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Final Cut Express HD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Lisa Brenneis

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Chapter 17. Titles and Generators

Generators are a class of effects that create (or generate) new video information rather than modify existing video. After you have generated it by rendering, a generated clip can be used just like any other clip. Text is a high-profile member of the generator class of effects; using the text generator to produce titles is covered later in this chapter.

Final Cut Express’s generators include the following:

  • Bars and Tone, which generates NTSC or PAL color bars and includes a 1-kHz audio tone with an adjustable level.

  • More Bars & Signals, a suite of specialized color bar patterns and gradients.

  • Matte, which generates solid, single-color clips.

  • Render, which generates color gradients and different types of “noise.”

  • Shape, ...

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