Do you want to get someone’s attention?
Do you want to direct their eye to a specific part of the screen in your video?
A “callout” might be just the thing for you. It’s a tool you can use to communicate to the viewer, “Hey, look over here!”
And the viewer’s eyes will go wherever you direct them.
Can a callout be useful? Absolutely. And that’s why you see them all the time in videos.
In the above new video I show you how to create a simple (but effective) callout in Final Cut Pro X using nothing but the standard tools that come with it. The technique doesn’t require any plugins (or even custom animations in Motion).
Instead, I’ll show you how to use a combination of a generator, a mask, and a few keyframes to make a circle close in on your subject, hold for a moment to draw attention to it, and then expand until it disappears.
And the entire effect is something you can make 100% in Final Cut Pro X with the built-in tools.
The steps go like this:
- Place your video clip in the project.
- Add a custom solid generator as a Connected Clip on top of your original video clip.
- Reduce the opacity of your generator clip to 85%(ish).
- From the Effects Browser, add a shape mask to the generator clip.
- Open the Inspector and invert the mask.
- Make adjustments to the mask’s shape and feathering.
- Add keyframes to the scale of the mask to animate it on and off the screen.
I should also mention that you get a lot more control over the effect if you create it in Motion, but Final Cut Pro X will get the basic effect going for you.
These are all forms of callouts, and I hope you’re able to put them to good use.