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As you may be able to tell from my short and hurried posts of the past few days, I'm on the road on a tight schedule.  Today's tip is actually pretty cool, so I'll write it up in more detail and with screenshots sometime in the next few days -- in the meantime, here's a summary that might be enough for an "aha!" moment if it sounds familiar.

During one of our on-site Final Cut training courses today, an editor migrating from Avid asked whether you could add whole sets of filters to your "Favorite Filters" bin.  For example, say you like to get your trademark "Film Look" effect by combining a film grain filter, some kind of ragged-border matte, a levels adjustment and some kind of 3:2 pulldown thing.  You can't drag that "stack" of filters directly into your "Favorite Filters" bin, right?


What you can do is work within a project: apply and tweak your filters on a piece of test media, create a bin in your project called "Film Look," select all of your tweaked filters in the Viewer, then drag them straight into your project's "Film Look" bin.  Since bins are organized alphabetically, you may want to rename the copies in your bin to place numbers in front of their names, corresponding to the order you want them applied.

Here's the cool part: you can drag the bin containing your effect set directly into your "Favorite Filters" bin on the Effects tab.  Now, when you want to apply your trademark stack of multiple filters, just apply the whole "Film Look" bin from your Favorites.  PFM.
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