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andy baumgartner
Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 2:57:36 am

Hi, how can I add a default black background to images (so the video layer underneath doesn't show through)? It seems like it should be easy, but I haven't found an answer on the forum yet.

Thanks!


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Michael Gissing
Re: Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 3:49:32 am

If the image you want is on the top layer and the layers below are showing for some reason, then delete the lower layers.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 6:59:30 am

[Michael Gissing] "delete the lower layers."

Or, right click and simply disable them, because you might change your mind and decide to use them later.

However, if you really must put a black solid underneath, just use a slug, which is always available to you at any time by clicking on the little icon below the jog wheel on the right side of the FCP viewer that looks like a film frame with an "A" on it.

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andy baumgartner
Re: Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:22:04 pm

Thanks, a slug should make things a little faster. I'd been using the blade tool to separate the video underneath and set it's opacity to 0 but if I want to adjust the length of the picture there's many more steps than if a background automatically filled the space behind the pic.

Does the feature I described not exist in final cut?

Thanks.


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andy baumgartner
Re: Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:26:48 pm

Control B Disables the clip I separate which is pretty fast. So my problems is 70% solved. An automatic black background would still be faster, maybe I'll just batch the photos in photoshop...


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Black Background for Images
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:42:03 pm

[andy baumgartner] "An automatic black background would still be faster"

Not for me... I use disable a lot and like it for all the options it gives me for changes and revisions.

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Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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