Converts images from rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates, and vice versa.

Canvas showing effect of Polar filter

Tip: This filter works well with layers containing horizontal or vertical lines, such as the Stripes or Checkerboard generators. A similar effect can be created with any image by adding the Line Screen or other related filters.

Canvas showing effect of Polar filter on Checkerboard and Stripes generators

Adjust this filter using the parameter controls in the Filters Inspector:

  • Center: Sets the center point of the distortion from Polar to Rectangular or Rectangular to Polar. You can also drag the Center onscreen control in the Canvas.

  • Polar to Rect: Applies a Polar-to-Rectangular distortion to the image. When this checkbox is deselected, a Rectangular-to-Polar distortion is applied.

  • Mix: Sets the percentage of the original image to be blended with the distorted image.

  • Publish OSC: Publishes the filter’s onscreen controls in Final Cut Pro X. For more information on creating content for use in Final Cut Pro, see Final Cut Pro templates overview.