Creating a Transition Background
You might want a custom transition to include a background image or clip. For example,
if your Transition A and Transition B clips are animated to scale down and the Viewer
background becomes visible, you might want a background image to cover the screen.
A background can be created by adding a drop zone to the transition template. After the
template is applied to a Final Cut Pro project, you can assign source media to the drop
Drop zones in templates allow Final Cut Pro X users to place media into designated regions
of the applied effect. You can add filters, behaviors, animations, and other effects to drop
zones in Motion to affect clips later added in Final Cut Pro. For more information on drop
To create a background for a transition template
In the Final Cut Transition project, choose Object > New Drop Zone.
A drop zone layer (titled “Drop Zone”) appears in the layers list and Canvas.
Creating Templates for Final Cut Pro X
Select the drop zone layer, then do one of the following in the Image Inspector:
• To use a clip as the drop zone’s source media in Final Cut Pro, choose Media Source
from the Type pop-up menu.
When the transition is added to a Final Cut Pro project, a Drop Zone image well appears
in the Final Cut Pro Inspector. Using this image well, an editor can add a source clip
that appears as a background during the custom transition. For more information, refer
to the Final Cut Pro X Help.
• To use a still image as the drop zone’s media source in Final Cut Pro, choose Timeline
Pin from the Type pop-up menu.
When the transition is added to a Final Cut Pro project, you can select a single frame
of a clip as the source frame in the drop zone by dragging a numbered handle along
the Timeline. For more information, see Final Cut Pro X Help.
Note: You can set a drop zone background color that is apparent when the drop zone’s
source media is panned or scaled. For more information, see