Make your own web-slinging effect in Final Cut Pro X with this video tutorial.

Image via RyanNangle.

With the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, creating a fan film (or any type of web slinging content) has never been easier. Final Cut Pro X aficionado Ryan Nangle has created a high-flying tutorial for any Spider-Man fan with included assets. Let’s swing in.


Step 1: Place a Marker

How to Create the Spider-Man Camera Grab Effect in FCPX — Marker

To successfully make the effect work, all you need is two shots: the wide and the medium or close-up (to bring the camera toward yourself and “grab” it). Once you’ve imported the asset, move over to the Blend Mode, hit Add, and turn up the exposure so the white web sticks out more. Next, place a marker on the clip wherever the sling action starts. After that, you’ll use the Transform tool to move the web to the right position so it’s coming out of your subject’s hand.

Step 2: Extend the Clip

How to Create the Spider-Man Camera Grab Effect in FCPX — Extend Clip

Next, to make sure the timing of your web matches the movement on camera, hit Shift-H to extend the amount of time the web is in motion. Then, use the Distort tool, create a keyframe, and then you’re going to adjust the view to 50%. Once you’ve done this, you can track the web on top of the hand moving frame-by-frame.

Step 3: Make a Compound Clip

How to Create the Spider-Man Camera Grab Effect in FCPX — Compound Clip

Now, we’re going to import the web splash clip onto the timeline and move the clip to the exact point where the web hits the “screen”. You might have to Shift-H this action again to make sure the “web splat” aligns with the timing on everything else. After you’ve done this, highlight all three clips and turn them into a Compound Clip.

Step 4: Shake the Camera

How to Create the Spider-Man Camera Grab Effect in FCPX — Camera Shake

To begin the “zoom in” effect, create a keyframe, and drag the clip upwards (to give the camera the shaky feeling). After you’ve moved the clip around (whether that is up, down, slanted, or side-to-side), continue to scale up the image, zooming further into the subject.

Step 5: Apply Sound Effects

How to Create the Spider-Man Camera Grab Effect in FCPX — Sound Effects

For the “zooom in” effect, Dangle uses his own plugin that you can download. Apply this effect and consider using a sound effect, whether it’s a whoosh, a splat or a zing! You can find sound effects for any type of action adventure element here.


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