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  • adam dewhirst

    April 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

    with a clip on the primary storyline there is no option in the inspector tab to adjust opacity. it only appears when i add another clip to the secondary storyline. my very basic question is : how do i adjust the opacity of a clip on the primary storyline (base track) in fcpx?

  • Eric Santiago

    April 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Do you want to lower the clips Diffuse Color?
    Im not sure if anyone would be adding a transparency to a clip on the A track (in this case the Primary Storyline)wihtout adding a clip under it for layering.
    Not sure what your plans are but if want to save the clip out with an Alpha Channel why not just place it in the Connected section?

    Edit: My bad I dont think you can export from FCPX with Alpha at current state.

  • Tom Wolsky

    April 26, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Select the clip. Press Control-V for video animations. Double click opacity. Pull the line down to adjust opacity.

    All the best,

    Tom

    “Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users” from Focal Press
    Class on Demand DVDs “Complete Training for FCP7,” “Basic Training for FCS” and “Final Cut Express Made Easy”
    Coming in 2012 “Complete Training for FCPX” from Class on Demand

  • adam dewhirst

    April 26, 2012 at 2:12 am

    thanks tom,

    so the transparency of the clip in the primary storyline won’t show up in the inspector at all?

    eric,

    i will be fading clips from and to black : like a pulse. i guess i could place a slug clip on the base track (storyline) and use the secondary storyline but that seems a lot more awkward to me. much prefer to work with tracks. looking forward to seeing what lightworks for mac is like as being an artist rather than a professional i can’t really justify paying for premiere or avid on top of fcpx.

  • Tom Wolsky

    April 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Only in the video animation HUD. Are you going to export the file with transparency? If you’re just darkening the image, you might want to look at some of the effects which can produce interesting results. Most are animatable.

    All the best,

    Tom

    “Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users” from Focal Press
    Class on Demand DVDs “Complete Training for FCP7,” “Basic Training for FCS” and “Final Cut Express Made Easy”
    Coming in 2012 “Complete Training for FCPX” from Class on Demand

  • Bret Williams

    April 26, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I think I would create a black clip with a fade in and out. Put it on the track above. Copy and paste at will. Faster. Easier to move and adjust than Keyframes.

    So…. We still cant copy and paste Keyframes in FCP? That’s been a feature request since 1.0. Sigh.

  • Jim Giberti

    April 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    [Bret Williams] “So…. We still cant copy and paste Keyframes in FCP? That’s been a feature request since 1.0. Sigh.

    This is part of the ever growing lost of “niggling things that X can’t do that working editors and designers need it to do”.

    I was just designing a TV close last night, a lot of elements that needed the same curves. This simple, basic feature would have saved me the cost of the program.

    Apple needs to assign a team of “non-visionaries” who can look at the host of simple, essential functions that they seem to have ignored in their celebration of brilliance.

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