Applying a Filter to a Clip

You can apply filters to clips in a sequence or to clips in the Browser, but it’s very important to understand the distinction between these two methods.

In most cases, you apply filters to individual clips in sequences, not to master clips in the Browser. There may be occasions when you want every instance of a master clip edited into a sequence to have the same filter applied, such as during color correction. In this case, apply the color correction filter to the master clip in the Browser. However, filters applied to clips are still independent of each other. If you modify the filter parameters for a master clip, the same filter parameters in affiliate clips are not modified.

Tip: To maintain consistent filter settings across multiple clips, you can copy and paste filter settings using the Paste Attributes command.

To apply a filter to a clip in a sequence
Do one of the following:
  • Select one or more clips in the Timeline, choose Effects > Video Filters, then choose a filter from the submenus.

    Figure. Effects menu showing the Video Filters submenu and a list of filters in the Blur submenu.

    Tip: If no clip is selected in the Timeline, the filter is applied to the clip beneath the playhead on the track with Auto Select turned on.

  • Select one or more clips in the Timeline, then drag a filter from the Effects tab of the Browser to one of the selected clips in the Timeline.

    Figure. Filter being dragged from the Effects tab of the Browser to a clip in the Timeline.
  • Open a sequence clip in the Viewer, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Effects > Video Filters, then choose a filter from the submenus.

    • Drag a filter from the Effects tab of the Browser directly into the Viewer.

      Figure. Filter being dragged from the Effects tab of the Browser into the Viewer.

You can apply a filter to an entire clip or just part of a clip.

To apply a filter to part of a clip in a sequence
  1. Select the Range Selection tool in the Tool palette (or press the G key three times).

    Figure. Range Selection tool in the Tool palette.
  2. In the Timeline, drag across the part of the clip to which you want to apply the filter.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a section of a clip selected by dragging.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Effects > Video Filters, then choose a filter from the submenus.

      The filter is applied to the selected part of the clip only. When you open this clip in the Viewer, filter Start and End points appear in the keyframe graph area of the Filters tab.

      Figure. Viewer window showing the Filters tab with Start and End points appearing in the filter's keyframe graph area.
    • Drag a filter from the Effects tab of the Browser to the selected portion of the clip.

To reposition the filter Start and End points
  • In the keyframe graph area, drag the Start or End point of the filter to the new time or location.

    Figure. Filters tab showing the End point being dragged to a new location.