The Gradient plugin for Final Cut Pro lets you quickly apply a gradient to any title, logo or graphic with a transparent background.
Once installed, Gradient is located in the Effects section of Final Cut Pro X. Simply drag and drop the effect onto titles or images, change your gradient colors, and you’re done!
There are two effects for Gradient located in the Effects browser of Final Cut Pro X. They both work exactly the same way but the effect for titles is just missing the on screen controls because you can drag a title around the frame without the need for on screen controls.
Just drag and drop a Gradient effect onto any title or image that has a transparent background. You can then freely adjust four colors, the gradient color locations, animations, outline, and the gradient center location. There is also a handy help section at the bottom. Note: some titles and images may require you to create a “new compound clip”before using Gradient.
Click the “View Gradient Palette” to see what the entire gradient looks like across the screen. This can give you a quick visual as to what the colors are doing over-all. The “Type” allows you to choose a linear style, radial, or mixed quadrants. Below you can choose up to four different colors. The”GR” locations indicate the location of each gradient transition. You can push these around for various looks. Change the Start and end locations to give you a more
spread-out gradient or a sharp gradient.
The “Travel” sliders allow you to start and end the X travel of the underlying gradient. This gives you either a fast or slow movement and makes your object appear as though the gradient is changing. The “Oscillation” also creates this change but it changes back and forth throughout the clip. This speed can also be set. The “Spin Rate” slowly or quickly spins the gradient colors for an added look and feel to your animation.