Adding Effects to Clips
Once clips have been placed on the Storyboard and arranged in the correct order, you may want to add effects. Effects must be added to each clip separately.
To add an effect to a clip:
- Click the Effects button the Auto Movie Toolbar.
- To view an effect before adding it, you can double-click on it or right-click it and select Preview. The Ctrl + P shortcut keys can also be used.
- From the Effects collection that opens, drag the effect you want and drop it on the clip in the Storyboard. The Effect Duration window appears.
- Click OK on the Effect Duration dialog (after you have set the duration) to add the effect.
- You may drag and drop multiple effects onto a single clip. You cannot add the same effect to a same clip more than once.
An effect can also be added by selecting a clip on the Storyboard, right-clicking on the effect and selecting Add to Storyboard or by using the Ctrl + T shortcut keys.
A cell that has at least one effect added shows a star icon. If you hover the mouse pointer over a clip to which no effects have been added, a grey star appears with the message ' Drag Effects here '. When a single effect is added to a clip, the icon appears as a blue star . A yellow star indicates that more one than one effect has been added to the clip. When you move the cursor over the star, the names of the effects are displayed.
Right-click on the effect(s) icon to Cut, Copy, Paste or RemoveEffects. You can change effects settings and the order in which they are applied by right-clicking the effect(s) icon or the cell and selecting Effects. The shortcut keys Ctrl + E can also be used.
Effect Duration Dialog
When an effect is added, the Effect Duration dialog opens. The Properties button that allows you to change effects settings. If some effects are already added to the clip, they will be included in the ' Set duration for ' dropdown lists them, along with the effect you are adding. You can select any effect from the list and change its duration settings. You may apply the effect to the First / Lastx seconds (where 'x' is the duration in minutes and/or seconds) or specify the Start and End time in minutes and/or seconds, or apply it to the Entire clip.