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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.
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Doing the work and creating the perfect effect is great, but it's also important that you're easily and efficiently able to apply the affect and use it again on other clips. That's what we're going to explore in this movie. Now, in many other editing programs, you're often able to save an effect into a sort of Favorites container or Bin that you can easily apply to other clips when you need to. Now unfortunately that's not an option in Final Cut Pro X. You're able to save out custom color correction templates as we'll examine later in the course, but there is no ability to create general effect templates per se.
So let's take a look at what you should do. I am going to go into 9.7. So while you can't save out an Effect Template, you can copy and paste effects and effect attributes which is a carryover from Final Cut Pro 7 for those of you who come from that software. Let's take a look. I have got this shot here, and I have applied several effects to it. I'm going to select it and then open the Inspector, Cmd+4. So I have got Film Grain, and I have got Dream, I have got Vignettes, I have also altered this clip in several ways and some of the built-in effects.
And what I want to do is basically apply the style that I have put here on the other clips in my sequence. If I had known this ahead of time, I could have just selected all of the clips in my sequence and done all the work at once. But if you have done the work to one clip, and you want to apply it to others, I want to show you what to do. So, I'm going to select it, and just press Cmd+C. And then instead of coming over here to press Cmd+V because that would actually copy the entire clip and its effects rather than just the effects, I am going to come up to Edit and then Paste Effects which is Opt+Cmd+V.
And when I do this, I can do this to one clip, or I can do it to all of them. So I will just press Opt+Cmd+V, and now everything has the effects that I have applied. Now, another thing, I do have a little bit of keyframing going on. Let me just click on this, right-click, and Show Video Animation, and I have some keyframing going on in my Dream effect, like so. Notice that when I open up the video animation for any other clips, let me just take something that's a little bit longer here, and take a look at this.
The animation is copied, but then it goes back to 0 here. So, in this case, my keyframes are not elastic, and that it would just basically space it out proportionally across the clip but they're fixed. So I basically have the exact same animation curve going on, and then it comes down and stays at the same value for the rest of the clip. So there is the possibility that you may need to come in and alter these curves a little bit. Let me just close this out. But indeed, you can come into each one of these and then change around the parameters as you need to for each individual clip.
Now let me show you something else. I am going to undo that Cmd+Z, okay, so now the effects are taken off of the rest of these clips. This time, I'm going to select the clip, press Cmd+C to copy, and instead of Paste Effects, I am going to choose Paste Attributes. So I just come up to Edit and Paste Attributes, that's Shift+Cmd+V, and now I get this window here. This will let me customize which effects I want to bring over to the other clips.
So say for example I'd like Film Grain and Dream, and then I'd like to bring over Scale, but I want to ignore the rest of my changes. Also, notice that I can copy Audio Attributes as well. So when I paste here, I have Film Grain and Dream but not the Vignette, and I have the changes made to my Scaling, but nothing else was touched. So as you can see, it's really easy to copy and paste entire effect structures, or you can customize down to the very parameter what you do and don't want to copy.
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