Nodal compositing inside Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut
Express, Motion, & Adobe After Effects and Photoshop
Created by Pauli Ojala and Ben Syverson
Your Price: $199
The Conduit Suite... one application and six plug-ins in one.
It's simple. With Conduit Suite you can:
Composite and analyze live video input on set, use nodal techniques in Photoshop (PC or Mac), use nodal compositing techniques in After Effects (Mac or PC), and , of course, use nodal compositing in Final Cut Pro and Motion.
One plug-in brings them all together.
In addition to providing real-time, nodal compositing in the Mac, Conduit Suite ties compositing applications together. Now, you can do the same thing in Final Cut Pro, Motion, Photoshop, Affter Effects, or live on set and save that solution for others to use. Art Directors can set up a look for a shoot and DPs on set can decide how their work will be composited. Artists can also pass conduits between applications so After Effects artists can get the same result their counterpart in Motion is getting.
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Many editors and artists run into occasional visual effects challenges: you need to fix some 4:1:1 artifacts, pull a quick greenscreen, or combine some 3D logo elements. You don't want to export your clip out, open it up somewhere else, render it back out, and then add it back in (hoping everything stays synced)...you just want to get the work done and move on. You also want to have high-end solutions that also work quickly and seamlessly in Final Cut Pro and which don't impact your rendering times much (or at all).
If you are reading this and nodding your head, Conduit Suite is for you. Now, you can have the power of high-end nodal compositing right in Final Cut Pro. With Final Cut Pro 5.1.2's support of fxPlugs, editors can handle some of their own effects without becoming full-time compositors and without much of the slow rendering you would expect with high-end effects.
Conduit Suite relies on Graphics Processors (GPU) that are often much faster than CPU solutions. This provides blazing fast render speeds to augment the power of an "open-ended" compositing environment. This means that you can do complex effects, even to HD frames, without incurring much or any delay at all.
What is Conduit?
Conduit is a nodal compositor that can stand on its own, or actually sits inside of Motion and Final Cut Pro, or even After Effects and Photoshop. Nodal compositors provide a powerful flow-chart approach to compositing. Rather than thinking in layers, each node applies an operation. This approach is very popular in high-end facilities because it provides a very open ended way to create composites that are customized to each challenge. Now...it's available in Motion and Final Cut Pro through Conduit.
Conduit's Nodal Compositing interface allows you to have much of the power you would have in larger, more expensive solutions used for film work, without having to leave Final Cut Pro. Sometimes, all you need is a keyer (there are 3 keyers provided in Conduit), but sometimes your footage has a special problem that requires more than a simple "add a filter" type of problem. Conduit lets you, when you want to, really get under the hood and create your own custom solutions that really solve your specific problem with a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer.
In the end, this provides better quality results without long render times.
What do you get?
Conduit Live - A GPU-powered, stand-alone nodal capture tool designed for live, real-time video compositing (Mac only).
Conduit fxPlug - GPU-powered nodal ccompositing for Final Cut Pro and Motion (Mac only).
Conduit After Effects - Nodal compositing for After Effects. (Mac and Windows).
Conduit Photoshop - Nodal compositing for Photoshop (Mac and Windows).
How Does It Work?
Conduit's true brain is the Conduit Pixel Engine developed by Lacquer. The Conduit Pixel Engine is revolutionary because it fuses the entire compositing process into an efficient GPU program. This is the optimal way of extracting performance from your video card, and it renders at full 32-bit floating point quality even if your Motion composition is rendering at 8-bit. So when you build an effect in Conduit, you're actually getting better performance and color recision than Motion offers on its own.
For more information on Lacquer, visit www.lacquer.fi.
Don't Take Our Word For It...
Go to the Samples page and check out the fully-functional demo version of Conduit. It's identical to the regular version of Conduit, except for the watermark.
We think you'll like what you see!