Welcome to an FCPX toolbox lesson from Pixel Film Studios.
The FCPX toolbox provides Final Cut Pro X users with essential effects and devices that all serious editors can use to finish and polish their projects.

From masking tools to stage lights, the FCPX toolbox can quickly and easily create looks that would otherwise not be possible in Final Cut Pro X.

In this lesson, we will cover the letterbox tool.
This tool allows users to adjust the aspect ratio of their footage by adding a frame.

Users can set the aspect ratio by using the preset sizes or by creating their own.
For this example, we will create a custom widescreen.

Let’s begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.

Once, you have your clip in the timeline, go to the FCPX titles library to locate the letterbox tool.

Drag the letterbox title above your clip on the Final Cut Pro X timeline and make it the same length as the footage.

Now it’s time to set up our custom aspect ratio.

Select the letterbox title layer in the timeline.
Then, go to the FCPX Inspector window.

Use the “Vertical” and “Horizontal Spread” sliders to adjust the aspect ratio.

For this example, we will make our letterbox an extreme widescreen.

Now for some Final Touches.

Use the color selector to adjust the color of the bars.

For this example, we will make our letterbox white.

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