You don’t have to add effects directly on clips in Media Composer, there are many situations where placing an effect ABOVE a clip(s) is helpful or much quicker. In some situations, it is required, especially when you have a composite with many effects already applied directly to clips. This is a technique you must know! You can place your effects on an empty track, above your clips. This is helpful when you want the same effect applied across multiple clips in the timeline (horizontally or vertically) since the effects in Media Composer run downstream, top-to-bottom. Try it out ?