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Chapter 11. Adding Effects > Adding an Effect

Adding an Effect

This task summarizes the basic process of adding an effect to a clip. You’ll discover that each effect has a unique set of parameters, or properties, that you can customize. Specific instructions for using the Effect Controls palette to set values for these effect properties are covered in the next section, “Adjusting Effects Settings.”

To add an effect to a clip in the timeline:

1.
Do either of the following:

  • To add a video effect, drag an effect from the Video palette to a video clip in the timeline (Figure 11.8).

    Figure 11.8. To add a video effect, drag an effect from the Video palette to a video clip in the timeline (or from the Audio palette to an audio clip).

  • To add an audio effect, drag an effect from the Audio palette to an audio clip in the timeline.

2.
To adjust the effect’s settings, do one of the following (depending on the particular effect):

  • If a settings dialog box appears automatically, specify values for the effect’s properties, and click OK (Figure 11.9).

    Figure 11.9. If a settings dialog box appears automatically, specify values for the effect’s properties, and click OK.

  • In the Effect Controls palette, use the controls below the name of the effect to set its values (Figure 11.10).

    Figure 11.10. The Effect Controls palette contains all the controls for some effects, though other effects also use a separate dialog box, which you can access by clicking Setup.

  • In the Effect Controls palette, click Setup next to the name of the effect to open a settings dialog box.

A settings dialog box particular to the effect appears. Specify values for each of the effect’s properties, and click OK.

3.
To animate the clip, specify keyframes as described in “Using Effect Keyframes” later in this chapter.

4.
To add more effects to the clip, repeat steps 1–3.

Each effect you add appears in the Effect Controls palette (whenever the clip is selected). The order in which the effects are added determines the final effect. (See “Using Multiple Effects” later in this chapter.)

5.
To preview the effect, make sure the work-area bar is positioned over the appropriate range of the timeline, and press .

The effect renders and plays back in the program view (Figure 11.11), in accordance with your project’s preview settings. For a detailed explanation of previewing transitions and effects, see Chapter 9.

Figure 11.11. Preview the effect to see (or hear) it at the project’s full frame rate. In this example, a Lens Flare effect has been applied to the image.



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