Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with stills and the Ken Burns effect, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Titles and Effects.
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- Final Cut Pro X has some great features to help you work with stills in the timeline and apply automatic movement to them. Let's see how we can finish a slideshow project consisting of several stills that we'll simplify and finish in no time. Final Cut Pro has a lot of great shortcuts and tricks that you can do when you're working with stills especially with the use of Ken Burns to basically automate a slideshow of your choice. So right now I'm in my footage event in the BANFF STILLS keyword collection.
I have a series of stills here from some pix I took at Banff. I'm just clicking on a few so that you can see them how they show up there on the Viewer as I click on them in the browser. And in order to see all of them, I actually clicked here on the Clip Appearance tab and shortened the height of all of the clips so that I was able to see them all in one view. So you could basically just play around with that clip appearance so that all of these stills are a lot smaller. I'll click on that in order to see it. Now I want to place them in a project and I just want to note that as I click on a still, my Inspector is open and I can see the Info tab that these stills are 2160 x 1296.
In fact, some of these stills are just different resolutions, and I want to fit them in. They're all bigger than HD, but I want to fit them into an HD 1280 x 720 project. In order to do that I'll create a new project. So I'm going to go to the File menu, New, Project, and my project is going to be stored in my footage event 'cause that's what's selected. Most importantly I want to name the project Stills and Ken Burns, and I want to make instead of it based on the first clip, a custom project.
And I'll set that custom project to be 720p at the 1280 x 720 resolution and a 29.97 frame rate. I'll hit OK and a blank timeline loads up, and now I want to bring in my clips. So the first thing is I wanted to decide on the order that I'd like to bring in the clips. So I'm looking here and I kind of want to start with this last shot so I'll click on it. I'll then just sort of skim through some more shots that I want this to be the second one. So I'm going to Command-click it.
I'll then pick this one as the third, and then Command-click each subsequent one in turn deciding on the order that it's going to appear in the timeline. So by clicking and Command-clicking, I decided on the timeline directly here within the browser. I'm going to click the Append button down here on the left-hand side. I'll press the E key to do that, and all my stills come in the timeline. But they are of different durations. I'm going to move my playhead over the middle of the timeline and then hit Shift-Z to fit everything in the window, and what I'd like is all of these stills to be exactly three seconds long.
We also have some problems to deal with as in all the clips have been scaled down to fit the dimensions of the project, the 720p project. So first of all, let's hit Command-A to select all the stills at once, and if I hit Control-D, you can see that the duration field opens with this multiple selection. I want the stills to be roughly about three seconds long so I'm going to type in 3. followed by return, and now you can see all of my stills are in fact three seconds long.
I'll click to deselect everything and hit Shift-Z to fit all my clips to the window again. Now for the animation. We've seen before that we were able to select a clip and directly in the Viewer you could go to your Crop Settings and then enable Ken Burns which has a start and end position. In fact, Ken Burns is very smart in the case of this still. It's basically avoiding the black areas that show here at the side. However, I can make Ken Burn changes to all of these clips at once, but I can't do that in the Viewer.
So I'm going to click the Done button. I want to hit Command-A to select all of my clips, and you want to make sure your Inspector is showing so you can click on this little scroll wheel. At the very top, the most important thing is the Inspector sees all 12 items. If we scroll down to Crop Settings, we can choose Show, and we can change the type of crop to be Ken Burns and this is going to create automatic animation for all of our clips. I want to move my playhead to the beginning of the timeline so we can see this.
I'm actually going to hit this button to play it full screen and we can see it zooms out on that photo and the next photo it actually zooms in on. So it creates some random variance in the animations between each of these clips to create that automatic slideshow. So in a few seconds I was able to make all of my stills three seconds, and then have movement on all of my stills. And if you see them, there are no black edges or the black transparency showing. Everything is full frame to the screen. Really, really cool.
I'll hit the Escape key to exit that full screen playback, and if I wanted to make adjustments in the way that these things were moving in and out, so if I looked earlier here in my timeline there's two zoom ins. I'll select the second zoom in I see here. This is the sixth clip in the timeline, and I'll make sure that my Crop Settings are enabled inside the Viewer. I can see the start and end position, and quickly I'll just reverse that with this little button here. So that will reverse the start and end.
I'll hit Done, and my slideshow has been updated. Now within a few seconds I can then tackle or connect on music. But look how easy it was for us to work with stills from a keyword collection and bring them all into the timeline in the order we specified, trim them down to be three seconds each, and then with them all selected apply Ken Burns to them in one shot with automatic animation. Try it out when you have to create your next slideshow.
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- Saving effect presets
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