Need a background for your video text, graphic or pictures?

BORIS FX’s John Lafauce demonstrates how FCP 6 users can spruce up their Generator backgrounds with the new BCC 5.0 (for FxPlug) Prism filter.

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Save money on pre-made video backgrounds! Quickly design and animate your own unique video backgrounds by combining BCC 5 FxPlug's new Prism filter with your favorite Apple Final Cut Pro Generator.

Download 20 free FCP 6 projects. Each project creates an animated background that combines BCC Prism with varying FCP Generators.


aurora blue push back blue quadrants Elegant Stripes Green Blue Shift
Hazy Red Wine Hot Half Frame Liquid Lavender Orange Fun Painterly
Hazy Red Wine Hazy Pink Wine Rotate Red Grad Salmon Pastels Soft Clouds
Spin Pause Violet Swirls Vortex Warm Swirls Yellow Grid

About the BCC Prism Filter

BCC Prism is typically used to simulate the photographic effect of chromatic aberration in which a bad lens can generate prismatic color fringing along edges of high contrast within the image. This filter is also part of the new OGL category of filters in BCC, which benefit from hardware acceleration to reduce render time.

This special filter can also be applied to popular generators (e.g. - Clouds, Texture, Grid, Gradient, Membrane, Particles, etc.) to give them a completely new look. BCC Prism can be used with generators from any BCC 5.0 supported host or even Boris' own generators, but I chose FCP 6 because I wanted to show just how nicely BCC operates within the new FxPlug architecture. We'll do that in the following tutorial.

Add a FCP Grid Generator

1. Launch Final Cut Pro 6 with BCC 5.0 for FxPlug installed. Create a new project which can be of any size.

2. Inside the Generator pop-up menu, scroll down to the Render submenu and select ‘Grid’ from the list.

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3. Drag the clip in the Viewer to the Timeline

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4. In the top of the Viewer click on the Controls tab to reveal the Grid parameters.  Adjust the following parameters by entering these values (or you can use your own):

  • Line Color = White
  • Background Color = Black
  • Feather = 0.34
  • Line Width = 10
  • Background Width = 141
  • Background Height = 10

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Now that there is a source image to work with, we can have fun and dress it up with BCC Prism.

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