Final Cut Pro: How To View and Adjust a Filters Parameters

Final Cut Pro allows you to view and adjust the parameters of a filter. This can be done by viewing the filter settings in the Filters tab. When you have applied at least one filter to a specific clip, you can display the filter parameters so that you can adjust them. This guideline will go over how to view the parameters of a filter and how to use the filter controls.

Viewing a Filters Parameters

There are two different ways to view the filters that you have applied to a clip. The first option is to open the clip in the Viewer and then click on the Filters tab. If you already have a sequence opened in the Viewer, you can also view the parameters by clicking on the Filters tab. The second option is to open the video track of a clip in the Timeline and double click on the filters bar. When you do that, Final Cut Pro will automatically launch that clip in the Viewer with the Filters tab open. To view the parameters of a filter, all you have to do is click on the disclosure triangle, which is located next to the parameter.

Using Sliders to Adjust a Filters Parameters

If the control that you wish to adjust uses sliders, you will notice that the slider only displays whole integer values. If you need to adjust a slider so that it is within two decimal places of precision, you will need to press the Shift key while you drag the slider. If you need to make more precise changes to a filters parameter, you can press the Command key while you drag the slider.

Using Point Controls to Adjust a Filters Parameters

Any filter parameters that directly deal with the Canvas will have point controls. Point controls use X and Y coordinates to define locations. To adjust a filters parameters using point controls, you will need to click the point control icon in the Viewer. The point control icon is a plus sign (+) within a circle. Once you have clicked on the point control, move your mouse to the Canvas. When in the Canvas, your mouse will turn into a crosshair pointer. By clicking anywhere within the Canvas, you will be able to adjust the filter parameters.

Using Angle Controls to Adjust a Filters Parameters

The angle control is used for any filter that specifies an angle or rotation. In the Filter tab, the angle control is displayed as a dial. The long, black hand of the dial specifies an angle, while the short, red hand of the dial specifies a rotation. If you only want the dial to move in 45 degree increments, press the Shift key while adjusting the angle control. To get a more precise control over the angle control, press the Command key while adjusting the angle control.

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