Final Cut Pro X: Use Compositing settings

Use Compositing settings

The Compositing settings provide a wide variety of options for combining two images. You can make a simple adjustment to evenly combine two images, or you can choose from settings that use the video content to determine how to combine the images.

Use the Opacity adjustment

  1. Position the playhead in the timeline where you want to add a clip above the primary storyline.

  2. Select the clip to add in the browser, then choose Edit > Connect to Primary Storyline (or press Q).

  3. To see the composited clips in the viewer, position the playhead within the clip that was just added.

    By default, the new clip completely obscures the clip in the primary storyline.

  4. To make the new clip partially transparent, select it in the timeline and adjust the Opacity control in the Compositing section of the Video inspector.

The closer the Opacity setting is to 0 percent, the more transparent the clip above the primary storyline becomes. You can also use the Opacity fade handles in the Video Animation editor to have the composited clip dissolve on and off, or you can add keyframes to have the opacity value change at specified points.

Choose a blend mode

  1. Position the playhead in the timeline where you want to add a clip above the primary storyline.

  2. Select the clip to add in the browser, then choose Edit > Connect to Primary Storyline (or press Q).

  3. To see the composited clips in the viewer, position the playhead within the clip that was just added.

    By default, the new clip completely obscures the clip in the primary storyline.

  4. Click the Blend Mode pop-up menu in the Compositing section of the Video inspector, then choose an option.

    There are many blend mode settings to choose from—the correct one to use depends on the video content and the look you’re aiming for. You can also use adjust the Opacity control to make the blend mode setting more subtle.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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