About Final Cut Pro Video Filters

Final Cut Pro comes with both FXScript plug-in filters and FxPlug plug-in filters. For an explanation of FXScript and FxPlug plug-in formats and how to install and manage video plug-ins, see Installing and Managing Video Effects. For more detailed information about FxPlug filters and their use, see the Motion User Manual, available in Motion Help.

Some FXScript plug-in video filters and FxPlug plug-in video filters have similar names and functions. When you see two similar or identical video filter names in the Effects menu or the Effects tab, one name is for an FXScript plug-in filter and the other is for an FxPlug plug-in filter. FxPlug filters are indicated by “FxPlug” in the Effect Class column in the Effects tab of the Browser. If a filter’s Effect Class column is empty, the filter is an FXScript filter. When there are duplicate video filters, the tables in the following sections describe the FXScript plug-in features.

By default, Final Cut Pro displays only recommended filters in the Effects tab bins and in the Video Filters submenu of the Effects menu. Some filters, including Channel Blur, Simple Border, Contrast, and some duplicates, have been temporarily hidden from view.

To display all video filters installed
  1. Click the Effects tab in the Browser to make it active.

  2. Control-click the Name area in the Browser, then choose Show All Effects from the shortcut menu.

Final Cut Pro displays all the installed video filters, including duplicates. Many of the duplicates have similar functions, but slightly different controls.

To display only recommended filters
  1. Click the Effects tab in the Browser to make it active.

  2. Control-click the Name area in the Browser, then choose Only Show Recommended Effects from the shortcut menu.

Some video filters appear in boldface in the Effects tab and in the Video Filters submenus. Video filters that appear in boldface don’t require a clip to be rendered for playback when applied. Video filters that are not boldface may require the clip to be rendered in order to play back.

The filter controls used to adjust filters in Final Cut Pro are nearly identical to the filter controls that are used in Motion video filters. Minor differences in how the video filter controls work in Final Cut Pro and Motion include: