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Make an Animated Circle Callout in Final Cut Pro X – Izzy Video #301

Circle Callout in Final Cut Pro X

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:

  1. Place your video clip in the project.
  2. Add a custom solid generator as a Connected Clip on top of your original video clip.
  3. Reduce the opacity of your generator clip to 85%(ish).
  4. From the Effects Browser, add a shape mask to the generator clip.
  5. Open the Inspector and invert the mask.
  6. Make adjustments to the mask’s shape and feathering.
  7. 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.

By the way, I’ve also demonstrated how to use the censor effect in Final Cut Pro X to highlight someone. In addition, I’ve shown how to use a rectangle to highlight something in your video.

These are all forms of callouts, and I hope you’re able to put them to good use.

19 thoughts on “Make an Animated Circle Callout in Final Cut Pro X – Izzy Video #301

  1. Soooooo helpful.
    Just right!
    Thank you.

    1. Glad to hear it helps, Doug. :)

  2. As usual straight to point, like it.
    Thanks again

    1. Sure thing. Thanks! :)

  3. Thank you Izzy.
    Another great effect to incorporate within my videos.
    It’s surprising how these relatively small and easy to apply effects add to the wow factor of home made videos.

    1. Yes, small things can sometimes make a big impact. Thanks!

  4. Izzy – this is exactly the value of your website here. Learning how to do something is one thing. Finding out about the thing in the first place and finding out it’s simple is gold.

    You need both to really learn video and FCPX.

    Thanks! Keep stuff like this coming!

    1. Glad to hear you like it. (And thanks for the kind words!)


  5. Excellent tutorial! Useful, practical and well-presented. Many thanks, Izzy.

  6. Thanks Izzy!!!

  7. Love your work Mate – Thank you

    1. Thank you for the kind words. :)

  8. Nice little tidbit of information, really useful on sports videos where you have a lot of people running around and you want to highlight a particular player. Sports scholarships can be worth thousands of dollars this can make the difference when coaches View this type of effect. You should always remember that coaches look it lots and lots of videos, making sure the coach sees what you want him to see it is really the most important part of video.

  9. Love your info and your style! Thank you, Izzy!

    1. Very kind of you to say. Thanks! :)

  10. Izzy, you are so good at explaining things as you go, and the presence of the circle around the cursor helps enormously to visually follow what you are doing. This was a handy technique to learn. Thanks!

  11. Thanks!

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