Final Cut Pro: 9 Video Filters that can Improve Your Film

This article lists the different kinds of video filters and the applicable components that can be used to direct effects for film improvement. These effects can be done with Final Cut Pro 1.0 and can either be combined or applied individually.

1. Blur Filters

This filter allows you to apply a softened effect on the details of your object or image. There are many types of blur effects that you can apply to your film, such as the Gaussian blur that gives a haze appearance similar to looking at an object through an opaque glass. With Final Cut Pro, you can apply the Gaussian blur to the entire clip, and when the filter quality property is set to a relative low, it will result to an unfocused yet softer look. Blur filters can be applied to any object display like video objects, Bitmap Data, Movie Clips and many others.

2. Image Control Filters

With this filter, you can change the brightness, contrast, and color balance of an object in the film. You can also correct the Gamma levels or desaturate the clip. If you want to change the color of the entire clip, you can use tint filters.

3. Key Filters

You can use this filter to key out the specific areas that you want to change. You can key out a blue and green area of the clip, or use the difference matte key to compare two film clips and key out the similar areas. You can use the luma key to key out an area using the luminance of the clip.

4. Matte Filters

This filter allows you to create an opaque effect on selected areas of your clip. Matte filters include image mask, mask feather, matte choker, mask shape, and extract. With these filters for matte effects, you can adjust the luminance level of the clip.

5. Perspective Filters

This allows the film editor to adjust the rotation, and view of the clip. There are different perspective filters which include basic 3D, curl, mirror, and rotate. Using these filters will change the view of the clip.

6. Sharpen Filters

Increases the contrast of pixels that are adjacent. The other aspect of the sharpen video filters is the unsharp mask that allows the editor to increase the contrast of pixels that are either dark or light.

7. Stylize Filters

With these filters, the editor can diffuse the clip, or blur the areas that are in high-contrast. These filters can also be used to emboss into the clip which delivers an illusion that the edges are raised. Other aspects are posterize, find edges, solarize, and replicate.

8. Video Filters

These filters allow the editor to use aspects such as blink, de-interlace, and strobe. Other aspects include time code print, stop motion blur, and image. With the custom gradient aspect, the film editor can generate a linear gradient or a radial gradient, and also adjust the position, width, colors, and direction of the gradients.

9. Distort Filters

Distorts the clip geometrically, reshapes effects, and also create 3D effects. There are many kinds of distort filters like fisheye, pond ripple, displace, wave, and whirlpool. These filters can use up a huge amount of memory.