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LiveType Expansion Packs 1-3

By Kevin McAuliffe

I have always been a fan of LiveType.  I like its ease of use and integration with Final Cut, and 12 Inch Design has developed three expansion packs to add a whole lot more love to an already good program.  I decided to review all three packs together as one, as this is how I think people should be purchasing them.  Keep reading, and you will see what I'm talking about.

The installation of the plug-ins is quick and easy.  Pop the disc in, select a location (if you have a second hard drive, I would suggest putting them there, as the total installation size for the three packages is about 12 gigs), and click install.  Once installed, go to your LiveType preferences, press the "+" key, and direct LiveType to where you have installed the plug-ins.  That's it, you are ready to go! 

Ease of Installation : 9 (out of 10)

What You Get
LiveType Expansion Packs 1-3 give you access to 110 Templates, 20 Livefonts, 85 Animated Textures and 60 Static Textures, 103 Text Effects, and a whopping 412 Animated Objects.   The 412 Animated Objects alone are worth the money.  You get everything from Futuristic Lower and Side Thirds, Earth and Map elements, "Fabric" effects for all you wedding videographers out there, Lens Flares, Grid Effects, Shape Wipes and about forty transitions that can be used for everything from commercials to corporate videos to promos.  The amount of LiveType tools you will have at your disposal is simply staggering, and the best part is that all the "elements" (lower/side thirds, and any other element that is not a background) are all keyable, and you can use them in LiveType, or export them for another application like Final Cut or Adobe After Effects. 

What You Get : 10 (out of 10)

Ease Of Use
Because this is an expansion to LiveType, there really is no learning curve.  Everything you already know about LiveType is applied to these new elements exactly as they were before.  You will be up and running in as long as it takes to install them.
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Ease Of Use : 10 (out of 10)

The major thing holding these expansion packs back is the individual price per expansion pack, and the fact that they are sold seperately. At $149.99 per pack, the price for me is a little steep. I would prefer to see a price point around $100 each. One thing that 12 Inch Design does do, is offer all the packs combined for $349.99, which is a savings of $100 U.S.  My best piece of advice is that if your budget permits, purchase all three at once, that way, you get the best bang for your buck.

Downsides : 2 (out of 10)

Final Total : 7.75 (out of 10)

Purchase Recommendation :3 Expansion Packs - BUY
                                              Individual Expansion Packs - WAIT FOR A SALE

Final Thoughts
Overall, I think 12 Inch Design has done a really good job of putting elements, textures, text effects and templates into LiveType that just about everyone would be able to find a use for.  Overall, I can see a use (whether it's for wedding videography, or corporate video editors) for almost every element in the bundles.  I think, however, 12 Inch Design should really reconsider their price point to get more of these packs into users hands, as the $149.99 price point for an individual pack is not worth your hard earned dollars.

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Kevin P McAuliffe is currently a Senior Video Editor working in HD post production in Toronto, Canada. He has been in the television industry for 12 years, and spends his days onlining on a Final Cut Pro HD. Kevin's high definition onlining credit list includes concerts for Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Snow Patrol, Sum41, Paul Anka, Il Divo and Pussycat Dolls, to name a few. Also, Kevin is an instructor of Advanced Final Cut Studio 2 at the Toronto Film College. If you have any questions or comments, you can drop him a line at

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