UM:Effects General

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Adding User and Layer Effects



You can add individual effects to any segment in your composition in addition to the existing colour correction layers. These effects can be added in two ways, as user effects or as layer effects:


User effects are added to the Effects layer at the top of the effects tree.



Except Composite effects which are added at the bottom of the effect tree (below the Master layer).


Layer effects are added as new layers in the effects tree. These may be Colour Correction layers (CC Layer/Base) or Effect Layers (FX Layers).


The benefit of layer effects is that you can change the position of the layer within the effects tree and therefore the order that it will be processed in, since effects are processed top-down based on their order in the effects tree. User effects can only be ordered within the effects layer and the position of the effects layer cannot be changed.


As when adding colour correction layers, layer effects are only added to the active segment. This is because the effects tree of each segment can be different, i.e. have  a different number of layers and effects, and layers are added at a specific position within the tree, i.e. under the currently selected layer.



However, User Effects on the other hand are added to all selected segments, and only when no segments are selected is the effect added to the active segment.


The effects available are accessed via the effects list drop-down menu button on the right of the work area panel:






To add an effect you need to select the effect from this list. The selected effect will be shown as the button label once the list is closed. Valid effect addition buttons will be enabled on the effects toolbar.


Next, select the segment(s) that you want to add the effect to.



To select multiple effects, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking them (refer to the section on selecting timeline segments for alternative methods).


By selecting segments you are overriding the active segment, so if you want to also add the effect to the active segment you have to select it. Selected segments are in orange.




If any segment is selected on your composition, the scrollbar is also shown as orange.



Changing the scrollbar colour to orange means that you can see if a segment is selected even if it is not visible. This can prevent accidental effect application to the wrong segment.


At the bottom of the main screen are the buttons that control effect addition, deleting and parameter reset.







Add CC Layer


Add FX Layer


Add Inverted CC layer


Add Composite Layer

Note that this is active only if a composite effect is chosen


Add User Effect (to Effect layer at top)


Add Restoration Effect. This is a DVO Dust+Fix Effect layer


Delete Effect or CC/FX Layer


Reset Effect or CC/FX Layer parameters

User Effects

Adding the effect as a user effect will add the effect to all the selected segments. The effect will appear in the Effects layer of the effects tree:



Layer Effects

Adding the effect as a layer effect will add the effect only to the active segment, ignoring other selected segments. The effect will appear as a new layer in the effects tree:




The effect layer will have the applied effect, as well as all the isolation effects ('matte', 'keyer', 'shapes', 'blur') and 'router' which are present in all layers.

Composite Effects

Like an normal Effect, a Composite effect is added to all the selected segments. It appears at the bottom of the effect tree.





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