Hollywood Effects (HFX) is a popular plug-in integrated into Liquid Edition for both transitions (see Chapter 8) and filters. This plug-in offers a specific range of filters that are never going to be described as subtle. Using these filters is like holding a flashing neon sign that says, "yep, this is an impressive filter and I'm proud of it." If that's what you want, then with HFX filters, that's exactly what you're going to get.
Most HFX filters are real-time, meaning they display a preview version under a yellow slice, which must be rendered before you can export to DVD or tape. But some filters are slightly more complex and require rendering first. In these cases, they are marked with a small red ball in the bottom-left corner of the effects thumbnail.
There is also a range of filters that render with the word Pro displayed across them. To unlock these filters, you need to buy a Pro serial number from Pinnacle. You can do this online via their Web site www.pinnaclesys.com.
Adding a Hollywood FX Filter
You add a Hollywood FX filter the same way you add a normal filter; you just need to drag it from a different folder. HFX filters obey the same rules as normal filters and you can add them to any video clip on any Track, including titles and graphics.
To add a Hollywood FX filter
Editing a Hollywood FX Filter
Unlike the HFX transitions, no preset Hollywood FX filters are stored in the Project Browser Racks; however, a large number are inside the HFX interface. Once you've applied the HFX Filter, you can access any of these presets by opening the HFX Editor.
To open the Hollywood FX editor
Do one of the following: