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Video Filters

You can add a video filter, such as a color correction, to any video clip. If you add them to clips in the Viewer before they have been edited into your sequence, they are added to the sequence as you edit the clips that contain them. Be careful when doing things this way, though. What if you don't want the effect each time you use material from that clip? As soon as a filter is added to a clip that was opened from the Browser to the Viewer, it is attached to the clip in the Browser. Each time you edit that clip into a sequence later, it gets effects added to it. It is usually best to add effects to clips after you've edited them into your sequence. In reality, as soon as a clip is in a sequence, it is not the same reference clip or Browser clip it came from. Instead, it is another reference clip to the original medium. You can think of it as a copy of the original reference clip that might still reside in the Browser. These clips in a sequence are sequence clips, and those in the Browser are Browser clips. They might reference the same medium, but they are not the same object.

After they are rendered, though, they can be moved from sequence to sequence, or elsewhere in the current sequence. They maintain the link to their rendered files as long as you don't put them over another clip or affected clip that asks FCP to rerender them. An example of this is a picture-in-picture effect, where you move just the video of the picture clip that has been resized and rendered over one background and then copy it to another location with a new background. In this case, you'd have to rerender.


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