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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7

My favorite effects By Stephen Schleicher
Ever tweak a default effect (or create one of your own) that you really love and want to use over and over again? With Final Cut Pro you can save those favorites and use them to your hearts content. Heres how.

For this tutorial, lets imagine that you have a project in the timeline and you want to create transitions between each and every edit. In this case you have created a flash dissolve effect (a simple dip to color that is 10 frames long).

Once you have applied the transition to your first edit, one of the first ways you can apply the same video filter again, is to simply drag the effect from the Viewer window and drop it over your next transition point.

Drag the effect (upper right hand corner of the Viewer window) to the new transition point.

You can repeat the procedure over and over down the Timeline until you are finished with your project. (HINT: This is a great way to apply the same color correction settings to shots in the same scene that are broken up by cutaways.)

What do you do if you want to use this effect again in another project, but you dont want to spend the time recreating it? Save it as a favorite.

From the Modify menu, select Make Favorite Effect. If you look in the Effects Palette, you will notice a folder called favorites, with your new effect residing comfortably there. Rename your effect to one you can remember. Any time you want to use the effect in the future you can find it under the Favorite item in the directory.

Another way to save the effect to your filter directory is to drag it from the Viewer window directly to the Favorites folder in the Browser window.

You can also make this new favorite effect the default transition in Final Cut Pro.
Highlight the effect in the Effect palette of the Browser window.
Go to the Effects menu and choose Set Default.

With your favorite effect set as the default any time you drag a clip from the Viewer window and place it in the Timeline, it will be used as the transition.

With this quick and simple Final Cut Pro Quick Tip you will never have to worry about having to recreate your favorite effect ever again.

A word of warning though - the same effect used over and over again in all of your projects tends to make the effect less effective. Your audience will soon be able to spot exactly which videos you have worked on, and quickly tire of the same old look.

For those of you who have been looking for all of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tips, here are the current ones to date:
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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