It is important to have the framing and positioning of our clips just right. How do you make refinements to edits in Final Cut Pro X? In this video, author Nick Harauz demonstrates how to make a few modifications to your clips right inside the Inspector to improve your video even further in Final Cut Pro X.
- It's important to have the framing and positioning of our clips just right. Let's make a few modifications to our clips right inside the inspector to improve our video even further. So, if you're following along from the last movie, you can continue to follow along with the project that we were just working with, and if you're just tuning in, I'm in my 4.2 keyword collection. I've double-clicked on the project inside of that keyword collection that is contained within the chapter four folder. So, now we're going to take a look at creating some motion effects here in Final Cut.
When I refer to motion effects, in many cases, they're just very simple effects, as in, being able to scale up and reposition a clip to maybe improve our framing a little bit. So, you might've seen that I moved my playhead over to the first interview shot here in the timeline, and I want to select that clip, and once I do, I'm able to see that clip's video properties here, within the inspector. For any reason, if this is not showing, make sure this is selected here, and make sure you're on the video portion of that to be able to see the transform properties of your clip.
Make sure that this is selected, the video tab, and here is where I can see the transform properties of my clip. So, this is ways of us being able to, let's say in this case, I want to just bring up the scaling of this interview shot just a little bit, so that we can focus more on the subject. What I'm going to do is click and drag, just to reposition her in the frame ever so gently. I'm keeping in mind that with this scaling, I don't want to go, necessarily too far, as in, by going too far, we might be able to see some pixelation that occurs.
But, a gentle scale, I'm about 117%. Sometimes, I go somewhere between 114% and 115%, tends to work just fine. This is also a great way if there was a boom mic in the shot for any reason, for you to hide it. I'm going to also now just take my position X value, I'm going to click and sort of drag here, just to change that overall framing of the shot. So, here you've got control over position, rotation, scale, and this is something you can go through on each of your B-roll shots and decide on what you'd like the viewer to look at, or if there is meant to be a point of focus to zoom on that a little bit clearer.
This could be just some great controls for you to use. So, you've got that, position, the scale, and the rotation of the clip, and these exact same controls, the transform controls are also available over here. So, if you click on this little button, you might notice that I start to get some on-screen controls. Now, this isn't quite visible, but what I'm going to do is go up here to where it says 23%, actually bring that down to 12.5%, and I've zoomed out on the video clip in the viewer and I can see a bounding box around it.
This allows me to use on-screen controls to reposition my clip. If I drag from the edges, resize my clip. If I drag this little point right here, rotate my clip. Final Cut has a bunch of handy tools, too, like if you add Shift to the mix, so I'm Shift-rotating, it does this by 45-degree increments. Holding, and if you actually click or drag one of the side angles, what its' meant to do is actually scale just the X or Y value of the clip, but if you hold down shift, what it's going to do is scale it uniformly, the same as these controls up here.
There's an essential training class in Final Cut that goes over this in a lot of detail. So, before I finalize this, this framing, I'm just going to hit Done here, and then I'm going to click and go back up to Fit, so I can see this a little bit clearer. In fact, you know what? I'm just going to reposition it here in the inspector a little bit, as well. And let's say I like the overall scaling of this shot. One great feature of Final Cut is that you can select a clip and then copy it's attributes.
Attributes meaning, in this case, its transform properties. If I go to the Edit menu, and choose Copy. What I could do is then go to other clips where I haven't added this effect, this interview clip right here. Let me actually hit Command + Equals to zoom in, so you can see that a bit better. Now, what I want to do is select the remaining interview clips. So, I'm clicking and then Command-clicking the remaining ones here on my timeline. Mostly just scrolling in my timeline to make these selections.
So, I'm just going to hit Shift + Z so you can see that I have the remaining interview clips selected, and with them selected, I'm going to go to the Edit menu, and choose to paste the attributes of that first interview clip, and take it's motion slash transformational effects and copy it to the remaining clips. When I paste those attributes, let's take a look at some of the things that are going on here. So, I'm copying it from this little thumbnail right here, and I want to paste it to the seven clips that are selected.
In the video attributes, I can actually choose which transform properties I want to copy. Because the changes I made were to the position and scale value of that first clip, that is what's selected. If I changed anything else, like crop settings which are available, distort settings, as well as compositing settings, which are blend modes, that would carry on over as well. Compositing also just to draw your attention back to the last movie, or the fade-in that we created on the video clip for our place-holder and the fade-out on the last place-holder.
So, with this selected, I'm just interested in these two attributes, and when I click Paste, look how quickly that copied to the remaining clips here in the timeline. Just awesome. I want to go over to some of the B-roll clips, and you might want to go in and just see how those B-roll clips are shaping up. Are they zoomed in enough? If they're not zoomed in enough, maybe you were going to select one of those, and either using the transformational controls right here, let me just do this a bit better when I move the playhead to this position and hit Command + Equals in my timeline to zoom into this one clip.
So, if I were wanting to make some scaling changes to this particular shot, what I can do is have it selected. With my inspector settings showing right here, I can, of course, scale up here on the snake. Also play around with the position. As long as I don't see the clip underneath showing, I'm in good shape, or I could alternatively, of course, use these transformational controls right here. So, take your time and play around with some of the transformational properties of the B-roll clips to change the framing, and I'll see you in the next movie.
We're going to be adding additional effects to spice up our project even further.
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- Organizing project assets and creating libraries
- Using Keyword Collections and Smart Collections
- Creating a storyboard edit from favorites
- Making placeholders for graphics
- Adding to-do markers to make notes
- Using the Timeline Index
- Refining with the Trim tool
- Adding motion effects, fades, and transitions
- Applying color looks to compound clips
- Animating graphics and lower thirds
- Fixing sound problems
- Creating split edits
- Maximizing keywords for export
- Exporting a video to YouTube or Vimeo