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Chapter 8. Introduction to Effects

Chapter 8. Introduction to Effects

Avid Xpress Pro offers a variety of effects that are easy to apply, customize, and/or remove. Third-party programs such as Adobe’s After Effects and Boris FX are great add-ons if you plan on creating very extensive effects with blurs, masks, and paths. Avid’s strongest characteristic is its editing capabilities. But because it is a complete editing workstation, it is impossible to complete many videos without some kind of effect.

Although the effects are plentiful, you’ll be better off limiting their use for very specific tasks. For example, a completed video that uses a saw tooth wipe for every transition becomes very distracting from the content. Effects are always great until they call too much attention to themselves. So although the Effect Palette is jammed with a whole bunch of goodies, sometimes less is more when it comes to effects. That said, let me whet your appetite by covering the basics first and then some advanced techniques in the next chapter.


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