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Francis Robertson
on Oct 25, 2009 at 11:05:41 am

Hi, I have a question about slugs.

I'm not really familior with them, AVID jut treats any empty section of video track as a clip and I can apply filters and effects to them as I can with a normal clip.

I find this usefull when applying filters as transition effects, for example I can use a plugin (lets say Glow) and apply it to 8 frames on the layer above an edit and then alter the keyframes and parameters to create an interesting flash transition. I can do the same with Lens Flare and Paint and all the other effects in the pallete

I find this easier than having to apply the same effect to the last 4 and first four frames of the in-coming and out-going clips.

So I tried to do the same in FCP and it didn't let me.

Then I discovered slugs and I thought I had cracked it, but no.

I tried adjusting the opacity of the slug but that didn't work.

So what am I doing wrong? Can I apply effects in the same way as I am used to on AVID? Am I making sense?

Hope you can help.

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Tom Wolsky
Re: Slugs???
on Oct 25, 2009 at 12:42:07 pm

It's not going to work the way Avid works, period. You could try applying your lens flare or whatever to a slug and using a screen composite mode on it.

All the best,


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Francis Robertson
Re: Slugs???
on Oct 25, 2009 at 1:05:59 pm

Thanks, Ill try that.

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