Assigning A Custom FX-Chain to a Clip

Using the File Inspector section of the Workspace Inspector individual clips can be tagged with attributes that override the source, FX, and composition settings of the layer that they are triggered on to. In this walkthrough we'll focus on the basic task of previewing a clip in the inspector and setting it to use a custom FX Chain.

The completed project file for this tutorial can be downloaded here.

There is also a video tutorial available with a more detailed look at the File Inspector.


  1. Read the tutorial on loading and triggering files with the media bin.
  2. Read the tutorial on the basics of visual FX.

Step 1: Import a media file, right-click on it and choose the 'Inspect Selected Files' option to preview and edit settings in the 'Workspace Inspector'.

Step 2: Switch to the 'FX' tab in the 'File Inspector' and enable the 'Use custom FX Chain' toggle button.

Tip: Set the default for this option in the VDMX Preferences under Files.

Step 3: Use the 'Load Asset' menu to Add / Replace the FX on the custom chain for the clip, then click the Apply button.

Tip: Use the 'SET ICON' to change the thumbnail of the clip in the media bin.

Step 4: Click on the clip in a media bin to trigger it to a layer. The existing FX chain on the layer will be overridden.

Setting a custom FX Chain for a clip in the File Inspector.

Media bin displaying clips with custom FX chains and thumbnails, click to trigger to Layer 1.