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Adapt Your Hollywood FX (Easy_FX) to Your Needs

Adapt Your Hollywood FX (Easy_FX) to Your Needs By Le Papy - Last updated on Monday, December 28, 2015
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Category: Hollywood FX Tutorials / Solving problems  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated File(s)
Published on Saturday, December 26, 2015
Created on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 5:16 PM
 

This tutorial only concerns users of Studio 18 and above that use Warps and 3D Text effects in Hollywood FX

Since Studio 18, Corel has had to adapt our good old Hollywood FX to 64 bit. But as any change often brings bugs, Easy_FX was no exception. Some new bugs don't affect the functioning of the plugin but some may be more troublesome since they can cause Easy_FX or even Studio to crash. Of course, these bugs have been traced to Corel/Pinnacle but if you compare Pinnacle Hollywood FX to:

  • Multi-camera editing
  • 4K Ultra HD video support, XAVC S support, Support for VFR video from iPhone 6 and other cameras                 
  • Importing MXF files, 3D MVC file format import
  • Stereoscopic 3D depth control
  • and the list goes on...

You will soon understand that Hollywood FX bugs are not a big priority and you can imagine what issues will take precedence ... sad

And during this time, if you work with Hollywood FX, you won't be able to use a number of plugins included in Hollywood FX. So I suggest you bypass these bugs by tinkering with Easy_FX so as to get full use of the Warps and 3D Text effects. It must still be noted that when the Hollywood FX plugin is called from Studio, these annoyances are less important and cause fewer crashes.

Step 1: Album Default to a Custom Album

I will not talk about bugs that don't cause crashes. I will content myself to talk to you about the tree for the default album.

Open Easy_FX that matches your latest version of Studio, choose:

  • C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Studio18\Content\HollywoodFX\Easy_FX.exe
    or . . .
  • C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Studio19\Content\HollywoodFX\Easy_FX.exe

When you open Hollywood FX, this is what you can see at the bottom of the default album tree (middle panel of the interface).

  1. As you can see, if you click a group effect (marked in red).
  2. the icons are missing in the details pane on the right. But its not being blocked.
The tree default album

Then, we come to the most annoying issues ...


IF you use Hollywood FX in standalone mode or just call it from Studio, there are three places where it is dangerous to click, at the risk of possibly crashing Easy_FX.exe or Studio.

  1. On the "Plugins" icon of the Warps group.
  2. On the "Plugins" sub-folder of the Warps group.
  3. On the icon and the "Plugins" subfolder of the 3D Text group.

Depending on the configuration, clicking the subfolders may shut down Hollywood FX or Studio and you won't be able to access Warps plugins or 3D Text.

Dangerous places ...

Therefore, I propose to adapt your Easy_FX so as to recover these inaccessible plugins.

Select the Warps group then right click and select New Folder.

Create a subfolder Warps
Rename the new folder to your liking. Le sous-dossier est renommé pour le personnaliser

Do the same in the 3D Text group.

  1. Your Warps group might look something like this.
  2. Your 3D Text group might look something like this.
Default Album tree has been customized
Step 2: Retrieving Warps and 3D Text Plugins

It is not possible to recover the missing plugins but it is possible to recover default pre-configured effects of missing plugins. This is what we will do. To retrieve these default pre-configured effects, download the RepareEasy_FX.ZIP file, in the "Associated File(s)" section at the bottom of this tutorial (right click + Save Target as ... to download the file). Then unzip the zip file and unzip HFZ file. It will install itself in the "Perso" folder in Hollywood FX (Easy_FX.exe).

After downloading and unzipping the RepareEasy_FX.HFZ file:

  1. Select the "Perso" group.
  2. Double click the RepareEasy_FX icon.
  3. Check that the effect tree has been updated as shown on the right.
Loading RepareEasy_FX effect in Easy_FX

To retrieve the default pre-configured effects of the missing plugins:

  1. Select your new Warps subfolder.
  2. Select, one by one, the pre-configured effects from the RepareEasy_FX tree
  3. Drag them, one by one, to the detail area of the album tree.
Retrieving default configured effects of missing Warps plugins
Repeat the same procedure for the 3D Text plugin. Retrieving default configured effects of missing 3D Text plugins
After completing these operations, your album should look like the screenshot on the right. Final result

By not clicking on the questionable sub-folders, you can use your Warps and 3D Text effects without crashing Easy_FX or Studio ... wink

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 12 by TechSmith}

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John Murphy By # John Murphy @ Sunday, December 27, 2015 2:02 PM
link to RepareEasy_FX.hfz is broken

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Sunday, December 27, 2015 2:11 PM
Hello,
No, the link is not broken... Look what is written in the tutorial : (right click + Save Target as ... to download the file)

napshare By # napshare @ Sunday, December 27, 2015 8:30 PM
Hi LePapy, a downloaded on my Windows desktop the RepareEasy_FX.hfz file, but when I double click to install I got a window error with a red cross and the following error message

C:\Users\my_username\Desktop\RepareEasy_FX.hfz

My OS is Win7 x64 with AS, Ps16, PS17, PS18 x64 and PS19 x64

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Sunday, December 27, 2015 8:48 PM
Hi,
Read the tutorial My HFX transitions create problems for me....
Regards,

Graham By # Graham @ Monday, December 28, 2015 3:10 AM
I am having a similar problem.I even added a Perso folder to the Fx tree so it looks like the tutorial.I have Win 10 and it does not have a "save target as", instead the only similar command is "save link as". This results in a 7KB download which is already extracted consisting of "Icon RepareEasy_FX 12/27/2015 4:49 Hollywood FX Co... 7KB"
It will not install even when I open it with the InstallHFZ app.. I get the same error message napshare reported. I read the tuto and the only part that seemed to apply was the part on making sure the correct app. was being used to open the file. What am I missing?

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Monday, December 28, 2015 9:44 AM
Hello,
The HFZ associated file was good but the extension is not supported by our file manager. I transformed the HFZ file in ZIP file and now it should be good.
With my apologies.
Regards,

casper01 By # casper01 @ Monday, December 28, 2015 2:59 PM
Is this bug reported by Corel / Pinnacle if not I need this message still got through knows immediately through the site all of Studio UT E driver: stand.
Can I run the Batch for W10 or should I change it to edit.
So adjust letter type.

napshare By # napshare @ Monday, December 28, 2015 3:45 PM
Thank you Le Papy, once I downloaded the new zip file, following the tutorial, all works fine now.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Monday, December 28, 2015 4:05 PM
Hi,
Thanks napshare, it's OK.
@ casper01 : Sorry I don't understand your request. There is no need to use a batch program.
Regards,

 
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