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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
In this movie we are going to take a look at how to create freeze frames in Final Cut Pro. So I am going to go into my 9.11 sequence, my freeze frames sequence. And we have two ways that we can create freeze frames. We can create them right in the Timeline or we can create them in the Event Library. Let's first take a look at how to create them in the Timeline. So all you need to do is park on the frame that you want to create a freeze frame. So let's say that I want the last frame of this clip here. And then I am just going to come up to Edit and then Add Freeze Frame, Opt+F.
And it adds a freeze frame in the Timeline. If I find out the duration Ctrl+D, it's four seconds. If you ever want to change that default duration you can in Final Cut Pro > Preferences and then under Editing, Still Images the Editing duration is 4 seconds, you can make that shorter or longer if you want. You can also just ripple this out or in you can also click on it and press Ctrl+D and here it says the duration, but you can just type in new duration if you want.
If I want a six second freeze frame, I just type in "600", Enter, and now I have my six second freeze frame. So that's all there is to it, let's go ahead and play it. (video playing) So obviously a freeze frame doesn't have any sound under it, so you would probably need to add some. Let me just show you the other way to create a freeze frame in the Timeline. So again I am going to go to the frame that I want to create the freeze frame. Let's go ahead and make it this frame right here, the last frame of this shot.
And this time instead of choosing Add Freeze Frame from the menu, I am going to come to the Retiming menu and then come to Hold. And this keyboard shortcut is Shift+H, so I'll press that. And then the Retiming menu opens and here is normal 100% and here is 0%, and you can drag this in or out. I have to hold on to these little black bars here as I drag or else it's going to ripple the clip. Now this used to be the only way that you could create a freeze frame in Final Cut until recent software updates.
So in a sense you don't really have to do it this way anymore unless you are also working in some other timing effects either before or after the freeze frame. And we'll learn about how to do that in the next movie. But for now this is just sort of the second old-school way to do a freeze frame. I'll go ahead and close the Retiming menu, and you can see that we have our freeze frame here. I can also create freeze frames from clips within my Event Library. So let's go up to my Event Library, and let's go ahead and make a freeze frame of our orange.
If I park my playhead here and then again go up to Edit and instead of Add Freeze Frame this now says Connect Freeze Frame. But notice that the keyboard shortcut is still Opt+F. So wherever the playhead is in the Timeline is where it's going to connect. It's going to make a connected clip. So I'll just choose this, and you can see that we now have a freeze frame of our orange connected to our sequence. So if you wanted that to be in your primary storyline, you'd actually just have to drag it down, and then you can ripple it in and out accordingly.
But there is really no way to immediately bring it to my primary storyline. It's always going to want to make it a connected clip above my primary storyline. So that's the one thing you have to know about creating freeze frames from your Event Library clips. So, as you can see, adding freeze frames in Final Cut Pro is easy to do, whether you're working with footage in your sequence or your Event Library.
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