Tip #1589: New Use for Custom Overlays

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1589: New Use for Custom Overlays

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Overlays appear in the Viewer, but never export.

The Overlay portion of the View menu in the top right corner of the Viewer.

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In Tip #980, I showcased a new Final Cut feature: Custom Overlays. But, recently, I discovered a new use for this feature that saves time during editing.

All the videos I post to social media have my website burned in as a watermark. For a variety of reasons, it is far easier to add watermarks during compression than to try to add it during the edit.

The problem is that I don’t always remember that the watermark will be added later and create text, titles or other visuals which are blocked by the watermark.

So, I created a custom overlay that displays my watermark during editing, but never outputs it.

This gives me the best of both worlds: a constant reminder of the size and position of the watermark, with no risk it will export as part of the master file.



Here’s a tutorial from my website that describes how to create and apply overlays in more detail.

If you want an overlay to burn in during export, either create it as a caption or a title. Overlays can not be included in the final export.

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