Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding and saving effects, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X (2015).
- One of the places where I used to struggle in Final Cut 7 was that long list of effects. I had no idea what half of them did, and yeah, the categories helped, but I'd have to apply and see what I did and remove it and just keep a mental list of the way they worked. Final Cut X is so much more visual about this. Let's take a look. I'm going to go ahead here in this project, and I already have my Inspector open, and I'm going to click on my Effects. And I can just scrub any effect, and you can see it beginning to apply the effect, so we get a feel for what it does.
I'm going to go all the way to the top to where it says All. And it shows me every effect that's loaded into my system. I have some third-party effects in here. I have a really great category called Looks. These looks are color treatments and color looks that you might want to give a stylistic choice to a video, but I want to focus down here in a moment just for under Stylize. There's some really nice Stylize effects here, like Aged Paper.
And just to apply it, I'm just going to drag and drop, and it gets applied. You can see it show up here, and at least for the time being, I'm going to tell Final Cut X to hide the browser, and that left panel will go away, and I get a lot more screen real estate. This is great if you're on a single screen, especially on a laptop, is being able to hide and show that browser. We're coming over here to this Effects, this Aged Paper. With it on, I'm able to go ahead and reduce it or increase it. I actually have two of them on there, so I'm going to just delete one of them, there we go. To adjust its Amount, how much it's on there is Aged Paper, I can, of course, reset it.
You can see I can keyframe this stuff, but I also have the ability to add a mask. I'll click the button for a mask, I'll add a shape mask. I can move this around from its center, I can adjust its edges so it's more rectangular or circular, I can make it larger if I like, change its rotation, and I can even grab this outside edge for softness. Now that's really really nice and really useful, but I kind of want to build my own effect and save it, and yeah, of course I can hit the Save Effects Preset button, but I want to do one that's pretty useful, pretty practical to me.
So I'm going to go to the shot before and hit an option click to move my playhead there. Again, when you've got the scrubber, clicking doesn't move, necessarily, your playhead, and you don't have to click at the top. An option click will move your playhead to where your skimmer is. Alright, with the skimmer there, I'm going to go ahead and put a clip above this. So I'm going to bring back my browser. I've got a bunch of clips here now. I'm at 30 seconds, I can't tell what the longer clips are, so I could go here and say take it down to five seconds or so, and my longer clips will become pretty evident.
Here's a longer clip, I want to make sure it fits over this gap. I'm going to use a standard three-point edit technique, so I've got it selected on my timeline. I hit the letter x to mark the spot, I come up here, it's already got an in point, but I could also hit an i for an in point, and the letter q will make that a three-point edit connected clip living perfectly on top. With that being said, let's get that out of the way. I'll say Window, hide the browser. I'm going to come to this shot, option click. I'm going to scale it down. I'll do that form the Transform, I'll just hit my transform button, I could have also hit shift + t.
I'll scale this down, and I'll move it off over to the upper left. I need one effect, and it's an effect that you normally find under the Transform controls in Final Cut 7. It's called a Drop Shadow. It happens to be in the Stylize category, which you can search for if you want. I'll put in the word drop, there's Drop Shadow. And I'll drag and drop the Drop Shadow on it. Now, my Drop Shadow is actually on my clip, and I can go ahead and I can do things like set it as a Classic Drop Shadow, give it some Perspective.
I can adjust the Blur of the Drop Shadow or its positioning. Of course, what I really want to do is work with the Drop Shadow interactively, and I can't do that with the Transform controls. You can see it says the word Done here, you can see it's still lit up down here in the bottom left. So what I'm going to do is just press the button that says Done. I wish the enter key would select it, it doesn't. But I'll hit done, and now when I touch the Drop Shadow, I get a drop shadow interactor, and I can move that Drop Shadow around. I can make all sorts of adjustments to it.
It's just this really beautiful interactive ability to make this a visual way of working with drop shadows. With this being done, I'm going to go ahead and save that. I'm going to save the preset, and when I do so, I get a lot of choices here. I get this great dialog box. It only has lit up the things I've changed off standards, so it knows I've changed the Scale, the Position, and the Drop Shadow. If I were to turn off these two Transform items, it would save just the Drop Shadow.
But I want to save all of them together, so I'm going to turn them back on. I can pick a Category, I've picked a category earlier. I'm going to go ahead and say New Category, and I'm going to call it _JG Effects, so it comes to the top. And you can build your own categories. You can build camera moves, you can build color correction effects. You're going to have all sorts of categories. That underscore forces it to be at the top. I'll hit Create. And now it's going to put this effect that I want to call PIP Upper L w DS.
I'm going to hit Save. Now, I've got a category at the top called _JG Effects. I've got to clear my search field. And there's that picture in picture. I'm going to come to this clip and I'm just going to remove its effects. I'm just going to click on the Drop Shadow and hit delete. I'm going to click on the Transform and hit reset. And I can take this picture in picture and just drag it right on, and it has all those pieces prebuilt for me ready to go.
- Touring the Final Cut Pro X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Ingesting footage
- Browsing and organizing media
- Adjusting metadata
- New editing methods (including working with connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including trim, split, slip, slide, and nudge edits)
- Mixing audio
- Adding and adjusting effects and transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Compressing and exporting video