Different Ways to Use Generators in Your Sequence

In creating composites and other effects, you may find some of the Final Cut Pro generators helpful. They allow you to very quickly add certain types of built-in clips by simply choosing items from a menu. For example, by choosing a generator, you can:

Some generators, such as the Slug, Matte, and Particle Noise generators, fill the entire frame size of your sequence. Others, like the text filters, are created with an alpha channel that allows your text to be quickly superimposed against an image, or against black. (See Creating Titles for information about text generators.)

Generators can have filters and motion settings applied to them. For example, you can use a Color Matte filter in conjunction with a Garbage Matte or Mask Shape filter to quickly create a clip consisting of a shape against a transparent background. The transparent background exists because an alpha channel has been added to the Color Matte filter. For more information on using Matte and Mask filters, see Keying, Mattes, and Masks.

The parameters of some generators can be keyframed to change their appearance over time. You add keyframes to generators in the same way you add keyframes to motion settings and filters. For more information about how to create keyframed effects in Final Cut Pro, see Animating Motion Effects Using Keyframes.