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Creating a Contrast Vignette in FCPX

Caleb Ward

Adding a contrast vignette is easier than you might think in FCPX.

Video Editing

Vignette’s are one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a video clip “pop”. However, when done incorrectly vignettes can make your video look very amateur. In the following video by Cord3Films, we take a look at the correct way to create a vignette in FCPX and examine a few ways to customize your vignettes.

The video covers:

  • Creating and feathering shape masks
  • Adjusting contrast parameters in FCPX
  • Creating luminance based saturation parameters
  • Duplicating shape masks

When creating a vignette look out for  a phenomenon called banding. Banding happens when a gradient isn’t able to correctly feather between two colors or pieces of video. The result is a very choppy and “low-res” looking piece of video. To avoid banding try exporting your video with more lossless codecs such as MOV.

The video was created by Cord3Films. Thanks for sharing!

Have any tips for adding vignettes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.