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Tutorial - Plug-In Presets - The Tony Method

This is a really cool trick that came out of an afternoon with my friend Tony Salgado, who was an old school CMX editor. Tony kept pushing to find a way to be able to apply a series of effects all at once. I kept saying, "its not that hard to drag a few plug ins over Tony..." but he kept pushing. We then came up with the idea of putting many plug ins into a folder and then being able to drag the whole folder over to the clip in the timeline at once.

It was a brilliant idea and it saves a TON of time. Check it out.

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Wow, that would have saved me a ton of time last week!

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam Brown

Chris, like your site and finding useful ideas for keeping FCP humming. I've done something similar for multiple filter application by setting up my first clip with the chosen filters. I then copy the clip and go to the new clip I want to add the effects to. Paste Attributes-filters and they all go on at once.

They don't have their own folder as in your method but the original shot can always be copied again.

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim McNally

Jim... of course, "Paste Attributes" is always there and fine for a one off. thing... if you think about creating a template project that you copy all the time to start a new project, you can build a library of your favorite "looks".
Glad you like the site... thx for checking it out.

March 10, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris Fenwick

Great tip! So, just so I am clear, I need to create a project called "filter templates" or something like that, which needs to be open in addition to the project I am editing, correct? Is that what you mean by "copy all the time to start a new project"? Is it not possible to just create a folder within the "favorites" folder of the effects tab that has the filters and settings you want, in the order you want? Then you can do the same thing without having to have an extra project open. Haven't tested this yet, so maybe I'm missing something....

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Goldberg

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