Final Cut Pro X: Add and edit still images

Add and edit still images

In Final Cut Pro, you can add and edit a variety of still-image formats in your projects, including photos and graphics files.

Add a still image to the timeline

You can add still images to your project using the Libraries sidebar, the Photos and Audio sidebar, or the Finder.

  • Add a still image using the Libraries sidebar: Import the still image into an event, select the event in the Libraries sidebar, then select all or part of the still-image clip in the browser and drag it to the timeline. For information about importing media, see Importing media overview.

    Note: After a still image is imported, it functions like any other clip in Final Cut Pro. You can use any of the techniques described in this chapter to add still-image clips to the timeline.

  • Add a still image using the Photos and Audio sidebar: Open the Photos and Audio sidebar, select a still image in the browser, and drag it directly into the timeline.

  • Add a still image from the Finder: Select a still-image file in the Finder, then drag it directly into the timeline.

The default initial duration for still images is 4 seconds, but you can change this setting in the Editing pane of Final Cut Pro preferences.

There’s no limit on the duration of a still-image clip. To adjust the duration of a still-image clip in the timeline, use any of the trimming techniques described in this chapter (for more information, see Trimming overview). To adjust the duration of multiple still-image clips at once, select the clips, then choose Modify > Change Duration (or press Control-D).

Edit layered graphics files

You can edit layered graphics files, such as Adobe Photoshop (PSD) files, created with another image editing app.

  1. Import the layered graphics files.

    For information about importing media, see Importing media overview.

    Important: If the layered graphics file has a transparent background, make sure your project’s rendering format is set to Apple ProRes 4444 to preserve the transparency when rendering. For more information, see Modify a project’s settings.

  2. In the browser or the timeline, select the layered graphics image.

  3. Choose Clip > Open Clip.

    Each layer appears in the timeline as a connected clip that you can edit as you would any other clip. For example, you can animate layers by fading them in or out.

    PSD layers shown converted to clips in the timeline

The default duration for a layered graphics file is one minute. To adjust the duration of one of the layers in the timeline, use any of the trimming techniques described in this chapter (for more information, see Trimming overview). To adjust the duration of all the layers, select them, then choose Modify > Change Duration (or press Control-D).

For more information on creating layered graphics files for Final Cut Pro, see Best practices for creating layered graphics files.

Edit a still image with an external image editing app

You can modify a still image with an external image editing app, and the changes appear automatically in the clip in Final Cut Pro.

  1. Add a still image to the timeline.

  2. To locate the clip’s source media file in the Finder, press Shift-Command-R.

    For more information, see Locate source media files.

  3. Open the source media file in the external image editing app.

  4. In the image editing app, modify the image and save the changes.

  5. Switch back to Final Cut Pro.

    The changes appear automatically in the still-image clip in Final Cut Pro.

You can also create freeze frames from your video clips. For more information, see Create freeze frames.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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