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What's new in Final Cut Pro 6: New video effects filters

Excerpted from Diana Weynand's new DVD Tutorial "What`s New In Final Cut Pro 6" By Diana Weynand

You`ll find several new filters in Final Cut Pro 6, which will enhance your project and ease your workflow. For example, have you ever had to manually create an earthquake effect by adding 100 keyframes to shake the image? Well, let`s take a look at what`s waiting for you in the Distort category of Video Filters.

Not only can you create an earthquake automatically by adding this filter onto your clip


You can control its intensity as well under the filters tab in the viewer window too. You can even change the epicenter!

You will see there are three categories under the video filters tab, Glow Tiling and Time.

From the Tiling category I`m going to drag the Kaleidoscope effect onto one of the SeaWorld clips from my Apple Pro Training Series book, FINAL CUT PRO 6.  Try this filter over some of your own footage and it will instantly look like you are peering at your video through a very cool kaleidoscope! 

Several other new filters have been added to the Stylize category of filters. One of them is the Line Art filter.  Drag the filter to an image and   you`ll see it will now be represented as line art. I`m opening the clip to look at this filter`s parameters.

You can explore this filter more on your own, but for now, let`s look at the Mix parameter. You`ll find this parameter in most of the new filters. Let`s change the Mix to 70%. Now you see 70% of the effect, and 30% of the original image.

To see all the effects available in Final Cut Pro, right-click under the Name column in the Effects tab and choose Show All Effects from the shortcut menu.

Now let`s look at the Blur options. You notice that some filters are duplicated.  That`s because some of these filters are native to Final Cut and some are available via Motion.  Motion`s effects are created using Apple`s FxPlug architecture while FC`s effects use FxScript plugins. You can tell which effects are being shared with Motion by looking at the Effect Class column in the Effects tab.

When FxPlug appears next to an effect, it`s a Motion effect. (If you haven`t installed Motion by the way, you won`t see or have access to the FxPlug plugins included with Final Cut Studio). If you want to work with just native Final Cut Pro effects, choose Show Only Preferred Effects from the shortcut menu. The Motion effects will not be displayed.  Next time we`re going to talk about the different filter options with effects shared with Motion.

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Diana Weynand is co founder of Weynand Training International,

Diana Weynand is author of the Apple Pro Training Series book, Final Cut Pro 7. She is co-founder of Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center that offers hands-on classes on Apple Pro Applications around the country as well as customized on-site training. She is also one of the creators of iKeysToGo Your Personal Shortcut Assistant in the Palm of your Hand! - a series of iPhone and iPod Touch applications for Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS4, iPhoto, Word, etc. These Apps are available on the iTunes App Store. For more information, check out her website,, call her at 818.995.1719 or email at [email protected].

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