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Chapter 9. Applying Special Effects > Learning the Special Effects Interface

Learning the Special Effects Interface

This section covers the basics of accessing, applying, and configuring special effects, while the next section will describe what keyframes are and how and when to use them. Then we'll move on and explore some of the most commonly applied special effects.

To access special effects

1.
Place the target clip on the Timeline and select the clip with your pointer.

2.
At the upper left of the Movie window, click the Open/Close Video Toolbox icon (Figure 9.3).

Figure 9.3. Click here to get to the special effects.


The Video toolbox opens (Figure 9.4).

Figure 9.4. Here are the Studio Plus RTFX effects.


3.
On the left side of the toolbox, click the Add an Effect to a Video Clip icon.

Studio lists all effects installed and operational on your computer in the Category and Effect tabs. If you elected to Show Premium Content in the Edit Preferences tab (see, ”Hiding Premium Content and Features,” in Chapter 2), Studio will also show premium content that you can try out, but will contain a watermark to prevent use in a real project (Figure 9.5).

Figure 9.5. Pinnacle lets you view the effect with a watermark to see if you like it; if so, you can purchase effects from Pinnacle's Web site.



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