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Argus Ray
Adding a background behind a clip in the timeline.
on Oct 9, 2014 at 9:12:51 pm

Hello All:

I'm working with a 4:3 clip in a 16:9 timeline. The client wants a color background to cover the black bars on either side of the video.

Is it possible to create a background color behind a timeline? Or, is the solution to key a color (orange in this case) over the black side bars?

Thanks in advance.

Argus


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Adding a background behind a clip in the timeline.
on Oct 9, 2014 at 9:39:55 pm

Use 2 layers. Bottom layer is a slug or solid or whatever FCP calls its version of a still image that's a solid color. Upper layer is the 4x3 video with a mask on it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Shane Ross
Re: Adding a background behind a clip in the timeline.
on Oct 9, 2014 at 9:49:48 pm

Don't even need the mask. Just put it on an upper layer. Make sure the sequence settings are 16:9...put the COLOR SOLID on V1, and the clip on V2...bammo...you have color on the sides.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Adding a background behind a clip in the timeline.
on Oct 9, 2014 at 10:43:04 pm

To make it blend a bit more, and not look as awkward, use the color sampling tool when you're making your color layer, and sample one of the major color areas of the actual motion video. Then also apply some vignette to that layer, and maybe add soft drop shadow to the top video layer.

You can also duplicate the actual video layer underneath, blow it up and gaussian blur the heck out of it, as a background. Very popular technique for fitting vertical videos into 16x9 space.


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