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Editing Effect Templates in Final Cut Pro X

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If you are a Final Cut Pro X user, you may find that certain built-in effects and generators are fairly limited in terms of parameters that you can adjust.

For example, the built-in gradient generator doesn't allow you to change colors.

Well, the fix is simple. This tutorial requires that you have Motion 5 installed.  If you have Motion 5, you can make changes to any built-in effect within Final Cut Pro X.  You can then create new effects with all the parameters and adjustments that you need.

Check out this short tutorial on how to publish new parameters within Final Cut Pro X by using Motion 5.

Click on the title of this blog for the full tutorial.
Final Cut Pro X provides a variety of built in transitions, filters and backgrounds that you can use for your projects.

It turns out these effects are actual Motion 5 Projects.

This means that if you have Motion 5 installed you can make changes to the effect, and then save it as a customized version.

Let’s say you want to add a gradient to your Final Cut Pro project.

For example, in this project, I’m going to replace this background clip with the gradient generator that’s built into Final Cut Pro X.

When I click on the gradient clip within my project, you will notice you do not have the ability to change the colors of the gradient.

So, don’t worry. 

If you have Motion 5 installed, all you need to do is right click on the gradient generator and choose open a copy in Motion.

After Motion opens, navigate to layers window, and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the generator layer.

Then click on the gradient layer.

Then click on the inspector tab.

Within the inspector window, twirl down the disclosure triangle for the gradient color bar.

Click on the first RGB color stop off to the left.

Then click on disclosure arrow for the color parameter and choose publish.

Then click on the second RGB color stop.

Click on the disclosure arrow again and choose publish.

Now navigate back to the layers menu, and click on the project layer.

You can now rename the published parameters.

This will give a description of the published parameter that you will see when you move back to Final Cut Pro X.

Then navigate to the file menu and choose save as.

Give your new template a name.

You can use the keyboard shortcut command H to hide Apple Motion to get back to Final Cut Pro X.

So now, you will see your new customized generator within Final Cut Pro X.

A quick note: If you are using the original template in your project, will you need to replace your original clip with the new generator in order to see the new parameters.

Then, click on the new generator clip within your project.

Now you will see the additional parameters that you published from Motion within the inspector window.

So now, I can change the colors of the gradient.

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in a Final Cut Pro X training course, visit GeniusDV.com

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