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How To Simulate Screen Pumping in Final Cut Pro X


Make your images and screen pop with this free plugin and video tutorial.

Cover image via Ryan Nangle.

No matter what types of video you make, you will eventually need to mix up the form and engage your viewers in new ways. Following trends — as well as creating them — can help filmmakers and videographers stay relevant in the age of YouTube. So whether it’s a music video, a fight scene, or a lyric video, this effect will disrupt your shots in the best way possible.

Download the FREE Screen Pump plugin here.

Download the PRO Screen Pump plugin here.

Drag an Adjustment Layer over the portion of your clip you want to affect. Go to the Effects tab, and find the plugin you saved it as. Once you’ve dragged the effect on top of the clip, you can adjust the amount of zoom the camera takes. (This customization is only available in the “pro” version of the plugin, which costs $8.)

However, if you use the free version, you can just copy and past the adjustment layer over and over so the bounce effect is continuous. With the Pro version, you can also apply a Blur Effect as well as a Swirl and Shake effect to enhance the chaos you’ve created.

Making Text Bounce

Another popular trend right now for YouTube channels and content creators is making their text and still image on screen pulsate to the beat of the music. This style works well with lyric videos as well as titles, intros, and energetic lower-thirds. Josh Noel from PremiumBeat walks us through the After Effects workflow and makes the process look easy if you’re unfamiliar with or new to After Effects.

Included with the tutorial are project files used in the video. Download the files here.