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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
Changing the way a clip looks whether it be in regards to its general color structure or superimposing new elements altogether is often a desirable and essential aspect of video editing. Let's take a look at how to do that in Final Cut Pro X. I'm going to go into 9.4, my video effects sequence, and let's go ahead and open up the Effects browser. That is right here. And again, the Categories are listed along the left and the effects within those categories are along the right.
Notice that there are both video and audio effects, and in this movie we're going to be talking about Video Effects. So I'm going to just click on one of my clips, and if I come back over to the Effects browser and hover over one of the effects you can see in the viewer how it will look once the effect is applied to the specific clip. So what I want to do to this one actually is make it look like it's raining, so I'm going to just type in -- I know there is a rain effect and here we go, Rain.
I can do a couple of things, so this is kind of what it's going to look like once I apply it. I can either click and drag and release, or all I have to do if the clip is selected is just double-click, and it's applied. If you wanted to apply an effect to multiple clips in the sequence, no problem, you just select all of the clips that you want to apply it to and then double-click on the effect, and it's applied to everything. I'm going to undo that for now. So I'm going to click on my first clip here and open up the Inspector, Cmd+4, and let's adjust some basic parameters.
I'm going to, we can really make it rain, or I can dial it down a little bit. You can see this is the Density, let's sort of make it a little bit less. Colorize, I think probably may be right around there, and I think that's good. And again, if I wanted to change all of the clips in the same way I would just need to select all of the clips in the timeline that had the effect applied, and I could adjust all my parameters at once.
Now let's say I would like to add another effect to one or more clips. I certainly can. I want to add the Water Pane effect. So essentially I'm looking at this scene in the rain through a window, and so this time I'll just click and drag. And I have other fun parameters that I can change. If I come down to Water Pane, let's see, very good, and it's kind of take away most of that Tint Color.
I'm basically happy with that. So let's just play through it. I'm going to come back down to my sequence, and let's play. (video playing) So pretty good, pretty believable. If I like the adjustments that I made here, I can keep them or if I want to reset them to the default parameters I can click on this button here, and it will reset everything to the factory defaults. We can also delete these by just clicking here on the heading and pressing Delete and they are deleted one at a time, and now all the effects are gone.
Now I want to show you something else. Just for fun let's go ahead to this clip right here, and I'm going to apply Aged Paper, and maybe I'll adjust some of the parameters here, like so. a little antiquated look to this. And now let's add a Tint, okay, and just drag that on. So I'll come in and change this just a little bit, may be orangish.
So let's say that this is the look that I'm after for this clip. Now here's the thing. These two effects are producing this specific look, but the effects are processed from top to bottom so the paper is coming in first and then the tint. What happens if I switch the order that they are processed? Well, to change this order you just drag the effect up and down, like so. so if I release here now you can see it looks different. The Tint is applied first and then the Aged Paper is on top of that.
So I have changed the processing order, that's why things look different. I can change it back by simply dragging, and there we go. And speaking of achieving different looks you can always apply multiple effects and then just turn off or on these effects by clicking on this little blue light here just so you can kind of check out to see what each one of these effects is doing in isolation and then what it looks like together. Now one last thing I'd like to cover about clip effects is the ability to use them within an audition. We have covered auditions in a previous movie so you should already be pretty familiar with their purpose which is to provide a series of options for your edit without actually committing to those options, but in this case it's a little bit.
So let's take this third shot here and come up to Clip > Audition and Duplicate as Audition. Now you see that we have the little Audition spotlight up here in the upper left corner. So if I open my Audition you can see that I have two identical clips here. I'm going to apply an effect to this one. I also can duplicate as many times as I want. So maybe I want to duplicate it a third time, and on this one let's go ahead and apply an effect. And the reason that I don't see anything is that I have tint still in here, so you want to make sure to clear your results.
And let's see for this one, let's go ahead and add a Cross Hatch and for this one let's go ahead and add Film Grain. Okay, so I can just click on each one of these to try them out. You can notice that it is live switching here in the timeline. You can also use your Left and Right Arrow keys to switch back and forth between them so that you can find the right style, and again you're not committing to it. As soon as you press Done, and you say, what did I do, I don't want to do that just open up the Audition again and say, actually I want this one, and you're ready to go.
So Auditions are really great not only for different clips entirely to try out but also the same clip but with different video effects applied. So as you can see, it's really easy to quickly change the overall look of your video footage in your project. [00:6:28.00]
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