FAQs

WHAT’S A POWERBIN? 

A PowerBin is a term we created that implies an Avid Media Composer Bin (.avb file) containing ready-made nested effects in the form of sequences.

It’s a PowerBin because it holds the power of lifting the visual and editorial qualities of your edits.

FXSyndrome offers two types of PowerBins:

1- A Boris Continuum Complete plugin-required PowerBin.

2- A No-Plugin required PowerBin.

 

 

BUNDLE DIFFERENCES

The differences between the BCC option and the No-Plugin option are minimal since we only used BCC for effects that didn't exist natively in Media Composer (like Damaged TV and Film Damage). The only noticeable visual difference is in the misalignment treatment of the image. Below is a reference between the two.

 

Also, with the Boris package you get 5 additional visual effects that weren’t possible to re-create neatly with the native Avid effects.

The additional effects are:

  • MACRO LENS
  • INTENSE
  • PULSE
  • DISTORTION
  • BEAT MACHINE

IS THERE A TRIAL OR A DEMO?

Presets and templates do not come in a trial mode; however, you can email us your request at fxsyndrome@mail.com to send you an effect that you can test.

 

HOW IT WORKS?

1- Start by unzipping the downloaded file and creating a backup of the unzipped folder.

Inside the folder you should find the following:

  • FXSY PowerBin .avb file in different frame rates option (23.976fps, 24fps, 25fps, 29.97fps, 30fps).
  • Sound effects folder with the same frame rates option.
  • Effects Preview folder in .mp4 video file.
  • The ReadMe pdf.
  • The Demo Video.
  • The product cover.

 

2- Moving the effects into an Avid project (No installation required)

Copy the unzipped folder into a location of your choice then move the .avb file(s) into your desired Avid project(s) folder. Alternatively, from within your Avid Project choose "Open Bin".

Default Avid Project “Private” location on a Mac (Mac -> Users -> username -> Documents -> Avid Projects -> project name).

Default Avid Project “Private” location on a PC (C:\Users\ username\Documents\Avid Projects\ project name).

Note that the .avb PowerBin file should match with its frame rate that of the project you are moving it into;

i.e., the 30fps PowerBin should be moved to a 30fps project, otherwise, in case you have a mismatched frame rate, you can always readapt the effects (sequences) by double-clicking them inside of Avid.

 

3- Once you open the designated Avid project, you should find the FXSY PowerBin already there.

Inside the PowerBin you will find a list of effects in the form of sequences:

50 in the case of a BCC powered bundle and 45 in the case of a No-Plugin required bundle.

 

 

4- Previewing the effects

These effect sequences are empty and locked; they are designed to operate without any embedded footage

or footage replacement inside of them

(except for some Titles that can be easily recreated).

To view the effects, you need to check the Effect Preview folder where you can find the relevantly labeled video files.

You can also Link/import these video files inside of Avid for your convenience.

 

5- Applying the desired effect

Drag the desired effect sequence into the source monitor, position the player head at the beginning of the effect sequence (in the source monitor), then drop it (by drag or overwrite) on an empty track above your footage.

Adjust the position of the Yellow Marker (which also holds the name of the effect and its frame rate) above your cut while having the viewer active on the footage track beneath (for smoother performance), then perform a Step In into the effect layer.

You will now see all the stacked effects labeled on separate layers. (Each layer is a single effect type)

Select all the layers, hit in and out and render all (this method makes the render faster than rendering the Submaster effect from the outside).

Once the render is done, you can now Step Out of the effect, hit play and see the magic happens!

Note that some effects can have two Yellow Markers, which means they can accommodate two shots if desired.

 

6- Sound Effects

After applying the effect, you can now use its respective high-quality sound effect from the Sound Effects folder.

Import the sound effect with the relevant frame rate and place it under the effect location. The sound effect length should match precisely that of the effect.

In case it doesn’t, there is a chance that you imported the wrong frame rate audio file.

Note that not all effects have a sound effect designed for them.

 

EFFECTS STRUCTURE

Each effect comes in the form of a sequence that is a Submaster effect in Avid’s language.

The Yellow Marker on each effect shows where the next cut can be placed and selecting the Yellow Marker will also reveal additional info like the name of the effect and its frame rate.

Stepping inside the effect will reveal the different layers that make the effect.

Each layer contains a single type of effect with a clear label.

Not all effects have the same number of layers or the same type of effects; some of them can be much more complex with several levels of nesting.

When you see a layer labeled in the following format:

Effect name A - [effect name B] it means that effect B is nested inside effect A. If you Step inside effect A, you will be able to see effect B.

When you see the following:

Effect name A - [effect name B] [effect name C] it means that effect B and C are both nested inside effect A. Stepping In will reveal them.

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

TEXT EFFECT (UP/DWN) INCLUDED FOR TITLE TOOL AND TITLER+

Initially, this effect will be in an offline state since the Title Media needs to be re-created.

To change the text in the TEXT (UP/DWN) effect, you need to be in an HD project or lower.

If you are working in a UHD project or higher, change the settings to HD, edit the text, then revert to your initial project settings.

Do not convert or replace the Title effect with the Title+ effect as Avid might require so.

You need to perform a Step In    twice into the layer “TEXT TO CHANGE” to reach the Title effect that you can edit.

 

1- Re-create the Title Media.

2- Edit the Title Text using the Effect Editor.

 

TRIMMING

The effects are nicely paced so that you don’t need to trim them and we do not recommend it, however, if you still need to do so, some effects are easier to deal with than others. You can either duplicate the effect (this is the easiest and quickest solution), or you can access the nested effects and tweak the keyframes there, or you can drop us a line with your trimming request.

Shortening the effects might work easier than making them longer, and in some cases, some wouldn’t work at all and need to be rebuilt differently.

 

RENDERING PERFORMANCE

Some effects are heavy because of their nature, complexity, and the way Avid’s render engine handles them. Avid is notorious for being slow in dealing with some effects because of the way it switches between GPU and CPU processes.

So to keep the workflow fast and smooth, we recommend that after placing the effect on an empty track on the timeline the following:

  • Position the player head at the beginning of the effect.
  • Switch off the viewer or place it on the footage track below.
  • Position the Yellow Marker where the cut is.
  • Access the effect track by Step In, select all layers, Mark IN/OUT on the whole track, right click and select Render IN/OUT.

Generally, the heavy effects are Avid’s Radial Blur effect like the SPHERE and the STRIPES transition effects, also some of the Boris CC plugin effects.

Note that the Radial Blur render quality can be lowered for faster performance at the expense of the effect quality.

 

FRAME-RATE COMPATIBILITY

We have applied most of the commonly used frame-rates in our effects to save you that extra conversion click. However, you can still convert the effects yourself (in case you've used the wrong frame-rate, or if you wish to use a frame-rate that isn't provided) by simply double-clicking the effect sequence and Avid will instantly create a new converted effect sequence for you. 

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

The PowerBin is not showing in the Avid Project

Make sure of the following:

  • The Avid Media Composer version is not Media Composer | First. (This version is not supported)
  • While the PowerBin might work in most Avid MC versions, the recommended version would be V6.x or higher.
  • The PowerBin file extension is .avb

Double check where you copied the .avb file. Maybe you have placed it in the wrong folder.

 

Avid is not allowing me to load the effect sequence in the source monitor

This could be due to a mismatch between the Avid project frame rate and the effect sequence frame rate.

To solve this, you can either re-open the PowerBin in a relevant frame rate project, or you can double click the sequence to force Avid to change its frame rate manually. When double-clicking Avid will ask if you would like to change the frame rate of the sequence so hit ok after that Avid creates a new sequence labeled with the new frame rate (the original sequence won’t be replaced). Now go ahead and reload your edit in the timeline and drag and drop the newly created effect on top of it.

 

Application is hanging when I place the effect on the timeline

Sometimes Avid can get slow in processing some of the effects and that’s totally normal.

In this case, do the following:

  • Wait for Avid to respond again (Which it does in most of the cases).
  • Render all the other effects in the timeline
  • Monitor your computer RAM and GPU consumptions.
  • Switch off any other running applications.
  • Lower the Video Quality from the Video Quality Menu at the bottom of the timeline (go full Yellow if need be).
  • Turn off the timeline viewer or switch it to monitor a lower track.
  • Keep the player head away from the effect.
  • Make sure your graphics card driver is up-to-date.
  • Restart Avid or the computer itself.

If all these measures won’t help in resolving the problems, it means your system is too weak to work with these effects.

 

Minimum system requirements (depends on your project resolution and used codecs)

A 64-bit processor and operating system (for certain effects to run)

Processor: Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Core i7 (or equivalent)

Memory: 32 GB DDR3 (recommended)

Graphics: 4 GB (Avid Media Composer recommended graphic cards)

 

Effect showing Media Offline

This will only happen in the case of effects containing a Title effect.

To resolve this, Step inside the effect, locate and highlight the layer that mentions (Title Tool) in its name, position the player head above the Title effect, select Clip from the drop-down menu and Re-create Title Media. Now “Media Offline” should disappear.

 

Unrecognized effect message

If this message appears, it means that your version of Avid MC is missing one or more effects used in your timeline or the BCC version installed is much older from the one used to build the effects (BCC v10).

Avid won’t show these effects after rendering and playing.

To solve this issue; update your version of Avid MC and make sure your Boris CC version is compatible.

 

Sound effect length not matching the effect’s length

This means that there is a frame rate mismatch between the Avid project and the imported sound effect. You either need to open a new project with a matching frame rate or import the sound effect designated for the current project frame rate.

 

Avid is asking me to edit the Title effect text in the new Title+ tool

The text in the TEXT UP or DWN effect is created using the traditional Avid Title Tool. If this message appears, it means that you are working in a project with a greater resolution than HD, which is not supported by the traditional Title tool. The workaround would be to change the project resolution to HD, edit the text, then switch back to your original resolution.

Do not attempt to change or convert the Title effect to a Title+ effect, they both work differently than one another, and you’ll end up with a broken effect.

 

How to find the effect name that I already used?

In your timeline, head over the YELLOW marker placed on the effect sequence you used, then click the YELLOW marker in your record monitor (where it says “NEXT SHOT HERE”). The name of the effect and additional info will be revealed.