13. Basic Compositing

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Crop Effects


Compositing Effects

Final Cut Pro is far more than just a video editor. It enables you to perform a wide range of special effects, including a variety of compositing techniques. Compositing simply means having more than one image on-screen at the same time. This could be a split screen, a title superimposed over video, or an animated dinosaur chasing a live-action alpaca farmer in outer space. Your only limitation is your own imagination (and your production budget).

To see two (or more) images on-screen simultaneously, you need to scale or move the objects so they don’t entirely overlap, make them partially transparent, or employ alpha channels (defined areas of transparency, ...

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