Tip #1678: Create an Animated Background – Quick

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1678: Create an Animated Background – Quick

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Be sure to apply a blur to keep the background from decreasing readability.

(top to bottom) Glass Block & Gaussian Blur effects, with the effects applied to a video clip.

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Here’s a fast and fun way to create an animated background for text, graphics or other uses where you need the background animated, but not distracting.

  • Apply Effects Browser > Distortion > Glass Block to a clip.
  • Then, apply Effects Browser > Blur > Gaussian Blur to the same clip.

NOTE: The effects order is important, apply Glass Block first, then the blur. This softens the block edges so they don’t distract from foreground text.

  • Adjust the Angle in the Glass Block effect to make it a little less geometrically static.

Play the clip and watch what happens. The animation will be based on the amount of movement in the video clip. Some movement is good, too much movement will be distracting.


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