Tip #471: Create Visual Effect Keyframes Automatically

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #471: Create Visual Effect Keyframes Automatically

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

The Range tool allows quickly setting keyframes for a variety of effects.

Using the Range tool to select a range for keyframing a visual effect.

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You may know that we can set audio level keyframes quickly by selecting a range within a clip, then dragging the audio level line up or down. But did you also know you can use this same trick for visual effects? Here’s how.

  • Apply a video effect, such as a blur, to a clip.
  • Select the clip and choose Clip > Video Animation.
  • Double-click the disclosure triangle for the effect you want to adjust. (Top arrow)
  • Using the Range tool (shortcut: R), select the range where you want to automate the effect. (Bottom arrow)
  • Drag the setting line up or down. Keyframes are automatically created!


To hide the Video Animation, choose Clip > Video Animation, again.

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