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Working with generator effects

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Generator Effects are clips that you create from nothing, things like backgrounds and placeholder elements and number or time code displays. Let's take a look. I am going into 9.9. And as you can see, this is an empty project. I thought the best way to show you how to create something from nothing is to literally start from nothing. So, I am going to go ahead and open up the Generator browser which is this little 2 button here, and we'll open up the Inspector as well. And as you can see, same structure, we have the categories of effects over here on the left, and the effects within the categories along the right.

Working with generator effects

Generator Effects are clips that you create from nothing, things like backgrounds and placeholder elements and number or time code displays. Let's take a look. I am going into 9.9. And as you can see, this is an empty project. I thought the best way to show you how to create something from nothing is to literally start from nothing. So, I am going to go ahead and open up the Generator browser which is this little 2 button here, and we'll open up the Inspector as well. And as you can see, same structure, we have the categories of effects over here on the left, and the effects within the categories along the right.

Let's go ahead and start by creating a placeholder graphic which is a clip that you create as a dummy piece of footage for something that hasn't been shot yet. It's actually a very cool little template. So, I'll go ahead and just drag this into the timeline. And when I do it wants to know what format it should create this new piece of media. If I was dragging it into a sequence that already has clips in it, it would just conform to that format. All right, so this sounds good to me. I will go ahead and press OK, and let's press Shift+C to fit this in.

Let's go ahead and choose Fit so we can see the whole thing. Now as you can see it starts off by showing a man and a woman on a sunny day. So let's change that. I am going to go to my Generator tab, and let's say that we're editing The Castles project, and there's a scene with Joseph and his boss on the beach which there actually is. So this would be true to life. So let's say we want to start off in the long shot so that's good. And there's two people, both are men, so we'll change this to 2 Men, and the background is the Beach, and it's a cloudy day.

Okay, we're all set. Now, if I wanted to provide some notes, I just come up to Text and then enter here, To be filmed next week, and then we would just need to check View Notes. And we can use this in our scene, even though we don't have the footage, so we have essentially created a clip from thin air. So now let's create a background. Let's go grab something from Textures, maybe the Natural background. Let's go ahead and just drag this in the primary storyline, and a lot of these backgrounds have various things that you can change about them, for this one, there aren't too many.

I can change the type, maybe I want it to be Banana Leaves, or maybe Wheat Grass. And then there aren't too many things I can add to it beyond that, I can change the Tint Color if I like, and bring up the Amount, like so. I'll pick another one of these textures just so you can get a sense of other options that you might have for various backgrounds. I am just dragging Grunge right on top, and just changing these various textures as you can see, like so. Okay? Let's go ahead and just tint this a little bit red, like so.

All right, any background that you want, you can sort of form from these various templates, and change some parameters, that's totally fine. Let's go ahead and actually put it behind our placeholder graphic. Let's just drag this down there, like so. And of course, right now, you can't see it, but a lot of times when you use a background in Final Cut, what you're going to do is key through your foreground so that you can see the background. And of course most of the time what you're keying through is some green screen footage, but we don't have green screen footage, so we're sort of simulating this with this placeholder example right now.

Let's go ahead and just add a key. We won't go into great detail about keying but I do want to show you how to actually use a background, so if I come into my Video Effects and Keying, I am going to apply the Luma Keyer, and because these are black and white values, this should work okay. So what I am going to do is just go in to the Video tab. So my Luma Keyer is going to allow me to replace anything of a particular luminance value which just means dark or light values with the background underneath.

As you can see, right now, it just has some blanket values, and you can kind of see underneath, but let's go ahead and adjust some of these parameters so that it looks a little bit cleaner. So, I am just going to drag the slider over to the left until it's keying out everything except the lightest values, like so. That background is not the best for this, so let's go back to Generators, and we can just swap it out. I'll take, maybe go to Backgrounds, and let's do Underwater.

I will just do a little Replace Edit here, like so., and now that's a little bit easier to see, we have our two guys under water. Very strange I know, but the possibilities are endless. And because we're creating something out of nothing, I just wanted to show you one, how to create a graphic, and two, how to create a background that can interact with that graphic. I'll try one more, Replace, like so, and we can come in to Generator and change anything we want about this graphic.

So thanks for bearing with me on that one, but again, I did want to show you A, how to create a graphic, B how to create a background and then C, how to actually interact between these two elements. There are also some numbers related generators you can use. Let's come into Elements and choose Counting. I'll go ahead and drag this on top. Now, we have three generators right in a row, and this is just counting numbers, counting numbers. So, if I just come into the Inspector, I have some various parameters that I can change here.

As you can see it's counting from 0 to 300. You can make that do whatever you want. So let's say I wanted it to count down from 10 to 0. My Start number, I can make 10, and my End number, instead of 300, can be zero, and my Minimum Digits, let's bring that down to one so that we don't have all these zeros in front of it, and let's see is there anything else we'd like to change, maybe not. So let's just go ahead and make this happen faster.

So basically it's counting down from 10 to 0, in this period of time rather than the longer period of time we had, and that's all there is to it. There is others things we can change, we can come in and change the color if we want and other parameters if we like but you get the idea. So definitely, feel free to play around with all the various Generator Effects so that you can become accustomed to all the options you have in creating something from nothing.

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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