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Activity Forums Apple Final Cut Pro X PIP vs 3D shadow

  • Nick Toth

    June 29, 2011 at 2:58 am

    I can’t find it. I sent Apple feedback on it.

  • Jeff Greenberg

    June 29, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I had to build one in motion. I’ll see what I can do to publish it here on the cow (or on my own website) with instructions on how to implement it.


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  • Tony Silanskas

    June 29, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I haven’t done this yet, but you could probably open a copy of the “Crop & Feather” effect into Motion 5 and then add a Drop Shadow to the Rig (those new Motion things that you can add sliders, checkboxes, etc. to different parameters and such for easy changes). Then save it as “David’s Awesome Drop Shadow Remixed” to get you by until Apple adds one on it’s own.

    You don’t have to use the Crop & Feather effect but thought that might be a good starting place and a useful addition to that effect.


  • David A fenton

    June 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

    sold. the name did it =]

  • Nick Toth

    June 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    It’s easier than I thought

    1. Open Motion and choose File>New Final Cut Effect on the left
    2. Set the preset/frame rate/ duration in the upper right of the same window
    3. In the Layers window choose “Effect Source”
    4. Go to the Inspector and enable the drop shadow and open it to show all parameters
    5. Hover over the right end of each parameter block and a downward facing arrow will appear.
    6. Click on the down arrow and a menu will appear. Choose Publish for the Drop Shadow effect and for each of its parameters.
    7. Now choose File>Save As and a window will open. Template Name will be the name of the effect and Category will be the name of the container in the effects browser it will show up in.

    No need for rigs or anything else. It’s dead simple! This will apply directly to keyed overlay graphics with an alpha channel. For it to effect a PIP you just need to make the PIP video a compound clip.


  • Brendan Gibbons

    June 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Works a treat!

    Nice one, and thanks for sharing.



  • David A fenton

    June 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    coolness 🙂

    David A Fenton

  • Tony Silanskas

    June 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    [Nick Toth] “No need for rigs or anything else.”

    Aren’t the rigs needed to have slider controls in FCP X so you don’t have to open Motion to make changes? This would be great if the basic controls were just there in FCP X.


  • Tony Silanskas

    June 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    [David A Fenton] “sold. the name did it =]”

    And it took over 3.6 seconds to come up with that name so glad it was worth my time David. =)


  • Nick Toth

    June 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    That’s what I thought originally. But when you publish drop shadow and all of its parameters they show up in FCP the same as in Motion.


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