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FCP X with Chroma Key Drop Shadow

Learn how to create a drop shadow for your Chroma Key object in Final Cut Pro X. 

Chroma_Key_Drop_Shadow.png.pngAdding a drop shadow will help make your talent look more realistic within a scene.


To get started, I've already performed a chroma key to put my talent onto a sunny beach using the keyer effect.

If you're new to Final Cut Pro X, please review a separate tutorial on the basics of performing a chroma key in FCP X.

Select the clip segment that contains your green screen.

Use the keyboard shortcut Command C to copy the segment.

Make sure the skimmer is at the front of the clip segment you are going to copy.

Use the keyboard shortcut Command V to create an exact copy of the segment on top of itself.

Then select the top clip segment.

Click on the disclosure triangle in the bottom left corner of the Viewer Window and choose distort.

Viewer_Menu_Distort.pngWithin the viewer window, click and drag your chroma key object off to the side of the screen.

You should see 8 square blue pins which represent distortion angles.

Pull the middle top pin all the way down until your object is upside down.

Distrort_Layer.pngUse the distort pins to create an area of where the drop shadow will be displayed.

Distort_Green_Screen.pngNavigate over to the inspector window and make sure the video tab is active.

And twirl down the disclosure triangle for the Keyer.

Look for the View parameter, and click on the black and white matte option.

Black_White_Matte.pngThen click on the invert checkbox.

Invert_Chroma_Key.pngThen twirl up the disclosure triangle for the chroma keyer.

Navigate to the toolbar menu, and click on the effects browser button.

Within the effects browser window, find the keying category.

Double click on the Luma Keyer to add it onto your clip segment.

FCP_X_Luma_Key_Effect.pngThis will automatically key out the black area of the matte.

Navigate back to inspector window and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the Luma Keyer.

Click on the invert button.

Then twirl up the disclosure triangle for the Luma Keyer.

Navigate back to the effects browser and find the blur category.

Double click on Gaussian blur.

Guassian_Blur_Effect.pngAdjust the parameters for the amount of blur you like.

Adjust_Gaussian_Blur_Parameters.pngWithin the viewer window, make additional adjustments in terms of location and distortion for your drop shadow.

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

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