Generators are a class of effects that create (or generate) new video information rather than modify existing video. After you have generated it by rendering, a generated clip can be used just like any other clip; you can even adjust the playback speed of a generator clip. Text is a high-profile member of the generator class of effects; using the text generator to produce titles is covered later in this chapter.
Final Cut Pro’s generators include the following:
• Bars and Tone, which generates HD, NTSC or PAL color bars and includes a 1 kHz audio tone with an adjustable level.
• More Bars & Signals, a suite of specialized color bar patterns and gradients.
• Matte, which generates solid, single-color clips.
• Render, ...