Final Cut Pro X: Add a background

Add a background

Many of the generators provide a general background over which you can place built-in effects, titles, keys, and clips with an alpha channel. Some backgrounds are solid colors, and others are textures such as wood or stone. Some generators even have animated movement, providing a more interesting background.

  1. Drag the playhead in the timeline to the point where you want to add the background clip.

  2. If the Titles and Generators sidebar isn’t already shown, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Go To > Titles and Generators (or press Option-Command-1).

    • Click the Titles and Generators button in the top-left corner of the Final Cut Pro window.

      The Titles and Generators button
  3. In the Generators browser, double-click the background thumbnail you want to use.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Browse all generators: Click Generators in the sidebar to display the generators in the browser.

    • Browse a single category of generators: Click a category below Generators in the sidebar.

      To view the generators categories, click the Generators disclosure triangle.

  5. Select the background clip in the timeline.

  6. If the Generator inspector isn’t already shown, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Show in Workspace > Inspector (or press Command-4).

    • Click the Inspector button on the right side of the toolbar.

      The Inspector button in the toolbar
  7. Click the Generator button at the top of the inspector.

    The Generator button
  8. In the Generator inspector, adjust the settings for the background clip (if applicable).

    The viewer on the left showing the Clouds background, and the Generator inspector on the right showing the settings for the background clip
Published Date: Apr 12, 2018
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