Transitions, titles, effects, and generators overview

You can easily add special effects to video, audio, and photos in your projects.

Video Animation Editor

Final Cut Pro provides several kinds of effects and controls:

  • Transitions: Add an effect between clips to control how they change from one to the next. See Transitions overview.

  • Titles: Use to add text at any point in your project. See Titles overview.

  • 3D Titles: Use to add 3D text at any point in your project. See 3D titles overview.

  • Effects: Use to do a wide variety of things to your video and audio clips, from subtle (add film grain or a color effect to the video, or a graphic equalizer to the audio) to not so subtle (add droplet ripples or an insect-eye view to the video, or apply an exaggerated pitch shift to the audio). There are two main types of effects:

    • Built-in effects: Use these standard effects to resize, move, rotate, trim, skew, crop, or apply the Ken Burns zooming effect to a video clip. These effects are already part of each Timeline clip—you just need to adjust them. See Built-in effects overview.

    • Clip effects: Use these effects to change your video and audio clips to either correct issues or create stunning new looks or sounds. See Clip effects overview.

  • Generators: Add a special element like a placeholder clip, a timecode generator, or a countdown timer, or add colors, patterns, or animated backgrounds to your project. See Generators overview.

  • Onscreen controls: Customize many of your effects using onscreen controls. See Onscreen controls overview.

  • Video Animation: Vary effect settings as a clip plays. See Video animation overview.

Effects can be added to any clips in the Timeline. Once they have been added (or in the case of built-in effects, adjusted), you can customize the effects using controls in an inspector, onscreen controls in the Viewer, and controls in the Video Animation Editor and Audio Animation Editor. You can also try out multiple versions of an effect using auditions.

Most of the effects and generators can be opened in Motion, an Apple application designed to work with Final Cut Pro, where you can customize and save specialized versions of them.

Note: If you are using a transition, title, effect, or generator created in Motion that utilizes a third-party plug-in, and that plug-in is not installed on your Final Cut Pro system, the Final Cut Pro project may render incorrectly or incompletely. To verify if this is the cause, open the template in Motion; if there are offline elements, you will see a warning dialog. For more information on how to open a template in Motion, see Create specialized versions of transitions in Motion, Create specialized versions of titles in Motion, Create specialized versions of video effects in Motion, or Create specialized versions of generators in Motion.