Leveling Grid


  • Quickly Straighten Your Videos
  • Apply as an Effect in Final Cut Pro X
  • Reference Grid for Precise Alignment
  • Rotate and Scale the Image
  • Hide Grid When Finished



How to use the Free RT Leveling Grid Plugin

After installing, follow these steps to apply the RT Leveler effect in the Final Cut Pro X timeline:

Park the Playhead over any video or photo you want to straighten using the Leveling Grid, then press Command-5 to reveal the Effects Browser. The RT Leveler is located in the Custom area. Double-click to apply it to the selected clip or drag it onto the clip.




Use the on-screen controls in the Viewer to rotate the image using the grid lines to create parallel alignment with the horizon.




Press Command-4 to reveal the Inspector. The parameter controls for altering the effect appear under the gray bar labeled “RT Leveler”. When you rotate the image you will see the edges of the frame. Use the Scale parameter hide the edges.




When you are happy with your leveling adjustment turn off the Grid by clicking the Hide Grid button.



About the Author:

Steve Martin and Mark Spencer
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.
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Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.
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