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Composites and Renders

Whenever you combine more than one image to create a single image, you are compositing. You can composite a title over a background, for example. You can combine two or more images in any number of ways to create a composite of all of them.

A render file is a single composited or filtered video or audio file. It's a separate media file made from the originals, which stay untouched. In this way, Final Cut Pro does not change the original capture. Instead, it creates a new media file that is a combination of your original images, or a single image or audio file with a filter applied to it. The faster your computer is, the less time it takes to render this new file. With the advent of FCP 4's new rendering engine, RT Extreme, extremely fast computer setups might not need to render at all to record the video back to tape. Some capture cards, such as Pinnacle's Cinewave system or AJA's SD capture card, allow for real-time playback of some composites or affected clips.


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