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SpiceMaster is a video transitions plugin for Windows, including Windows 8. Sorry, we have no Mac versions currently, but may soon!
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SpiceMaster Plugin FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
"Why Buy?" Questions
I have hundreds of transitions, most of which I do not use. Why would I want SpiceMaster?
SpiceMaster's transitions are uniquely soft/organic AND fully customizable -- thus subtle, beautiful and tailored to your visuals, unlike the usual hard-edged standard transitions in your video editing software. SpiceMaster's transitions are therefore much more USEFUL. Also, SpiceMaster does more than transitions. SpiceMaster animates any OTHER effects in your video editing system, such as color changes, blurs, etc. within a single clip's scene -- greatly multiplying the creative power of your other video effects. The PRO version also includes the amazing MIXER for beautiful directional dissolves, and soft/organic looks for picture-in-picture effects (PIPs) and title effects.
I have Boris FX or RED. Why would I want SpiceMaster 2.5?
Lots of users have a Boris product AND SpiceMaster, using Boris for 3D effects and SpiceMaster for most everything else. With effort, you can create some custom 2D transitions in Boris. But their complex interface and slower render times are not optimized for that.
Is SpiceMaster real-time?
SpiceMaster previews real-time in its built-in preview (on most computers/versions) AND near-real-time from the timeline of Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro with a reasonably fast video card/system. SpiceMaster renders fast compared to many other effects plugins and is multiprocessor optimized. SpiceMaster's intuitive interface also reduces your TOTAL EFFECTS CREATION time, an especially important factor when creating complex effects. That's the time needed to:
a) wisely compare and choose an effect from lots of alternatives;
b) set up and customize the effect for your specific scene;
c) preview interactively to fine-tune the effect; and
d) render the effect (if necessary).
The many minutes/hours SpiceMaster saves in (a), (b), and (c) usually far exceed the short (d) at the end of the process. Also, built-in transitions/effects (especially in hardware-based RT editing systems) are NOT very adjustable or soft/organic -- thus usually NOT very useful. They will never give you the creative flexibility and visual elegance of SpiceMaster. This is important, because your distinctive touch will come from the rhythm, timing and the tweaking of effects to match your scene well, usually applied in a subtle manner. All are factors that SpiceMaster excels in.
Which editing software is compatible with SpiceMaster?
• Adobe Premiere Pro/Elements: Compatible with Windows versions of Premiere Pro (any CS version or CC Creative Cloud version) and Premiere Elements (any version).
• Adobe After Effects: Compatible with Windows versions of After Effects (any CS version or CC Creative Cloud version).
• Sony Vegas Pro/Vegas Movie Studio: Compatible with all versions of Sony Vegas/Vegas Pro (32-bit or 64-bit) and Vegas Movie Studio 6 or later.
• CyberLink PowerDirector: Compatible with PowerDirector 12 or later.
• Magix Movie Edit Pro/Video Pro X: Compatible with Movie Edit Pro 18 or later and Video Pro X4 or later.
Does SpiceMaster have special hardware requirements?
No. Any WINDOWS hardware (from XP through Windows 8) that runs the above video editing software fine will also be fine for SpiceMaster. Sorry, we currently do not have any Mac versions. Click here to be email-notified about future new versions.
What are the differences between SpiceMaster 2.5 TFX and PRO versions? Click here for a detailed feature comparison.
Does SpiceMaster output PAL, HD, RED, etc.? Yes, SpiceMaster 2.5 is resolution-independent. Any output standard of your video editing system will be handled fine.
Do I have to download it on the same machine that I edit in?
No. The download (demo or purchased version) is a single clickable installer file, which you can transfer to your editing station, if necessary, using any removable media before installing.
How is the DEMO different than the purchased version?
The demo is identical, except an "X" will appear over the effects, and new saved settings cannot be created. All controls and features can be explored in the DEMO for an unlimited time. After buying SpiceMaster, your applied effects and settings will all be retained, and the demo's X will be removed. No extra work for you!
How do I uninstall the SpiceMaster DEMO?
Installing the purchased version will automatically remove the demo. To do it manually without having to buy, choose Uninstall SpiceMaster from Start > All Programs > Pixelan > SpiceMaster. Or use your Windows control panel to uninstall.
If I buy SpiceMaster 2.5 TFX now, but later want the PRO version, how much will I pay?
On our upgrade page, you can later upgrade to the PRO version (or any of our cool Bundles) with nice savings.
I edit in more than one program (i.e., Premiere Pro AND Vegas, or Premiere Pro AND After Effects, etc.). Do I need to buy two versions of SpiceMaster?
Yes, if you want it in Premiere AND Vegas, or Premiere and After Effects, for example. The good news is that you can buy a second-version of the same product at HALF-price. Note the Premiere plugin is compatible with both Adobe Premiere Pro AND Adobe Premiere Elements. The Sony Vegas plugin is compatible with Sony Vegas Pro AND Sony Vegas Movie Studio. No need to re-buy it from us if you move up later to the Pro version of your editing software from Premiere Elements or Vegas Movie Studio.
If I switch video editing systems someday (such as from Vegas to Adobe), will I need to purchase SpiceMaster 2.5 again at full price?
Any SpiceMaster user who has bought it from us (or an authorized reseller) can add at HALF-price an equivalent set of SpiceMaster plugins for a different video editing program. To do this, use our upgrade page.
I own other Pixelan products, such as CreativEase. Do I get a special price?
Yes, please see our upgrade page. We do like to give the best possible prices to our existing users.
What is your policy on minor updates?
Minor updates are always free.
What happens if someday my computer crashes and I lose the downloaded file or serial number?
Use our handy re-download form to get a FREE re-download anytime. There is no risk! :)
Can I install on more than one computer of mine?
Our license allows use in two different computers by the same user (such as a laptop "for the road" and a desktop at home) IF the two computers are not used AT THE SAME TIME. To edit on two computers simultaneously, such as for a video production business, a HALF-price second license is available from us on our special order form for new users (or our upgrade form for users who have already purchased SpiceMaster).
How can I buy SpiceMaster as a gift for someone else? It's easy -- use our special order form. On the date you specify, they will receive an email from us with their download info and no price shown. You can even enter a custom message that will be included in the email.
Do you have educational pricing?
We offer nice discounts on school site or lab licenses. If you have such a situation, please contact us and mention how many editing stations you may want to purchase for.
What is Pixelan's return policy?
Most plugin companies insist downloadable products may not be returned under any circumstances. After all, there is nothing tangible to 'return'. At Pixelan, your happiness and satisfaction is very important to us and we treat you as a long-term relationship, not as a one-time buyer. Therefore, if you somehow become unhappy with your purchase within 10 days, we will do our best to resolve it to your satisfaction. Your best protection is to be proactive -- to download the DEMO before buying to see if these plugins will meet your creative needs.
I feel uncomfortable purchasing on the Internet. Can I buy by phone?
Yes. Please call us at 360-647-0112. If necessary, leave a message on our Sales extension and we will promptly call back on the same or next business day. After we process your order, you will receive an email with your download/install information.
Other questions? Please contact us and we will reply promptly.
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