Work with built-in effects

Following are ways you can work with built-in effects.

Turn off or reset the effect

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

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To turn off the effect and retain its settings: Click the blue checkbox next to the effect used (Transform, Crop, or Distort) in the Video inspector.

      You can click the checkbox again to turn the effect back on, making it easy to compare how the clip looks with and without the effect.

      Video inspector showing effect controls
    • To return all values for that effect to their default state: Click the Reset button .

    • To turn off the effect in the Video Animation Editor: Open the Video Animation Editor by choosing Clip > Show Video Animation (or pressing Control-V), and click the checkbox next to the effect you want to turn off.

      Video Animation Editor showing checkboxes for turning effects on and off

Animate built-in effects

Use keyframes to have the effect’s settings change as the clip plays. This applies to all built-in effects except the Ken Burns effect.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline.

  2. Choose the effect you want to animate from the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the Viewer.

    For this example, choose Transform (or press Shift-T).

  3. Place the Timeline’s playhead at the start of the clip.

  4. Adjust the effect’s onscreen controls to set the start position.

  5. Click the Add Keyframe button in the upper part of the Viewer.

    Viewer showing Transform effect and Add Keyframe button
  6. Move the playhead to the end of the clip.

  7. Adjust the effect’s controls to set the end position.

    A keyframe is automatically added. Additionally, for Transform effects, a line showing the image’s path appears.

    Viewer showing Transform effect, with two keyframes set and red line between keyframes indicating image path
  8. To finish, click Done in the upper-right corner of the Viewer.

When you play the clip, the video moves smoothly between the keyframes, creating an animated effect. You can actually add multiple keyframes by moving the playhead to a new position and changing the effect’s controls. For more information on working with keyframes, see Video animation overview.

Smooth position keyframes

You can modify the shape of a clip’s path in the Viewer by setting individual keyframes to be smooth. This adds a set of Bezier handles that allow you to create intricate, complex shapes and enables more control over the way your clips move. You can also remove the curves and the handles used to create them by setting a keyframe to be linear.

  1. In the Viewer, select a clip that has keyframes applied.

    To learn how to add keyframes to a clip, see “Animate built-in effect,” above.

  2. Click the Transform button to display the position keyframes.

  3. Control-click any individual keyframe, and choose an option from the shortcut menu:

    • To convert the keyframe to a smooth keyframe: Choose Smooth.

      Bezier handles appear, and you can drag those handles to control the curved shape of the path.

    • To convert the keyframe to a corner point: Choose Linear.

      Bezier handles are removed from the keyframe, and the keyframe becomes a corner point.

Adjust the Transform effect animation path

Transform animations have additional keyframe controls you can use to fine-tune the animation path. To show these, you first need to create a simple three-corner effect.

Viewer showing Transform effect, with three keyframes set and red line between keyframes indicating image path
  1. Select a clip in the Timeline and put the playhead at its start.

  2. Choose Transform from the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the Viewer (or press Shift-T), and drag the onscreen controls to reduce the image’s size and place it in the upper-left corner.

  3. Click the Add Keyframe button.

  4. Move the Timeline playhead to the middle of the clip.

  5. Use the Transform onscreen controls to move the image to the upper-right corner.

    A keyframe is automatically added, and a red line appears showing the animation’s path so far.

  6. Move the Timeline playhead to the end of the clip.

  7. Use the Transform onscreen controls to move the image to the bottom center.

    A keyframe is automatically added, and the red line extends to this new point.

  8. To jump between the keyframes, click the white squares along the red line.

    The first and last keyframes have white arrows.

    By default, the red line indicates a smooth path (indicated by how it curves).

  9. To control the curve of the path, click the starting or middle keyframe and drag the curve handles.

    Viewer showing Transform effect, with three keyframes set and curve handles on center keyframe for adjusting path’s curve
  10. Control-click a keyframe and choose an option from the shortcut menu:

    • Linear: Use for direct, non-curved paths in and out of that keyframe.

    • Smooth: Use for curved paths in and out of that keyframe, providing a more natural movement.

    • Delete Point: Use to delete that keyframe.

    • Lock Point: Use to prevent that keyframe from being adjusted. It changes to Unlock Point once set.

    • Disable Point: Use to ignore that keyframe, but keep the keyframe in place in case you want to use it later. It changes to Enable Point once set.

Composite effects over a background

Often, Transform, Trim, and Distort effects result in the image being less than full size, with the empty areas filled with black. You can replace the black with a background by placing the transformed clip over a background clip, known as compositing.

Do one of the following:

  • Add a clip to the Timeline as a connected clip and then add the effect to that clip.

    This places the clip above the primary storyline clip, which automatically becomes the effect’s background.

    Timeline showing connected storyline
  • If the clip is already in the primary storyline, drag it above the primary storyline, positioning it over the clip you want to be the background.

The result is a composited image.

Viewer showing composited image

For more information about working with connected clips, see Add storylines. For more information about compositing clips, see Compositing overview.