Using Favorite Filters and Transitions

Often you may find yourself using the same filter or transition several times in a sequence. Rather than manually reapplying the same filter or keyframed parameters over and over again to multiple clips, you can save a filter or effect as a favorite and then apply it to multiple clips instantly.

You can also save animated motion parameters, called motion favorites, and apply them to clips whenever you need to do so. For more information about saving and using motion favorites, see Using Favorite Filters and Transitions.

Favorites can be used in different ways, such as:

Favorite filters, transitions, and motion parameters are stored in the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser. You can also access these favorites by choosing the relevant Favorites submenu from the Effects menu. There are five Favorites submenus in the Effects menu, one for each effect category: video transitions, video filters, audio transitions, audio filters, and motion.

Within the Favorites bin in the Effects tab, you can organize your favorites into separate bins. These bins appear as submenu items in each Favorites submenu in the Effects menu.

Figure. Browser window showing the Favorites bin holding modified and frequently used transitions and filters.

Note: For more information about saving and using motion favorites, see Using Favorite Filters and Transitions.

Creating Favorite Filters and Transitions

The steps for creating favorite filters and transitions are essentially the same. You can create a favorite by dragging a filter or transition from the Timeline or from the Effects tab into the Favorites bin in the Effects tab. Although the steps below mostly describe how to create favorite transitions, the same steps can be used to make favorite filters.

To create a favorite transition from the Effects tab
  1. Select the desired transition in the Effects tab of the Browser.

  2. Choose Effects > Make Favorite Effect.

    The transition is copied to the Favorites bin. If you want to rename this favorite transition, see Organizing and Renaming Favorites.

To create a favorite transition using a transition already in a sequence
  • Drag a transition you’ve modified from its sequence in the Timeline to the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser.

    Figure. Browser window showing a modified transition being dragged into the Favorites bin.
To modify a transition in a sequence before making it a favorite
  1. Double-click a transition in a sequence in the Timeline to open it in the Transition Editor.

  2. Make any changes to the transition.

  3. Drag the transition’s drag hand from the Transition Editor to the Favorites bin in the Effects tab in the Browser, or choose Effects > Make Favorite Effect.

    Figure. Transition Editior window showing the Drag hand.
To create a favorite filter from the Filters tab in the Viewer
  1. Choose Window > Effects (or press Command-5) to make sure the Effects tab is selected.

  2. Double-click a sequence or Browser clip with one or more video or audio filters applied.

    The clip opens in the Viewer.

  3. Click the Filters tab in the Viewer.

  4. Make any adjustments to the keyframes or values of the filter parameters.

  5. Select one or more filters in the filter list by doing one of the following:

    • Click the name bar of a filter.

    • Shift-click two filter name bars to select a range of filters.

    • Command-click multiple filter name bars to select specific filters in the filter list.

    • Click the filter category bar (for video filters or audio filters) to select all filters in that category.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Effects > Make Favorite Effect (or press Option-F).

    • Drag the selected filters to the Favorites bin in the Effects tab.

      Each selected filter appears in the Favorites bin in the Effects tab.

      Figure. Viewer window Filters tab showing two selected filters that are then dragged into the Favorites bin in the Browser's Effects tab.

Organizing and Renaming Favorites

When you create a favorite, you may want to rename it, particularly if you modified it, to help keep track of your transitions and filters.

To rename a favorite transition or filter
  1. Select the transition or filter in the Effects tab of the Browser.

  2. Click it again to highlight its name field.

  3. Enter a new name, then press Return.

    Figure. Browser window showing a transition being renamed.
To organize favorite transitions and filters into sub-bins
  1. Click your project’s tab in the Browser.

  2. Create a new bin and give it an appropriate name.

    For more information, see Organizing Footage in the Browser.

  3. Drag the Effects tab out of the Browser so it appears in its own window.

  4. Drag your new bin to the Favorites bin in the Effects window.

  5. Drag any transitions or filters to the new bin.

    The bin now appears as an item in the Favorites submenu of the Effects menu.

    Tip: You can save your filter, transition, and motion favorites directly in your project by dragging them from the Favorites bin in the Effects tab to a bin in your project tab. This allows you to save favorites from project to project, and to easily transfer your favorites to other Final Cut Pro editing systems.

Applying Favorite Filters and Transitions

You can apply filters and transitions from the Favorites bin in the Effects tab just as you would apply any other filter or transition. Transitions can be applied to edit points between sequence clips, and one or more filters can be simultaneously applied to one or more clips in your sequence. For more information about applying filters to clips, see Applying a Filter to a Clip and Applying Multiple Filters to Clips. For more information about applying transitions to edit points, see Adding Transitions.

Tip: You can open the Favorites bin independently of the Effects tab by choosing Window > Favorites (or pressing Command-6).