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Creating Effect Templates

Avid makes it easy to save effects as templates. FCP provides this ability but takes it one step further by allowing you to make an effect either a default or a favorite. On the Effects tab in the Browser, one of the folders is for Favorites. If you make changes to a filter or transition and want to have that modified effect readily available, you can save the effect as a template or favorite. You can also set certain transitions as defaults.

Figure 22 FCP Favorites folder.

Changing the Default Transition

The default transition is attached to the Edit with Transition buttons and overlay options on the Canvas. It is also used in the shortcut functions for creating and placing transitions. You can designate only one default video and one default audio transition at a time. The shortcut for applying a default transition is CMD+T.

Figure 23 FCP Set Default menu option.


To change the default transition:

  1. Select the transition in the Effects bin in the Browser (project).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Effects > Set Default.

      Figure 24 FCP default transitions are underlined. Boldface transitions indicate a real-time effect.

    • CTRL+click the transition in the Browser's Effects bin.

Creating Favorites

You can save your favorite filters and transitions in the Browser's Favorites bin. A favorite effect can be a single filter or transition that you have adjusted to perfection, or a group of filters.

To create a favorite transition:

  • Drag the transition from the Timeline clip to the Favorites folder.

To save a favorite effect:

Do one of the following:

  • Drag the filter name from the Viewer Filters tab to the Favorites folder.

    Figure 25 FCP Favorites collection.


  • With the effect applied to the clip in the Viewer or Timeline, choose Modify > Make Favorite.

  • Park over the clip and press OPTION+F.

Group effects (in one folder) can be applied to other clips by dropping the entire folder onto the clip.

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