FCP X: Create A Blurred Background

More and more people are recording videos with their phones. This is creating a problem for editors who get the videos and discover they were recorded in portrait orientation. These videos are taller than they are wide. The problem is most editors are creating videos that will be played on a TV or computer screen which is landscape, not portrait. If the portrait videos are played back at their normal size, a black bar will be visible on either side of the video. This can cause viewers to be distracted and miss the content you want them to see.

This video demonstrates the steps needed to fill in the empty area around the portrait video. This technique is used commonly as a way to keep the video interesting and draw viewers attention to the center of the screen where the main content is.

Also, new websites and apps have become popular that only accept square videos. Creating a project with square dimensions is possible with Final Cut Pro X. After the square project is created, copy, and paste in the video. This will create a problem similar to the one seen with portrait video. We now have black areas on the top and bottom, but they can be covered with the same blur effect used in the first example.

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