Adding Transitions, Titles, and Effects

Now that you have imported and organized your media, and brought your media down to the timeline you can begin adding transitions, titles, effects and other elements from within FCP to your project.

1. The Inspector – this is the primary way for you to view and adjust the properties of clips, effects and other FCP elements.

When inspecting a clip on the timeline you can modify it in many ways.  Primarily, you can adjust the Color, Saturation, and Brightness, the Position, Rotation, and Scale, and the Opacity along with other variables.

The inspector also allows you to adjust settings on titles, transitions and effects.


2. Effects – the effect browser allows you to drag effects and looks directly onto clips on your timeline.  You can search all browsers by typing into the filter bar on the bottom.  Effects can be adjusted in the Inspector.  Blurs and keying effects are two often useful effects.

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3. Transitions – This browser allows you to access dissolves, wipes, and 3D effects that transition from one clip to another.  Transitions can only be used on clips on the main storyline, or on connected media that you created a storyline around.

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4. Titles – this browser allows you to place titles directly into your timeline either as connected media or on the main storyline.  You can then modify them directly in the viewer or in the inspector.

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5. Generators – this browser contains numerous elements created within FCP.  Some of the most useful are solids and textures such as black mattes or other backgrounds.  All generators can be further modified in the inspector.  Many have several options to choose from.

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The timeline shown below shows a transition, a title and a generator clip all on the timeline along with audio and video.

Timeline with Titles

Now that you have added these elements to your project the next step to learn is to share it.

This page was written by Kevin May for the University of Oregon Cinema Studies Program and is published under Creative Commons license (CC BY NC SA 3.0)

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