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Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 27 of 42

Additional Effects


Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 27 of 42

Additional Effects


Lesson Info

Additional Effects

There's three effects that I want to show you. One is how to put video inside the shape Second, how to do a green screen or chroma key. And third, which is just way cool. How to create the Pleasantville effect. We're gonna have everything. Be black and white except one object in the frame. Let's get ourselves started by first putting video inside an object here on the screen. I've got our our urchin running in the snow and I've created an image inside Photo shopped. This image is Mr Roli Poli guy. This is a photo shop document and I pulled it in with Mr Mr Roli Poli Guy. I call him Bob The Blob Bob is on a separate layer, you know, multi layer Photoshopped graphic and made the rest of the layers disappear by deleting them from the Photoshopped traffic itself. Notice that there is an Alfa Channel built in Alfa is simply a technical term. That means transparency Information where the blob is is opaque. Where the surrounding area is is transparent. This allows us to take advantage of a ve...

ry easy to use but hidden blend mode. Select Mr Blob Here, go to the inspector keyboard Shortcut is command for Go all the way down to the bottom, where it says blend mode and change the blend mode from normal to stencil Alfa. This cuts a hole in the Blob and puts the video inside it. So now, as we play this, we've got the Blob moving with the girl. Now I will confess that I cheated in that. I added key frames as part of the transform setting. If we go up to the transform setting notice that we have, we'll click on show. Select the Blob type Control V. Remember that displays the video animation interface, and those are the key frames that I've added so that as the girl runs, I change the X and Y position using key frames, which we learned how to do as part of the video training. I change the position of the blob. So as she moves from one side to the other, the blob keeps up. We hide the animation controls by typing control V and as we play it back Ta da! The girl is dancing inside the block. Now we don't need to use a blob. We can use any shape that we can create inside photo shop. We can even use shapes that we shoot with a camera. We can keep them out using glue making or chroma. King will learn how to do that in just a moment. But the cool thing is that Wenders an Alfa Channel when there's transparency, information in the clip, we can make that transparent area disappear and be replaced by the background by setting the blend mode to stencil Alfa. Well, I've mentioned the fact that we have chroma key Chroma Key is the ability to make a green screen disappear. Let's take a look at what this means in real life. I have a chroma key image here, and this is just ah, shot that I downloaded from Pond five. This is professionally shot, and I want to call to your attention how smooth and even that green screen background is. The best thing you can do to improve the quality of your key is toe have this background B flat lit with no wrinkles, no creases, no texture, just green. And generally painting is better than cloth. You wanna have about a 10 foot separation of your talent from the green screen which minimizes spill green rolling over her shoulder. The chroma key here inside Final Cut 10 has been completely rebuilt from the chroma cure inside Final Cut seven, and it is far superior to any chroma key that we had inside. Final Cut seven Select the green screen clip and the background that which goes behind the green screen clip, goes below it. Whether you decide to put the green screen at a primary storyline and this becomes a connected clip below with the green screen totally up to you, I've right now I've got my backgrounds in the primary storyline. Totally arbitrary. Select the clip that has the green background that's the one to filter. Gets applied to click on the effects browser and go down to the keying category. Inside the King category, we grab the Keir grab that and drag it over instantly. The background is knocked out and look at that without us making a single change. Look, our holding the big hair. Look how there's not any green spill. This is just about as perfect a key as you could want if we go to this full screen. Is that not great? Look at this There's no green, There's no halo. We're seeing the hair we're seeing through the hair. We're seeing the background color to the hair. This is a stunning improvement over the chroma key that's inside final cut. That is to say, Final cut seven. I could even use a different background. I'm gonna hide this. The letter v high a display this the letter V. And now our girl is a star on stage and she's got thes stage lights. There's a new feature inside Final Cut called Like Crap. What light rap does is it blends the colors of the background with the foreground to make it look like organically. She is actually standing in front of these. These lights let me show you. Select the foreground clip. Everything is applied to the clip that's got the green screen. Scroll down inside the Keir to the very bottom where it says light wrap and just give yourself a significant amount of light wraps a around 30 to get yourself started. Now, when we take a look at this, we can see that the color here, the red and the blue is blending with the edges of her hair to give it a more organic feel, and again, you can mess with this to your heart's content. You can also change the blend mode from normal to screen. It'll tend to look a little bit better when it's in screen mode. Maybe overlay to be able to see how the colors are are blending between the foreground and the background. One of the interesting things about green screen work is that the foreground does not have to be lit the same way the background is in here. For example, I've got Lisa. If we look at this shot, let's kill the computer audio. So I just take that out. If I take a look at this shot, this is about as malevolent as it gets. This is my N C. I s shot Bom Bom Bom. Yes, you are about to die now the background is beautifully flat lit. If we take a look at this on the scope, the green is right around 45 to 50%. And look how evenly lit that is. This is exactly the way you want green screens to be. Look over here, the green screen. If we take a look again without the key. The green screen perfect at 50%. That's where you want the green screen to be right in the middle, right at 50%. And this Flatliners you can achieve again. Turn off the scopes, highlight the clip. Go to the kier, apply the Keir turn on our background image. And now we've keyed Lisa into a night seen even a shot in the middle of the day. We have a night scene and look at how the color on this side of her face picks up the gold from there. Well, because the background the greenest transparent I can click this. Go to the Transform command. Go to video, scroll down, go to transform, change your horizontal position, and I can move her mawr into the river. So she's looking at the bad guy that says, OK, kill him, she says. All right, you're about to die, and boom evil is about to ensue. We can then take this background, go up to the blur category, apply a Gaussian blur, select the background, decrease the background, and now we've created a depth of field shot where Lisa is in focus because we're shooting this with a DSLR camera the background is out of focus. And no one would believe that this was shot on a green screen. States, they're going to say you're in Melbourne, Australia. Shooting Lisa. Well, there's another cool thing that we can do if I grab the Earth clip here. This is a question. It came up in the live chat. I'm gonna change the speed of the earth. Notice here. The Earth is rotating at a very slow speed. If I select this clip, go to the Smurf on a headset. Speed this up four times and now watch it. Let me just drag it over here. She can see what it looks like. Notice how now the earth is spinning a lot faster. I take the background, I change the speed of the earth. Hide the river, Yarrow. Go back to our green screen key. Select the earth. Find an effect called flipped F l I. It helps if I spell the word right. F l I p goto all drop the flip clip in to put the earth on the other side. Grab Lisa, Drag her sideways. Go down to transform. Grab the exposition. Move her just a bit over now. watch what happens. I've got the earth speeding up. Lisa looking at it. She turns over and says, Earth is about to die. Bump. Um, bone. This is exciting stuff. Simple effects. I flipped the Earth to put it on the other side of the frame. I moved Lisa to the left so she would balance with the earth. I sped up the earth. I chroma keyed Lisa. Four different effects. But each one in and of itself is simple. Let's do one more. This is the one that I like the most. It's called the Pleasantville Effect. I've got a woman here and I want tohave her dress stay red while the rest of the image goes black and white. This was popularized by a movie about 10 15 years ago called Pleasantville. Well, let's find that. Let me just look at the shot space bar. She walks the distance of the pier searching for her sailor friend. All right, cool. Too much color. I just want to keep the red dress. So I'm gonna find the very first frame, select the clip, go up to the video tab, go to color correction and notice these two icons this allows me to create a shape mask, which is impossible to describe with the red dress and hang on a second. I just want make sure of one thing good and the other allows me to select a color. So I'm gonna select a color mask. Click on the color mask. That's that icon. It opens up a color mass, click the eyedropper and let's zoom in a bit on her red dress so we can actually see what's going on. This is an actual HD image. So I'm gonna zoom in enough that I can see her red dress. Click the Eyedropper Command and I'm gonna click. Hold on, drag, Click the eyedropper and click All right, Children, we are not going to play this game. We're going to behave ourselves. We're gonna click the color mask wearing a click the eyedropper and we're gonna click to select. It would help if time out do do do turns and the skimmer off. There we go. He clicked the eyedropper tool. It now allows me to select the red dress. Now, when you select the red dress, you see there's two circles there. You want to make sure that the circle doesn't go outside the Collier selecting, which means it's going to select Sky and other stuff. So I'm gonna make sure the red dress is selected, but nothing else gets selected. And just because I want to be safe here, I'll hold the shift. Key down will just drag over here, select a little bit Mawr. The red dress. There we go. And now I've got the red dress selected. Let's zoom this back shift Z, and although you can't see any difference, we now have a color mask covers her red dress. We go to click the color correction. I want to click outside the mask, so I click on the outside setting and I want to take saturation all the way to zero. Grab saturation. Look at the sky. You'll see it there and the soil. Notice it. Now everything is black and white except her red dress, and as she walks away, she walks away, retaining the red dress. But everything else is black and white. One of the cool things about effects inside Final cut is there so much that you can do? Whether it's something as simple as blend modes is complexes. Chroma key or is really off the wall is the Pleasantville effect, which allows us to use color, correction and new and innovative ways.

Class Description


  • Import media into Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Use its media management tools to organize your files
  • Explore the endless possibilities for creating amazing video effects and dig into audio.
  • Sharpen the skills you need to edit, trim, and combine clips to create a dynamic, engaging final cut.


Apple® Final Cut Pro® X has been rocking the film editing world since its initial release in 1999. Today, eleven upgrades later, the video editor's users number in the millions and its editing tools have powered major motion picture and small screen edits. Join Larry Jordan to learn what makes this video editing software so powerful, versatile, and indispensable.

Now an industry standard video editor alongside options like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X encompasses pro-level editing tools for Mac. Final Cut Pro is a Mac-only program with professional tools that blow the free video editing software and budget video editors like iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Movie Maker out of the water. The video software can handle everything from 360-degree video to Hollywood-level productions. But navigating those advanced editing tools is a daunting task for beginners. Pretending Final Cut Pro is an intuitive, beginners program will only leave you frustrated and missing the biggest features.


Whether you are brand new to editing, self-taught, or a seasoned pro, this course will take your editing skills and Apple Final Cut Pro X mastery to a whole new level, from upload to save.

Apple Final Cut Pro X


Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant, digital media analyst, and trainer with over 35 years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He is recognized as the foremost trainer in both Apple Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac and Windows) where his informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. Jordan is on the faculty at both USC and Video Symphony and the host of the weekly podcast.


  1. Introduction

    Larry Jordan says a majority of the Final Cut Pro X technical help questions he answers stem from jumping right into editing without understanding how the software works. In the first lesson, learn what to expect in the class and why, when you edit videos, you start with organization.

  2. Key Terms

    Video editing tools are often confusing for newbies because of the terminology. Walk through the jargon you need to know and key concepts for Final Cut Pro to get started on the right foot.

  3. System Configuration and RAID Storage

    Final Cut Pro X can run on any Mac except for the Mac mini. Here, learn the best system set up for video editing and learn how to make your budget go the farthest when setting up a computer for video editing, and why storage, not the computer is most important.

  4. Q&A with Creating an Efficient Workflow

    Video editing with Final Cut Pro is just as much about the actual tools as it is about creating an efficient workflow. In this lesson, find the answers to some of the biggest questions in the workflow.

  5. Interface and Media Management

    Understanding the Final Cut Pro X interface helps you navigate through the program from one step of the workflow to the next. Explore Final Cut's single window interface and the three broad sections, as well as where to find the hidden windows and what they do.

  6. Importing Media Part 1

    Final Cut Pro will import any videos supported by your computer, from files that already exist on a hard drive to videos from a camera's SD card. Walk through the import process and options, from basic options to marking favorite locations, when working with files that already exist on the hard drive.

  7. Importing Media Part 2

    Final Cut Pro will also import your media for you from a camera. Larry walks quickly through what's the same when importing from a camera and points out the important differences when using different import methods.

  8. Ratings and Keywords

    Creating a video often means working with multiple, long video files. This lesson walks through organizing video clips to make finding the exact clip you need easy. Larry then walks you through creating the actual project and getting started in the video editing process itself.

  9. Reviewing Clips for Edit

    Time to dig into editing -- but where do you start? Reviewing the available clips to see what to include is a good place to start. Larry walks you through the process, from the keyboard shortcuts, to marking a clip.

  10. Importing Clips

    Once you've identified some clips to work with, it's time to actually add them to your timeline. Jordan walks through the different options from using keyboard shortcuts to mark the in and out to using a simple drag and drop to the timeline. Whichever option you use, Jordan says, don't worry too much about getting it exact because you can fine-tune further later on.

  11. Editing an Interview Demo

    In this essential lesson, see a finished clip and walk through how the interview was assembled. Larry outlines the fundamentals of assembling an interview -- using techniques that work with any type of video edit -- in Apple® Final Cut Pro® X.

  12. Replace Edit and Timeline Index

    Continue to work with the timeline with tricks for replacing clips. Larry walks through simple methods, like using a drag and drop, to more advanced options like the three-point edit, as well as timeline tricks for working with chroma-key. Learn replacement edits along with other timeline tricks in this lesson.

  13. Compound Clips and Auditions

    Compound clips and auditions are specialized functions inside Apple Final Cut Pro. An audition allows video editors to compare clips easily. A compound clip is a project inside of a project. Walk through the how, why and when for these advanced features.

  1. Editing Review

    Jump back into video editing with the editing review that launches day two of this three-day class. Larry reviews the first part of the class and gives you insight into what's next.

  2. Trimming Part 1

    The way clips are assembled in the final video plays a big role on how the final video influences the viewer's emotions. Larry mixes the art of clip trimming with the tools inside Final Cut Pro.

  3. Trimming Part 2

    Trimming isn't always adjusting the beginning and end of a clip. Larry walks through the process of creating a slip trim, as well as tricks like trimming multiple clips at once.

  4. How We Hear

    Jumping into audio, learn the basic terms to audio editing, how we hear, and get started on understanding audio tracks inside Final Cut Pro.

  5. Audio Key Terms with Q&A

    Continue unraveling audio editing with key audio terms that aren't specific to Final Cut Pro. Learn how sound is visually represented and how to set levels for the best sound.

  6. Audio Basics, Meters, and Inspector

    Work with levels and audio inside the Final Cut Pro timeline by diving into the video editor's basic audio tools. Larry walks the class through levels, audio meters, keyframes and more. Learn how to eliminate a cough from the audio, how to reset parameters and more.

  7. Audio Q&A

    Audio is a big component to understanding video editing. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions with this quick lesson using questions from students just like you.

  8. Dual System Sound and Audio Analysis

    Video and sound are sometimes recorded separately -- often when the mic built-into the DSLR or GoPro used to record the video isn't great at capturing audio. Larry walks through the process of syncing audio to the clip with double system recording along with the audio analysis tool that allows Final Cut to conduct an automatic analysis and fix some audio problems.

  9. Multicam Editing Part 1

    Editing video shot with multiple cameras is a common task in the video industry -- and Final Cut Pro has tools designed just for the task. Larry walks through the basics of multicam editing and getting started with the multicam feature. Learn how to group the cameras, create a new multicam clip and adjust the order using the angle editor to prep the workspace for working with videos from multiple cameras.

  10. Multicam Editing Part 2

    Once the footage is grouped and ready, follow Larry through the process of finessing those multiple feeds into a cohesive video. Start with setting the audio to a single camera, then move into switching the camera angles with a simple click and more advanced multicam tools.

  11. Transitions Part 1

    Transitions help make moving from multiple cuts a smooth experience. Learn the keyboard shortcuts for transitions, timing transition adjustments, and adjusting a transition with a roll trim.

  12. Transitions Part 2

    Creating transitions is an art -- learn the three main types of transitions, when to use them, what emotions transitions bring, and working with transitions in Final Cut Pro.

  13. Formatting and Animating Titles

    Titles reinforce key pieces of information, Larry says. Learn how to use titles, how long to leave titles up, where to place titles, and how to format titles in Final Cut Pro.

  1. Additional Effects

    Titles aren't the only type of special effects you can create inside Final Cut Pro. In the first lesson of the final day of the class, get a peek at what's up ahead, including how to add video stabilization, correct rolling shutter, work with images and create special effects like the Ken Burns effect.

  2. Editing and Trimming Review

    Recap the editing and trimming essentials to review what Larry says is the most essential thing to understand on using Final Cut Pro. Larry puts all the editing and trimming together in a final look at the process.

  3. Changing Speed of a Clip

    The speed of a clip can create drama. Learn how to manipulate the timeline with techniques like freeze frames, variable speed, and slow motion. Decipher the retime menu and learn the tools for manipulating time.

  4. Inspector Effects

    The Inspector inside Final Cut Pro allows video editors to make changes, from adding video stabilization to adjusting the aspect ratio. Follow Larry through the Inspector Effects to learn the special effects hiding in this menu.

  5. The Effects Browsers and Generators

    Video editors can create their own videos directly inside Final Cut Pro using Generators, a tool that's helpful for creating backgrounds for infographics and other items. Larry walks through the Generators and how to use them, along with diving into the Effects Browser interface.

  6. Blend Modes

    Blend Modes originated in Photoshop, but introduce some interesting special effects for video editors as well. Learn how to use blend modes, change the opacity for regular clips and picture-in-picture, and more in this lesson.

  7. Effects Q&A

    Dive into the most frequently asked questions on special effects as Larry explores questions posed by students just like you.

  8. Simple Effects

    Final Cut Pro has a number of different special effects options. Larry walks you through the most useful special effects and how to use them, so that you'll know how to manipulate those oddball effects too.

  9. Intro to Color Correction

    Color correction is a big enough task that entire careers are dedicated to the task. Learn what you need to know on color correction basics to successfully create a color-corrected video inside Final Cut Pro.

  10. Video Scopes

    Final Cut Pro uses three main video scopes -- the waveform monitor, the vectorscope, and the histogram. Larry walks through how to use each tool in color correction.

  11. Color Correcting for Video

    Learn what colors are most essential to get right and how to manually adjust color in videos inside this lesson. Work with the vectorscope and waveform monitor to edit color in a video.

  12. Color Correcting Skintone

    If the skin color is off, the entire video looks off. Larry walks you through how to adjust skin tones. Every skin tone is different -- this lesson is designed to give you the tools and know-how to correct for every skin tone.

  13. Color Correction Q&A

    Dive into the most common questions on color correction with this short lesson taking questions from students.

  14. Audio Effects Part 1

    Visual effects are only half of the special effects equation. Walk through audio effects, from manipulating audio levels to creating a stereo mix.

  15. Audio Effects Part 2

    Continue digging into audio special effects with advanced techniques inside Final Cut Pro. Work with channel filters to mix voice and music and the limiter filter to correct audio that's too soft.

  16. Exporting and Sharing

    After all that editing, how do you share your video? Walk through the export process, from exporting an XTML and a master file to sharing to YouTube directly from Final Cut Pro. Learn about exporting to different file formats and video formats, including .mp4.


a Creativelive Student

Absolutely one of the best & easy to follow teaching / learning sessions for this product. Larry has a great approach & insight into delivering a wealth of information from his years of experience that budding video engineers will certainly benefit from with a product that is powerful & great to use. I'm enjoying the journey to better understand & use this great product, expanding my experience in producing awesome video presentations. Great work Larry, & also huge fan of creativelive Keep up the great work you all do to assist budding producers in mastering their skills. Noel Blake Melbourne Australia


Final Cut Pro with Larry Jordan has been of enormous help to me just stating in FCPX. Larry has a unique way of getting the message on the basics across in an easy to understand manner. I have not yet looked at the entire course as I am practicing the steps as I go through the course. Many programs of FCP are not presented in the easy to follow manner thatL array does so well. I am 100% delighted with my purchase. I am in Sydney, Australia, and, due to the time difference it is impractical to view courses live. So I had to purchase on trust which in this case was a good choice. It would be good if Creative Live could perhaps rerun programs so overseas folks could view them at a convenient time. The courses still need to be purchased as I find it best to run it on another monitor and put what is taught into practice. Well done and thanks for the special offer in July.

a Creativelive Student

Attending this class was really a life-changing experience. Larry is a wonderful teacher and clearly on top of the program and methodology, and the way he structured the course, did frequent reviews and constant technique reminders (naming keyboard shortcuts as he did them, for example) really added a lot to the presentation. The depth of the class was very much appreciated, and his command of a complex subject showed that it was possible. I have wanted to understand FCP for several years and have only gotten the beginnings of a handle on it in the last 6 months or so. This class was an exponential knowledge upload and I hope will allow me to do lots of things I've only wondered about. I thought Jim was a good foil for Larry and did a nice job keeping things together, even when there was a technical problem. The value for me of being able to sit through the class before deciding to purchase was huge, and I am very much looking forward to reviewing the videos as questions come up. The class was very thorough and I didn't feel anything was being left out. Thank you so much for making it available.

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