In this weeks episode, Jeff takes a look at using Stupid raising data Pop to easily animate graphical data
- Welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. You just have me this week, it's Jeff. I want to talk about a solution for charts. Frankly, I'm not a graphic designer. When I deal with that sort of stuff, I talk to somebody like Nick. I have them do pretty stuff. I'm not that great at, or I don't want to spend the time doing pretty stuff, is probably the best line. It just takes me too long. And recently I ran across Stupid Raisins Data Pop, and they've got a lot of really cool plugins through FXFactory, but I particularly want to take a look at their Data Pop plugins.
So, some practicals here. It's from FXFactory.com, it's 99 bucks. When you download and you install FXFactory, they have all these different Pop plugins and we're specifically looking at Data Pop. I want you to know that they have some free ones as well. I believe it's four of them, I'm just going to click here. Four free titles here for Final Cut, so it costs you nothing to try them out. And you go to your titles and you can find Stupid Raisins Data Pop there, and you can see they have area charts, bar charts, circles, time based.
I mean, some of these do some really nice things and solve some painful problems for when you have to give this sort of data. And just so we can see some examples here, I have a bar chart, and I'm going to open up my inspector. Let's for the time being, let's hide our browser, just so we can see this fairly large. I can choose to have a build-in or a build-out. So you can see when this plays back it'll literally build itself.
I can choose what kind of bar style. I'd only like to have maybe four bars. This interactor lets me choose the height of the individual bar and I can adjust the width here. And I've found that if I went beyond the slider, I can make them larger. That blue of bar two's a little dark, so I'm just going to find bar two, bar colors, bar two. My last name's Greenberg, so you know I'm going to turn it green. There we go. You set the value of any individual number here.
I can set this as high or low, and you can see up top you can set the maximum value. You can choose the lines here on the axis. Maybe we'll make it 10 lines, and you can rename any of these pieces. And this works like all of Final Cut's texts. Cool data. At the very bottom, you have the ability to have a camera move here called sweep on and off, as well as the background.
It can be a gradient, a solid color, or transparent. Now, transparent's really nice. You could actually build individual bars if you wanted to do a different animation. I just built a couple for fun. So there's the percentage of the chart resembling Pacman, and I've turned off a lot of pieces. I just wanted you to see that you can move elements around fairly easily, you could take it off-screen. I love ring charts, I like them better than pie charts. And this is why my kids are crying.
I've got little ones at home still. I'm in love with this sort of chart here. This is a statistic based chart based on a map. When I select it, you'll see that you can choose what kind of map: world, just the US, a number of different countries, and you might ask yourself, well, what do I do if my country's not here? Well, you can choose custom, and custom allows you to put something in the well down here. It's got to be an item that looks like this.
Oh, but we can't see it because it's against black. Let's take a second here and just take my preferences from black to a checkerboard background, so you can see it. There is a map of Delaware, and I've replaced that here on my timeline. Let's see what we have. So this is a couple of places for great beer in Delaware. Of course, my house, Dogfish Head, and Two Stones Pub up in Newark.
They're all great places for beer. And maybe I don't want this sources here, section. I'm just going to come to the bottom, I'll turn off the face. It's still there, it's just physically hidden. And this gives you a great example of a couple of the things Data Pop does. It's just become this go-to plugin for me for all sorts of chart animation that normally would be very difficult, or I'd have to build myself. Again, it's available at FXFactory.com or StupidRaisins.com. They do some great stuff.
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