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Steve Taylor
Rounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 26, 2014 at 5:04:41 pm

I've used the distort tool before to fit a clip over a tv screen as if to look like the clip is on tv, but can't figure out how to round the edges to fit a rounded vintage tv screen instead of a perfect rectangle. Can anyone help?
Thanks


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Bret Williams
Re: Rounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 26, 2014 at 10:29:36 pm

There's an effect called mask. You can control the roundness. You can add a little feather too. Use that to get the rounded square, then distort it into the TV.


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Kerry Brown
Re: Rounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 27, 2014 at 4:49:45 am

Go to effects- distortion- crop and feather


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Bret Williams
Re: Rounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 27, 2014 at 2:44:52 pm

Good call! I didn't realize crop and feather had roundness control. Makes it almost exactly the same effect as "mask" except mask gives you 4 discreet corners that don't have to be perpendicular.

Why they don't just add roundness and feather to the crop controls in the inspector is kinda bizarre.


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Craig Alan
Re: Rounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 27, 2014 at 9:33:45 pm

generally, lots of overlap between stuff that can be done directly in the timeline/inspector/viewer vs adding an effect from the effect's browser. I assume there is a technical difference on how these are being applied.

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Steve Taylor
Re: ounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 27, 2014 at 11:36:06 pm

All great suggestions, but I'm still a little restricted with the shape and rounding controls. Is there a way to provide even more freedom with shaping the clip? More free form? Thanks.


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Bret Williams
Re: ounding the edges of a clip in Final Cut Pro X
on Jul 27, 2014 at 11:51:26 pm

Ah, round the edges, not the corners. You can create a custom matte in just about any drawing app. PS, Illustrator, iDraw, etc. Or you could buy a plugin like sliceX from CoreMelt and draw mattes right in X and track them to the TV if need be.


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