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v1.0 FXHOME Action Pro

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FXHOME Action Pro

Powerful motion-building software

Tired of tedious keyframing? Take animating into your own hands (literally) with our powerful motion-building software: Action Pro. Easily transform real-world motion (from your mouse or fingertips) into professional 2D and 3D animations. No clunky graphs. No numbers. Draw your moves and watch your animation come to life.


Highlights

  • Build and record animation using your mouse or Leap Motion device.
  • Export your animation to HitFilm Pro for a simple, streamlined workflow.
  • GPU accelerated and non-destructive. Smooth, stretch or interpolate your animations without losing any quality.
  • No clunky graphs, no numbers – just natural, recorded motion.
  • Full control over animation and playback speed.
  • 3 seats for every license, so you can use it on three computers at once.
  • Opportunities for regular dialogue with the development team as they create new features for the beta version.

 

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Draw with full 3D flexibility

Go beyond simple lines and figures with the power to create 3D animations from 2D inputs and 3D animation paths. Didn’t get your drawing quite right? No sweat. You can easily condense, stretch, and smooth your animation until it’s perfect. Want to see your creation from every angle? Adjust the orthographic or free perspective cameras to change your point of view.

Enjoy a clean, sharp interface

Action Pro has been developed with you in mind. Our dark interface helps your animation to pop out of the screen, and we’ve gotten rid of unnecessary clutter. Minimal buttons mean that you only see what you need, and a library of keyboard shortcuts allows you to create the fast workflow you want.

Import pre-drawn animation

In addition to using your mousepad, you can utilize Action Pro’s accompanying free app, Action Pencil (coming soon to the iOS App Store) for iPhone or iPad. With this, you can draw motion using an Apple Pencil or your fingertips, and see it appear in real-time on the Canvas panel.

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Fast performance at maximum resolution

Action Pro is entirely GPU-accelerated and non-destructive. What does that mean? Our software retains all your data so you can use modifiers to randomize, smooth and stretch your frame-independent recordings or entire tracks without losing quality. Undo actions without regret, your edit history is safe with us.

Go big on export

Action Pro lets you set the scale of your exports— so you can apply the proportions of your 10 cm animation path to a real-life composite. Export single animations, sequences or whole projects with just one click, then finish off your masterpiece with some killer VFX in HitFilm Pro.

Animation presets

Don’t quite know where to start? Action Pro comes ready-prepared with animation presets so that you can start experimenting on your first go. From spirals to perfectly square movement, each preset is customizable so that you get the exact movement you want.

Customize playback & export settings

Fine-tune the details of your animation with full control over playback and animation speed. Take it slow, speed things up, or watch your creation in real-time at full resolution.

Features

Platform & workflow

Action Pro transforms real-world motion into professional 2D and 3D animations. The software is GPU accelerated, making performance effortlessly fast at all times. Some of the unique features of Action Pro include:

  • Non-destructive: Nothing is baked in. All your recording data is captured and stored at the native framerate and full resolution of the device.
  • Computed shapes: Quickly choose from presets to create perfect shapes as the building blocks of your animation.
  • High precision: All animation processing is done at 32-bit float.
  • Real-time preview: Visualize your animation with a large 3D view that is easy to navigate.
  • Import formats:
    • Standard formats including JPEG and PNG.
    • Specialist formats including: CSV (Comma-separated values).
  • Export formats: HitFilm composite shot.

Recording

Recordings can be created from your mouse, the connected Action Pencil app using your fingertip or a stylus, or by importing data from an Excel CSV file:

  • Canvas: View your animation in 2D as it is drawn. With the use of the Action Pencil app, you can see this drawing in real-time.
  • Mouse: No need for tedious keyframing - just click and drag to draw your animation.
  • Action Pencil: This new accompanying app gives you the ability to draw using your fingertip or a stylus on an iPhone or iPad.
  • CSV import: Map out the keyframe positions in a .csv file and import it into Action Pro to get the perfect line, spiral or any other shape.
  • Shapes: Choose from ready-made animation presets including Curves, Circle and Archimedean Spiral to use in your next project.

Animated sequence

  • Slice tool: Cut individual recordings onto multiple tracks with one click.
  • Stretch tool: Drag the recording temporally to make it longer or shorter.
  • Dimension tracks: Adjust the position, scale and rotation properties of your animation.
  • Master track: Need to adjust all of your position values at once? Use the master track to apply a value or a filter to everything.

Modifiers

Modifiers can be applied to the 2D data in the Sequence Items and Tracks. Some can also be applied to the Master Track.

  • Smooth: Even out some of the more harsh angles of your animations. Particularly useful for aircraft landings, vehicle movement etc.
  • Invert: Invert the value of the item or track.
  • Multiply: Multiplies the value in the item or track, allowing you to make it larger or smaller.
  • Hard clamp: Limit the top and bottom values to restrict the set.
  • Apple: macOS 10.13 High Sierra or OS X 10.12 Sierra
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection: Required for online activation
  • Processor: Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Graphics card:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series (2010)
    • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series (2010)
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)
    • Video memory 1 GB minimum

Version 1.0 - Released 27 February, 2019

New

  • Create only the tracks you need to reduce the complexity of your projects.
  • The Master Track has been added to the sequence to allow you to apply modifiers to your final computed animation.
  • Invert modifier added which can be applied to Items or Tracks.
  • Multiply modifier added which can be applied to Items or Tracks.
  • Hard clamp modifier added which can be applied to Items or Tracks.
  • Smooth modifier added which can be applied to Items, Track or the Master Track.
  • A messaging system has been added at the bottom of the Window to give more clarity about what Action is doing behind the scenes.
  • You are now able to create recordings within the software for perfect shapes including Circle, Curve, and Archimedean Spiral.
  • The sequence now has a slice tool for dividing Items.
  • The sequence now has a stretch tool for elongating items.
  • A network server has been added to the software which listens for the complimentary iOS app.
  • Created Action Pencil - an iOS app which allows you to use your phone or tablet as an input device - coming to the App Store soon.
  • The software can now import CSV files and convert them to animation data which, in turn, can be exported to HitFilm.

Download Action Pro Version 1.0 Requires Windows 8 64-bit (or above) or OS X 10.12 Sierra (or above). View full requirements »

Enhancements

  • General project complexity has been reduced.
  • The Action Pro interface has been updated to the HitFilm 12 styling.
  • Playback controls have been improved and brought into line with HitFilm 12.
  • Sequence horizontal scrolling has been reimagined and is now much better.
  • The layout of the interface has been modified to be more logical and cohesive with other FXhome products.
  • The drawing canvas is now a dedicated area, rather than part of the viewer, to reduce accidental recordings.
  • Recording are now exported to a more minimal format.
  • Exporting to HitFilm has been improved and made faster.
  • The software now creates caches at an Item, Track and Master Track level for improved performance.
  • All recording types have been replaced with new versions which more logically map to real-world inputs.
  • Right-click menus have been added to many areas of the software to aid accessibility.
  • Reversing items is now accessible from a right-click menu.
  • Item source dimensions are accessible from a right-click menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Deleting all types of object is now more logical.
  • Selection all types of object is now more standard.
  • Fixed interpolation issues with the HitFilm exporter.
  • The software should no longer have issues if a document isn't open.
  • The item cache should no longer go out of bounds.
  • Snapping on the sequence has been improved.
  • Multi-selecting, when the selection tool isn't active, has been improved.
  • The undo system now applies to more actions and can handle multiple commands within the single event.
  • Framerates are now global to the project.

 

Version 0.5 Beta - Released 21 November, 2018

Enhancements

  • Changes the the camera controls to make zooming more predictable.
  • Improved the undo stack so it is no longer possible to create recordings with no data.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issues with multi-selection within the asset browser.
  • Fixed issues with multi-selection within the timeline.
  • Fixed activation issues.

Version 0.4 - Released 10 October, 2018

Enhancements

  • The 3D recording cursor in the viewer now directly maps to the mouse for a much more user-friendly input method.
  • You can now import a background image to sketch over.
  • Snapping has been improved on the timeline (no longer invalidates incorrectly).
  • You can multi-select items on the timeline by CTRL-clicking.
  • You can multi-select items in the media bin by CTRL-clicking.
  • The recording 3D line rendering has been improved.
  • Changes have been made to the backend for some UI elements to make them work more predictably.
  • The state of the cursor on the viewer when recording is now more evident.

Bug Fixes

  • Values on the viewer should be correct.
  • HiDPI / Retina displays on the Mac should now work.
  • Pressing ESC work recording to cancel should now work better.
  • The software should no longer launch into a blocking fullscreen.

Version 0.3 - Released 1 February, 2018

Enhancements

  • Data can be exported using a rig to separate X, Y and Z rotation to separate points, for greater control.
  • Current values are now displayed in the Viewer.
  • Users can now import and export their recordings, to create a catalogue of reusable data that can be shared between projects.

Bug Fixes

  • A number of bug fixes have been implemented.