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  • Is it possible to add a control to a commercially sold transition plug-in?

    Posted by Tim Wilde on April 4, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    Much to my disappointment, I have discovered that the Pixel Film Studios transition plug-ins are lacking needed controls (like changing the speed of fade in). I asked if one such transition can be edited in Motion and was told it’s not possible. I understand the need to protect IP but I think licensees should be able to at least add a control. Is there a workaround?

    Ben Balser replied 3 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Pablo Rivasplata

    April 4, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    If you asked your vendor, then you already have an answer. I suggest you try for very efficient and costumizable plug-ins.


  • John Fishback

    April 4, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    Have you tried to adjust the transition duration in the timeline? If not, select the transition, click Control+D, enter a new time, and Enter. Most transitions can be changed this way.

  • Tim Wilde

    April 4, 2024 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you, I ‘ll give it a look.

  • Tim Wilde

    April 4, 2024 at 9:04 pm

    Yes, I have split up resulting ranges so I could manipulate the speed, but my example was just the first one that came to mind, AND, that’s a lot of trouble to go to for something that should be easy. There have been numerous instances with their products where I have found them to be missing obviously needed controls. Crippled, really, and why? Their products demo and read well, and you don’t realize what’s missing until too late. If they’re trying to keep the product simple, offer an advanced user option that would reveal additional controls.

  • Tim Wilde

    April 4, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    I presume it is possible to lock a published Apple Motion effect. Since almost everything else — e.g., password-protected PDFs — can be circumvented, I was hoping someone might know a workaround. I realize there might be a thin line between IP theft and right-to-fix, but given articles like this one it looks like the plug-in biz isn’t very airtight.

  • Ben Balser

    April 5, 2024 at 12:13 pm

    PFS does not have a very good reputation, I’d simply stay far away from their products.

    But no, you can’t lock Motion created templates, but not all templates are created in Motion.

    Some Templates are made in Motion, and you can modify them.

    And some templates are coded with FxPlug and Xcode, and you won’t see them in the Motion Templates folder, you can’t open them in Motion, you cannot alter them. Unless you’re an experienced programmer and know how to recode them.

    Simple as that. They may be coded thus you can’t alter them in Motion. This is true for any developer.

    Again, I’d not trust PFS products at all.

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