Final Effects Complete AVX - 7.3.0 Release Notes
09 August 2013

Final Effects Complete AVX 7.3.0 was released on 8/9/2013 and is an update to:

Final Effects Complete AVX 7 supports the following Avid host applications:



What's New in FEC 7 AVX (Summary of major changes since FEC 6):

  1.      Difference Blend
  2.      Difference Wipe
  3.      Glow Dissolve
  4.      Spiral Blur Dissolve
  5.      Toner Dissolve
  6.      Threshold Dissolve
  7.      Threshold RGB Dissolve
  8.      Turbulence Dissolve
  9.      Vector Blur Dissolve
  10.      Water Waves Dissolve

Video intro to FEC AVX 7.3.0:

Senior product manager Dirk de Jong prepared this video introduction to the new real-time effect preview capabilities in FEC AVX 7.3.0 - a great way to get a quick overview of these feature enhancements and see some of the new FEC7 transitions in action.

Green Dot Real-time Preview Effects and Updated Effect Lists in FEC AVX 7.3.0:

The most significant new change in the FEC AVX 7.3 update for Avid Media Composer is that it now offers many more green dot effects then in the previous version. This means that many more of the effects are capable of real-time preview.

The FEC AVX green dot effects offer a useful real-time draft preview for judging the appearance and animation of unrendered effects. They will generally give much smoother results with the Avid timeline set to draft mode or high performance mode (green/yellow or yellow icon). The real-time preview will drop frames if necessary to maintain the overall timing of the playback. Factors such as how processor intensive the effect is, the resolution and data rate of the media, and the disk drive and processor speed of the system can all affect the smoothness of the real-time preview playback.

Along with having many more effects capable of real-time preview, there are some changes to how the effects appear in the Avid Effects Palette. In previous versions of FEC AVX the letters "RT" were included on the end of the effect names for green dot effects. Now that a significant majority of effects are green dot effects, the "RT" on those effect names has been removed. In cases where both a green dot and a blue dot version of an effect have been maintained the blue dot version now has "MT" on the end of the name. This "MT" indicates that it includes the FEC integrated Motion Tracker which is not a feature that can be supported in the green dot versions. In other cases if an effect had a core feature which could not work in a green dot version those effects have remained as blue dot only effects (for example this is true for effects in the Time category).

Also an attempt has been made in the 7.3 AVX update to clean up some clutter in how the effects appears in the Avid effect palette. In some cases where it used to be necessary to maintain a green dot and a blue dot version of the same effect now we are able to offer just the green dot version. The effects in the 2-Input category no longer offer any unique functionality since Media Composer 6 or higher allows for applying more kinds of effects as single track transitions.

None of these changes will result in missing effects when opening older FEC/Avid sequences using FEC AVX 7.3, but in some cases an effect applied in an older sequence might appear with "OBS" on the end of the effect name which indicates that it uses an effect which now resides in the FEC Obsolete category. Why would an effect be "obsolete" ? There are a few possible reasons. There could now be a green dot version with all the same functionality, or it could be from the 2-Input category whose effects have been moved to the Obsolete category, or maybe it's just an effect that has been superseded by an improved version. If an effect is found in FEC Obsolete that means we suggest seeking an alternate FEC effect when creating a new effect, but that including the lesser effect is necessary to maintain compatibility with older sequences that use it.

FEC AVX 7.3.0 - What's New:

FEC AVX 7.x Compatility Notes :

While in general your previously saved projects should render identically in the newer version, bug fixes and quality improvements can sometimes change the look of older projects. While every effort is made to ensure project compatibility, the following notable areas may see some change to the look of previously saved projects.

FEC AVX 7.3.0 - Known Issues and Limitations:

Copying Presets from Earlier Versions of FEC AVX:

To use presets created in earlier versions of FEC AVX, you need to copy the older presets from their previous preset location to the new "FEC Presets 7" preset folder location. Filter presets are located in individual effect folders inside the FEC Presets 7 folder.

Applying FEC Effects as Transitions:

FEC provides two methods to use effects as transitions (as opposed to the filters in the standard FEC Transitions category which are already customized to function as transitions). The first method is to apply the effect directly to the transition between two clips. The second method is to overlap two clips and apply a FEC effect to one or both layers depending on the desired result. Each method offers advantages. Applying directly to a transition offers the convenience of an Avid transition. For example, trimming and duration changes are easily made and you only have to render a single effect. However, to create a wider range of transition effects, you can use the second method: overlap two clips and apply a filter to each layer. This method provides greater control over parameters.

Applying FEC Effects to Titles and Mattes:

To apply a FEC effect to a title or to an imported matte, drag the effect onto the title. If you Option/Alt-drag to the effect, the effect is applied to the title as well as to any tracks beneath the title in the timeline. For example, to apply a Blur to a title, drag the FEC Blur effect onto the title. To apply a Blur to a title and the background video, Option-drag the FEC Blur effect to the title.

Applying Multiple Filters to Avid Titles and Mattes:

FEC AVX allows you to apply two or more effects to an Avid title or matte without affecting the background. For example, you could apply a FEC Emboss to a title and then blur it. The Title Matte parameter group’s Multi-Filter controls can also be used to apply multiple effects to existing keys, such as chroma keys, without applying them to the entire image.

Working with Presets and Effect Templates:

After you apply and adjust a FEC AVX filter, you can save the parameter settings by pressing the Preset menu and choosing Save. A dialog box allows you to name and save the file. Presets are only compatible with the filter in which they were created. For example, if you attempt to load a Light Blast preset into a Blur filter, the preset is ignored. However, you can also save PixelChooser parameters as presets. FEC AVX includes a selection of preset effects for each filter. These presets are an excellent way to learn the capabilities of a filter.

Resetting Effects:

The Preset menu allows you to save filter settings independently of the media or project. You can return to the Final Effects Complete default settings or to a custom default that you create yourself.

Loading Preset Effects:

To load a previously saved filter settings file, you must first apply the same filter to your media. A list of existing presets also appears in the menu.

Saving Effects as Presets:

You can save favorite filter settings as presets and apply them to multiple projects.

Saving Effect Templates in a Bin:

You can save parameter settings in a bin as an Effect template, just as you save other Avid effects. Effect templates allow you to save effect parameters and use them again to create or modify other effects. Effect templates save parameters set at multiple keyframes.

Applying Effect Templates from a Bin:

To apply all the values from the template, drag the Effect template from the bin to either the Timeline or the Effect Preview monitor in the Effect Editor window.

Saving AVX Effects as Custom Transitions:

You can now save custom transitions to the Avid Quick Transition menu for easy access. This means that custom FEC AVX transitions appear in the Quick Transitions dialog box.