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Keyframing Effects in the Viewer

In FCP, only clip opacity and audio volume levels can be adjusted by adding, deleting, and modifying keyframes directly on the clip in the Timeline. For the other filters, you must create the keyframes on the Viewer's Filters tab, which displays the details of the effect parameters. Once set, these keyframes are also visible in the Timeline when Keyframe Overlay is selected.

Figure 34 Avid keyframe Command button.

Setting Up the Viewer Window

To set up the Viewer configuration, first open a clip in the Viewer and apply a filter to it. Select the Filters tab. In the far-right area of the filter parameters are the keyframe tools and timeline area. To reveal more of this timeline, resize the Viewer window by dragging the lower-right corner. Zoom into the marked portion of the timeline.

To see the clip while you set keyframes, peel off the Video tab (drag it to new location) to create a separate window. You can resize this window for the video. To keep this window configuration for future effects work, save it as a custom layout (see Chapter 3, "Settings and Preferences").

To set keyframes in the Viewer:

Do one of the following:

  • Use the main Pen tool or OPTION+click to set keyframes directly on the keyframe timeline.

  • Park the playhead on the keyframe timeline and press the Keyframe button (a green diamond). This will add or delete a keyframe wherever you click.

    Figure 35 FCP keyframe button.

  • Click the diamond Keyframe button in the command key area of the Viewer (on the Video tab). This adds a keyframe where you're parked.

  • Park the playhead and press CTRL+K.

To move between keyframes:

Do one of the following:

  • Click the navigation arrows on either side of the Keyframe button. FCP keyframe

  • Press SHIFT+K to go to the next keyframe, or OPTION+K to go to the previous keyframe.

    Figure 36 FCP keyframe area in the Viewer.

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