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Lesson 10. Applying Transitions > Previewing and Rendering Effects

Previewing and Rendering Effects

You can view many effects, even multiple streams or layers of effects, in real time in Final Cut Pro. How FCP plays back these effects depends on your computer hardware and video format, as well as some options you can choose. You sometimes have to give up either image quality or a consistent frame rate to see all the effects play together. Or you may have to preview or render the transition. Rendering is a process that takes just the transition between two clips and makes a separate clip out of it. That clip is stored in the Render Files folder on the designated scratch disk and played back in the sequence as a separate but invisible clip—meaning that it does not appear in the Browser or the Timeline.

There are settings that guide Final Cut Pro on how to play effects in each sequence, and an area in the Timeline that displays a color for each effect, indicating whether or not it needs to be rendered.


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