Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Using color to enhance a scene, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9: Narrative Scene Editing.
In this movie, we're going to look at how easily you can apply an affect, or a look, to several clips. Earlier on we showed you how to apply the effect to just a single clip but in real life you'll probably want to apply it to an entire scene. Let's go ahead and step into 07-03a Color (Start), and take a look at the scene of Joseph and his father at the end of the film talking on the beach. Now this is a really warm scene, and I want this to have a much different feel than the rest of the show.
It's the end of the day, I want that golden hour, but I don't want to apply an effect to each individual clip because if I need to modify it, or remove it, it's going to be laborious. What I want to do is to be able to apply that look to all of them at the same time and adjust them all at the same time. And that's really simple to do. What I need to do is if your clips are not already selected--I just clicked off my clip so none of them would be selected--and I'm going to drag the mouse over the clips that I want to put the video effects on.
I don't really need to worry about the audio here if I selected the audio it won't be a big problem, but what I'm going to do is create a compound clip. I'm going to take all of these clips and put it into a container so I can put my effect on that container and modify all of them all at once. So once your clips are selected, you can right-click on any one of them and say New Compound Clip, or use the keyboard shortcut Option+G. You're going to need to name this clip, so let's go ahead and name it Color (Start) compound.
And as you see what was many clips now appear as a single one. As a matter of fact, you can see that the name says compound, and it has a unique icon that indicates it's a compound clip. Now don't panic thinking that you can't change anything within the scene. If you need to modify anything inside of a compound clip all you have to do is double-click on it, and you can step inside. Any changes you make will ripple back up to your main timeline. To step back into your main timeline, simply hit the Back button, and we're good to go.
Now the beauty of this is I can apply a single effect to everything all at once. I'm going to go ahead and open my Effects browser, and while I'm at it let me open up my Inspector. Now there's a lot of different looks you can put on here and the one that I like is called Heat Wave. I'm going to go ahead and simply type H-E-A-T, I'll see all the different effects that have the word heat in it, and simply grab Heat Wave and drop it on my compound clip. It immediately gives me a whole different feel.
This feels like that golden hour, that hour at sunset, which not only sets the time of day, but an emotional feel that there's now a greater bond between the father and the son. Let's play a little bit of this scene and see how it feels. (Joseph: Yeah, I think so.) (Mr. Dalton: Good.) (Joseph: Thanks for the message.) So I really like the way this looks. I didn't have to do to each of the scenes one at a time, and if I wanted to adjust it, I simply can go into my Inspector and dial it down or dial it back up, and it affects all of the clips.
Another really cool thing about working with a compound clip is I can use the Audition feature to put a variety of looks on it so I can step through them when my producer or the client wants to see a variety of looks that I might have created. To do this, I can make sure that the compound clip is selected, I go up under Clip, select Audition, and I have one of two choices. I can either duplicate as an audition, in which case the effect will be there, or I can duplicate from the original, and that's going to give me a copy without the effect on there.
Now one thing you'll notice is in the upper left-hand corner that the symbol has changed to a little spotlight, and if I click on that spotlight I can actually step through the two different looks, the one with Heat Wave and the one without anything at all. I'm going to go ahead and duplicate that one again, and now on this third clip I can simply load it back into my timeline, choose another effect, and maybe we'll go over here instead of doing Heat Wave I'll do Dry Heat to see if that has a different feel that I like.
I can drop that on, and this is a lot more muted, and maybe I'm going to try something else, because the advantage of an audition is I can tweak it and put multiple effects on it, and easily swap back and forth. So let's go ahead and add a Vignette, add a little more blur to it, take out the darkening, change the size, and now I have a completely different look for this alternative scene when I play it.
(Mr. Dalton: You got a design for me?) Now, perhaps that's not to feel that I want, but it's very easy to switch back. All I have to do is go back to the beginning of the clip. I'm going to hit Shift+Z, so we can see the entire clip in our timeline. And once again, click on a little spotlight, I can step back to the different looks. I like this book, simply hit Done, and play it back for my client or my producer.
Now I also have a finished version for you to look at, and if you step back out into the Project Library you'll see something named 07-03b Color (Final) and what I have here is the compound clip, and you can go ahead and put any filters you want on this and try them out.
- Preparing and importing your media
- Evaluating shots and performances
- Incorporating additional assets like images
- Editing a dialog scene
- Adding reaction shots
- Using alternative takes
- Editing a montage
- Selecting and organizing clips
- Enhancing a scene with audio
- Replacing location audio or a dialogue track
- Transitioning between scenes
- Using creative color and effects