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Are you wasting rendering time (and cycles) because you applied a filter to an entire clip, but are really using it's effects ...
on only a portion of that clip? In this podcast, I'll show you how to apply a filter to only a portion of a clip.
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Welcome to the TDMD Daily Tip Podcast. My name is Marcelo Lewin. The digital media dude. Today’s tip is for Final Cut Pro in how to add filters to a portion of a clip instead of the entire clip.
Perhaps there are only 100 frames in the clip that you would like to add a secondary color correction filter to. By adding the filter to only those 100 frames, you can save the rendering time it would take to render the entire clip. So let me show you how to do that. Okay here we are in Final Cut Pro and as you can see I have a project open and have one file, one clip already loaded into the timeline.
So what I want to do is want to go ahead and add a filter, but instead of adding filter to the entire clip. I would like to add a filter to just a portion, so maybe about a second of the clip. And the way I want to do that is the first thing you want to do is you want to go to your toolbar. You go to the range selection tool. Now the other way to select that is by just clicking the G three times and that automatically gives you the range selection. To get back to the section tool, you press letter A. To go back again to the range selection tool, you press the letter G three times one, two, three.
You can go ahead and I’m going to make the track a little bit bigger. You just literally select the portion of the clip you want to do something to. So I’ve selected this portion here. Then what I’ll do is I’ll go into my effects tab then I’m going to add a 3D image grid filter and I’m just going to drop it inside. Once I do that. You will notice if I press play. Then my video is playing normally then it goes into this three D image grid and then when it gets out of the selection. It plays back normally. Also notice that I have a render bar here.
Now the cool thing here is that I only really wanted the effect in this selection. So the only thing I will have to render is the selection where I have the filter not the entire clip. So again that is a really new feature of using this range selection versus a plain filter to the entire clip. Under my filter you will notice a gray bar. The gray bar is the length of the entire clip. So for example if I go to my timeline, hit the up arrow key which takes me to the beginning of the added point, you will see here that I’m at the beginning of the clip. If I hit the down arrow, it takes me to the end of the clip. So the light gray bar represents the entire clip.
Now if you’ll look up here. You will notice black lines which represent the beginning and end of the range of the clip where the filter was applied. Now I can easily take this range and just drag it to the right or drag it to the left and this will reposition the effect on the clip. So for example I’m going to drag it to the right and you will notice that the render is gone from where my selection was which my selection is still here. And now it’s in this spot. So that means that my effect will take place later. So if I press play, I’ll put my timeline indicator on top of the selection. You’ll see that it’s normal, but when it’s going to hit the render there, then it goes into the effect.
So that’s one thing you is you can grab the effect and slide it to different places. The other thing you can do is you can extend or shorten the actual length of the clip effect. So in this case I’m going to extend it all the way to the end of the clip which if I press the down arrow. It takes me to the end of my edit. You can see that my clip effect now goes all the way to the end of the clip. If I go up to the edit at the beginning, I don’t have the filter, but as I get closer to the filter range, there comes my filter. So now I can also then take that and reposition it or I can extend it to the entire length of the clip.
Well that’s it for now. I hope you enjoy this Podcast. I love to hear from you. If you have a moment please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So until the next Podcast, this is Marcelo Lewin. The digital media dude. Cheers.