industries New FxFactory 4

August 19, 2013

by Jeff Riegel for Noise Industries FxFactory

This week kicks off with a review of Noise Industries go-to software plug-in software, FxFactory 4.  Later in the week, I’ll cover a few of these FCPX plug-ins including the newly released Hawaiki Color, Punchline, Ripple Jumps and Timelines.  Kudos to the Zazil Media Group for allowing me the opportunity to review these fine products for you.

Well before there was the Apple App Store, Noise Industries released FxFactory, a centralized hub for managing visual effects plug-ins from third party vendors.  Since version 1.0 was released in 2006, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ease of use and ability to “try before I buy” backed by comprehensive documentation and (free) online training after purchase, if I needed.

When creative’s install the free software version of FxFactory 4, it functions as a central control point to purchase, license, manage and try an assortment of hundreds of visual effects, generators and transitions for legacy Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion 4 and 5, Adobe After Effects and now Premiere Pro CS6 from a nice variety of third party FX vendors.  If you’re running multiple editing and effects applications, as I am, then you’ll appreciate that one price covers the plug-in installment for all of these hosts on your single system.

Simple Dashboard with Installed and Trial plug-ins. Note: upper left corner where you can choose effects within Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion 4 and 5, Adobe After Effects and now Premiere Pro CS6.

Simple Dashboard with Installed and Trial plug-ins. Note: upper left corner where you can choose effects within Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion 4 and 5, Adobe After Effects and now Premiere Pro CS6.

Noise Industries is eager to let pro’s try out plug-ins before they commit, so each has a free trial.  A fully functional trial version lets you experiment with all the effects as well as the advanced features offered by the paid FxFactory Pro.  There are even a dozen excellent free apps as an extra incentive to install FxFactory, in addition to links to online documentation and tutorials for each.  Freebies include Andy’s Swish Transitions, Andy’s Better 3D, Random Text, Pipinator, a coverflow-style slideshow generator, Barcode simulator, Manifesto static title and title roll, and a Ken Burns Pan and Zoom animation style, to name a few.  FxFactory enables users to activate or deactivate products with a simple and easy to use dashboard.

Each product ranges from $29 to $99 and will integrate nicely into the FxFactory interface with a simple install.  The ability to only pick and choose filters that you want versus a pre-determined bundled package, so common in today’s digital FX world, will allow one to expand their inventory of effects as wallets permit.  Users can see at a glance what they own, what is on trial, and pictorials that show what each effect is capable of…

Pictorials that show what each effect is capable of. Click on one to view more documentation and/or an online tutorial.

Pictorials that show what each effect is capable of. Click on one to view more documentation and/or an online tutorial.

Since day one, as a working editor I have appreciated the free and simple plug-in management system that Noise Industries has created in FxFactory.  They have taken into consideration that we creative pros usually don’t have a lot of time to spend wading through tedious software learning curves but, rather, they stay out of the way during the learning process allowing our creativeness to flow uninterrupted.

Come back tomorrow when I Review Ripple Jumps,  Mapping in FCPX.

Link to Noise Industries FxFactory

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