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I just love that static effect that HBO uses at the beginning of some of their programming; you can create that static effect yourself right in Final Cut Pro by using the Noise Generator.  The Noise Generator makes random "pixel noise", similar to static.

You can find the Noise Generator in the Generators pop-up menu (located in Viewer window, bottom right side).  From the Generators menu, go to Render > Noise.

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The random noise can be adjusted to appear in different levels of the clip such as the alpha, red, green, and blue channels using the slider controls.  You can also animate the noise by checking the Random box, and you can create color static by checking the Color box.  These parameters are all found in the Controls tab.

noisegenerator2.gif A Noise Generator, when superimposed over a video image with a very low opacity level, can be used to simulate grain, similar to a film image.

Just remember, that Noise sometimes looks a lot different on your small Canvas preview window than it does on a TV.  You might want to experiment with the final product to find the right opacity setting to get the effect you want in your project.  Having a TV hooked up to your workstation can be a big help with this.  Also remember that using the Noise generator doesn't compress well and tends to pixilate if you reduce the dimensions, for example


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