Final Cut Pro X: Add video effects to your project

Add video effects to your project

You add video effects to clips in your project using the Effects browser.

  1. Select a clip in the timeline, then click the Effects button in the top-right corner of the timeline (or press Command-5).

    The Effects button above the timeline
  2. In the Effects browser, select an effect.

    You can do any of the following to help make your selection:

    • Filter the list of effects that appear: Type text in the Effects browser search field to search for an effect by name.

      You can also click to select individual effects categories, such as Blur or Color.

    • Preview the effect: Skim the video effect thumbnail.

    • Preview changing the effect’s primary control: Hold down the Option key as you skim the video effect thumbnail.

      As you skim left and right, the video thumbnail shows a still-frame preview of the effect of dragging the slider for the effect’s primary control. For example, the primary control for the Radial effect is the Amount parameter.

    Note: If you don’t see the effect you’re looking for, you can use the Filter pop-up menu at the top of the Effects browser to check for it in other locations. For more information, see Filter Motion content stored in a library.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the effect to the timeline clip you want to apply it to.

    • Double-click the effect thumbnail to apply it to the selected clip.

You can now adjust the effect.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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