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PaintX is a unique, fast, and powerful painting tool powered by Mocha
Track paint for VFX and Clean up in Final Cut Pro with Coremelt Paint X. PaintX powered by mocha is a uniquely fast and powerful tool for quick fix-ups of all kinds during the finishing of your edit. Remove blemishes in the skin, paint out unwanted objects such as powerlines or antennas, apply digital makeup, warp and stretch or repair damaged video. In all cases, it’s as easy as drawing a stroke and then hitting one button to use the powerful Academy Award-winning mocha tracker to have the paint stroke follow the movement in your video. PaintX is both Apple Silicon and Intel native.
Try it out on your own footage with a free 14-day trial. PaintX can also be purchased as part of several bundles.
CoreMelt PaintX Highlights
- Every stroke is editable after being made
- Fully non-destructive video paint with unlimited undo.
- Frame by frame painting for video repair or animated effects
- Tracked clone brush solves a multitude of common problems in seconds.
- integrated mocha tracker accessible with a single button press.
- Multiple tracks in one plugin, each stroke can have a different track applied
- Copy-paste track data from one stroke to another in order to apply different effects with the same track data.
- Save and restore brush preset shapes and sizes.
- easily perform tasks that would otherwise involve preparing images in external image editors.
The Shrink /Expand Brush
Push pixels outwards from the point or line drain or pull them inwards towards the line drawn. Use in combination with the Warp brush for a powerful ability to reshape images with tracked distortions
Removing Power Lines
Frame by Frame Painting Mode
Toggle this to draw brushstrokes that are only visible on the current frame that is under the playhead. The default is for strokes to be visible for every frame of the clip. Frame by Frame painting can be used to repair image defects that appear in a single frame, for example, dust and dirt on scanned film. It can also be used to create animated stroke effects such as painting around video frame by frame for a rough animated glitch/glow effect.
The new version called PaintX 4 cannot load project settings from previous versions of PaintX. This is due to some changes beyond CoreMelt’s control, more info. CoreMelt Manager leaves both versions installed. Please make sure you use the plugin in the category “C2 PaintX 4” to use the newer version.
CoreMelt PaintX allows you to create brush strokes tracked to movement in your video and has many uses. First here is a quick reference guide to the user interface, then we recommend you look at our video tutorials.
User interface overview
Press the “open editor” button after you add PaintX to a clip and the PaintX interface will open the full screen as shown below. The length of the current shot can be scrubbed using the play controls at the bottom. Do your paintwork as needed then use the “save changes” button to return to the main FCP X screen with your tracked paint applied to the shot.
Guide to tools in the palette
- Select Tool: use this to transform or move any stroke or layer after it has been created.
- Pan Tool: use this to move around the image if you are zoomed in (see viewer zoom at top right)
- Color Brush: paint with a solid color with adjustable size, softness and blend mode
- Color Adjust Brush: lets you paint on a color correction defined as a difference in hue rotation, luminosity, and saturation from the pixels below it.
- Blur Brush: paint a blur effect with adjustable blur strength
- Smear Brush: this has the effect of “stretching” the pixels in the direction of your stroke with adjustable range, similar to a directional blur.
- Sharpen Brush: Paint a sharpen effect with adjustable sharpen strength.
- Warp Brush: Use this to drag pixel under the brush in the direction of movement to change the shape of objects.
- Clone Brush: Hold “alt” key and click to set the clone source, then click and drag to clone from the source area to the area under the brush. The offset stays constant for each clone stroke but can be changed with each new stroke.
- Noise Brush: use this to apply a noise texture similar to grain to areas under the brush.
- Heal Brush: this brush paints the texture from the outside of the brush inwards. It can be used to very quickly remove moles, spots, blemishes or specks of dust.
- Erase Brush: use this to erase parts of strokes within the same layer. Note you can also select any stroke and press delete key to remove the entire stroke.
ALL CoreMelt System RequirementsUpdated May 24, 2022
The latest versions of CoreMelt products are installed using the CoreMelt Manager. For older versions, see this support article.
Lock and Load 4
|Apple Intel or Apple Silicon-based computer with macOS Catalina (10.15) or later|
V2 Plugin Set
Lock and Load 3
|Apple Intel computer with Mojave (10.14) or later |
*works on M1 computer when using FCP in Rosetta 2 mode
Lock and Load 4
|Final Cut Pro X 10.5.x or later|
Motion 5.5 or later
|V2 Plugin Set|
Lock and Load 3
|Final Cut Pro 10.4 or later|
Apple Motion 10.4 or later
Premiere Pro CC2018 or later
After Effects CC2018 or later
|Recommended for all plugins||16 GB RAM (8 Minimum)|
|Recommended for all plugins||GPU supporting Apple Metal with 2GB VRAM or more|
Quad-core processor or better
|CoreMelt products may work on hardware that does not meet these requirements but performance may be compromised. |
Please try a trial version first to check if they meet your requirements.
For best performance, we recommend you use a graphics card with 256MB of video memory (VRAM). 512MB VRAM is required for rendering HD projects in high precision color or for configurations with multiple high-resolution displays.
The following graphics cards are not supported:
- Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
- Intel GMA 950
- ATI Radeon 8500, 9200
Some Macbook and Mac mini models are not supported due to the more limited feature-set of their built-in graphics accelerators.
Not sure what graphics card is installed in your system?
You can determine what graphics card is installed on your system by selecting the “About this Mac” command under the Apple menu.
When the system summary appears, click the “More Info…” button, which will launch the System Profiler application.
Build 502, June 2019 Update
PaintX now has a The New Shrink Expand Brush and Frame by Frame Painting mode. This is as a free update for existing users.
The Shrink /Expand Brush
Shrink / Expand Brush: push pixels outwards from the point or line drain or pull them inwards towards the line drawn. Use in combination with the Warp brush for a powerful ability to reshape images with tracked distortions
Frame by Frame Painting Mode
Toggle this to draw brush strokes that are only visible on the current frame that is under the playhead. The default is for strokes to be visible for every frame of the clip. Frame by Frame painting can be used for repair of image defects that appear in a single frame, for example, dust and dirt on scanned film. It can also be used to create animated stroke effects such as painting around video frame by frame for a rough animated glitch/glow effect.
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