Noise Industries FxFactory Pro 2
- Competitively priced; extensive plug-in management and customisation; GPU hardware acceleration; redesigned interface; integrated into host application; RSS News World and other strong effects
- For Apple video applications only; less filters than competition; some plug-in require Final Cut Pro 6 and Mac OS X 10.5; node-based customisation is complicated for non-technical users.
FxFactory Pro is available only for Apple's video products (with some features reserved for FCP 6.0) and it doesn't quite match up to some of the competition, such as BCC's 180 plug-ins. However, FxFactory Pro is significantly less expensive. This, and the plug-in customisation make it a strong contender in its market.
Price$ 360.00 (AUD)
FxFactory Pro 2 is a collection of filters, generators and transitions for Apple's Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express, offering 122 effects, including 52 new plug-ins.
All the plug-ins appear within the host application, and can be controlled and applied like native effects. This version offers a redesigned interface complete with previews and a handy search function.
We found a good selection of popular effects in this collection, including some that are comparable to the new filters offered in one of the market leaders, Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 5.0: Scanline resembles BCC Scan Lines, Neon Glow is similar to BCC Led, while Old TV matches Damaged TV (though the FxFactory version includes an option to display a 'reflected' image on the screen).
Some effects were completely new to us, however, such as the RSS World News plug-in, which runs a news-style feed from the Web into your footage. It was easier to apply in Motion than Final Cut Pro, but this plug-in would be handy for assembling a news bulletin intro.
Rendering video in an illustration style is popular at the moment, so the well-stocked Stylise category now adds Artist Sketch and Artist Sketch Colour, which rapidly simulate hand-drawn sketches. Pencil Sketch produces a rougher, more scribbled effect. All three are effective at the default setting, but footage with less contrast will need tweaking.
Other new additions include Random Crop, which creates an animation by dicing up the screen, and Light Streaks, which creates animated smears of light, based on a specified luminance range in the original image. All the effects render quickly, using the graphics hardware in the Mac rather than the CPU to accelerate the process.
There are several filter collections available for the major non-linear editing applications, but unlike most other packages, FxFactory Pro offers an extra management application.
As well as allowing you to expand the number of plug-ins by adding more FxPacks, this management centre makes it simple to customise filters, adjusting the parameters of existing filters to create new effects.
Because the plug-ins are based on the Apple Quartz architecture, FxFactory Pro takes advantage of the built-in Quartz Composer in Mac OS X to drill down and edit the composition behind each plug-in via a node-based interface. A preview screen and a direct editing link from the FxFactory Pro dialogue help the customisation process. This way of working will be familiar to most professional compositors.
There's a contextual help button in each plug-in dialogue box that calls up an informative PDF, but a decent manual would be welcome. FxFactory Pro is available only for Apple's video products (with some features reserved for FCP 6.0) and it doesn't quite match up to some of the competition, such as BCC's 180 plug-ins. However, FxFactory Pro is significantly less expensive. This, and the plug-in customisation make it a strong contender in its market.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
cloudandco Smart Cane
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Xbox One X
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Officeworks hops on voice interface bandwagon with Google Assistant integration
- Amazon confirms early 2018 Australian launch for Alexa and Echo
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- University of Sydney Signs World-First Agreement with Dropbox
- Microsoft delves deeper into AI with new kit bag of tools
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCControl Systems SpecialistACT
- FTResident EngineerOther
- FTSenior SAS DeveloperOther
- CCSenior System EngineerNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCProject ManagerVIC
- FTService Delivery ManagerOther
- CCLinux Platform/Development SpecialistQLD
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperWA
- CCJava Developer - BrisbaneSA
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCJava LeadVIC
- FTSenior SAP Business Analyst (Business Intelligence & Data Management)NSW
- CCAutomation Test AnalystNSW
- TPLevel 1 Helpdesk Support OfficerQLD
- CCReact.js DeveloperQLD
- CCTechnical Lead - BrisbaneNSW
- CCTableau DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Project ManagerQLD
- FTSenior Project CoordinatorOther
- CCDynamics CRM Functional Consultant - BrisbaneVIC
- CCSenior Data governance consultantVIC
- FTProject Manager - Develop Strategy. Need RISI card, Rail bckgrdOther