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Chapter 13. Compositing and Special Effects

Chapter 13. Compositing and Special Effects

Final Cut Pro's effects tools are like a whole program within a program. This chapter provides basic information and a few step-by-step procedures to give you a feel for how techniques are combined to create simple effects. It also includes some single-purpose tasks that show how the interface and tools operate. However, this chapter is not a comprehensive survey of Final Cut Pro's effects capabilities. There are many more options, adjustments, keyboard commands, and possibilities than are described in this chapter, but you will be in a better position to explore them yourself after going through the basic procedures described here.

You won't find lists of the available filters or composite modes in this chapter. You should refer to the Final Cut Pro manual or Web site for comprehensive lists.

As you start to apply effects to your clips and sequences, it's important to keep this in mind: Adding a clip from the Browser window to a sequence in the Timeline places a copy of the clip in the sequence. By placing a clip in a sequence, you create a new instance of the clip. Before you modify a clip with effects, be sure you have selected the correct copy of the clip you want to change. This rule is central to understanding editing in Final Cut Pro. For more information, see “FCP Protocol: Clips and Sequences” in Chapter 4.


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