Quick Tip: How to Highlight in Final Cut Pro X by Repurposing the Censor Effect – Izzy Video 250

Sometimes it makes sense to use a tool for something different from its normal purpose.

This quick tip video shows how you can repurpose the Censor effect in Final Cut Pro X to highlight something instead of hiding it.

I hadn’t ever done this before until last week. Thanks to Jerry Winter for being the first to send in this tip!

The basic workflow is this:

  1. Add the “Censor” effect to your video clip from the effects browser.
  2. Check the “Invert” box.
  3. Change the method to darken.
  4. Reduce the amount.
  5. Keyframe the center point so it follows your subject.

Of course there are other ways to highlight something in Final Cut Pro X, but this is certainly a great option.

I hope you find it helpful!

Get more Final Cut Pro X training here.

10 thoughts on “Quick Tip: How to Highlight in Final Cut Pro X by Repurposing the Censor Effect – Izzy Video 250

  1. Perfect. I just had a client ask me to edit some game film of his granddaughter’s volleyball games for college recruiters. This will be great to highlight her “outstanding” plays! Thanks Izzy!

  2. Hey Izzy. Usually I am able to download these to look at later, but not on the two latest FInal Cut Pro ones:
    Quick Tip: How to Highlight in Final Cut Pro X by Repurposing the Censor Effect
    How to Censor a Face in Final Cut Pro X

    Am I missing something?
    Thanks!
    Amy

    1. Hi Amy,

      Yes because they’re just video quick tips, I popped them onto YouTube and left them there. Maybe I should make them downloadable in the member’s area too…

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hi. Im playing with the censor effect, but dont see the INVERT check box in the inspector window. What version of fcp x are you using in the video? Thanks

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