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How can apply an effect to the RESULT of multiple composited clips in Final Cut Pro X? Googling all I see is how to apply the same effect to multiple clips but that's not what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to apply a single effect to the result of compositing multiple clips.

For example, one way would be to render my video without effects. Then start a new project, load the rendered video, apply the effect. It seems like I shouldn't have to render the video and start an entire new project to achieve this.

To give a simple example. Start a new project. Make the project 1280x720p, drop in a iPhone portrait mode video (make sure the project stays 1280x720p), apply the colorize event. Since the colorize event only applies to the clip I get this

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But I want it to apply to the entire video (the result of all the clips)

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Note I am not try to achieve the effect shown above. I just needed to throw together an example showing the issue (effect applies to clip instead of to entire video).

Is there a way to do it short of rendering out the entire video, starting a new project and applying the effects to the rendered video?

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I’m not entirely sure what you explain. However I try. Did you look into the option of an adjustment layer? http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/tutorials/945-how-to-build-and-use-adjustment-layers-in-final-cut-pro-x

  • That would work. I guess I need to go buy Motion though. – gman Mar 2 '18 at 2:24
  • Someone posted a already created Adjustment Layer from Motion here – gman Mar 2 '18 at 2:33
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I can't see your timeline so I'm not sure if this might help too:

I think you can select all clips within the timeline and than group them (alt + g) to a compound clip. This way you can add effects onto the compound layer and it will be placed on all.

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