Tip #839: FX Badge Colors Actually Mean Something

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Tip #839: FX Badge Colors Actually Mean Something

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Badge colors can help you quickly spot which clips have effects applied.

The four colors of clip Fx badges.

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Have you ever wanted to know which clips in your sequence have effects applied to them? Or, have you ever want to know which clips have specific effects applied to them? Well, there’s an easy way to find out – check the color of the FX badge!

  • Gray. No effects applied.
  • Green. A Motion effect (position, scale…) is applied to a clip.
  • Yellow. A speed change or keyframe effect is applied.
  • Purple. An effect from the Effects panel is applied.


I looked these up, here’s Adobe’s official list of badge colors:

FX badge color Denotes
Gray No effect applied (default badge color)
Purple Non-intrinsic effect applied (like, color correction, blur)
Yellow Intrinsic effect modified (like, position, scale, opacity)
Green Intrinsic effect modified and additional effect applied
Red underline Master Clip effect applied

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