Adjust effects in Final Cut Pro

Most effects have one or more parameters that you can adjust using the Video inspector or Audio inspector, the Viewer, or the Video Animation Editor or Audio Animation Editor. You can also control how the effect is applied to the clip, either gradually or constantly.

Adjust an effect in the Video inspector and Viewer

  1. In the Timeline, select the clip with the effect you want to adjust.

  2. Locate the effect in the Video inspector or Audio inspector.

    Effects section of Video inspector showing adjustment controls

    In the above example, there are several settings for the Censor effect. Many effects also have adjustments that appear in the Viewer, known as onscreen controls.

    Tip: For audio effects, you can click the Controls button (to the right of the effect’s name) to show a custom control window.

    Effects section of Audio inspector showing Controls button for accessing additional controls
  3. Select effect parameters and adjust their settings as needed.

To return the effect’s values to their default settings, you can click the effect’s Reset button .

Adjust an effect in the Video Animation Editor

Many effect parameters can be adjusted in the Video Animation Editor. Additionally, you can set these parameters to fade in and out, allowing you to gradually apply the effect’s settings.

  1. Select the clip with the video effect in the Timeline.

  2. Choose Clip > Show Video Animation (or press Control-V).

    The effect appears as one of the animations in the Video Animation Editor above the clip. You can click its checkbox to turn the effect off and on. Effects that have more than one adjustable attribute also have a pop-up menu for you to choose the attribute to show and adjust.

    Video Animation Editor controls
  3. To vertically expand the effect’s adjustment area, choose a specific effect adjustment from the pop-up menu (if present) and double-click it.

    This applies only to effect adjustments that have a single value. An icon appears on the right side of the effect’s section if the adjustment can be expanded.

  4. To have the effect’s setting fade in and out of the clip, drag the handles on either end of the effect.

    Video Animation Editor with expanded area showing specific effect adjustment

    You can also drag the horizontal line up and down to control the effect’s selected setting (Amount, in the above example). Any keyframes you add also appear.

Show the audio effects applied to a clip

  1. Select the clip with the audio effect in the Timeline.

  2. Choose Clip > Show Audio Animation (or press Control-A).

    Audio Animation Editor

The audio effect appears as one of the animations in the Audio Animation Editor. You can click its green checkbox to turn the effect off and on.