Final Cut Pro X: Resize, move, and rotate clips
You can resize, move, and rotate an image using the Transform built-in effect. This effect is commonly used on a clip placed over a primary storyline clip, which becomes the background of the resized clip. It’s also often used to zoom in on a clip, allowing you to reframe a shot if needed.
You can adjust the Transform effect using controls in the viewer and Video inspector. However, some controls are found only in one or the other.
Select a clip in the timeline.
To access the Transform controls, do one of the following:
Click the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the viewer and choose Transform (or press Shift-T).
Control-click in the viewer and choose Transform.
Adjust the effect using the onscreen controls:
Blue handles at each corner: Drag these to adjust the image’s size while maintaining its current aspect ratio.
Blue handles in the middle of each side: Drag these to independently adjust the vertical and horizontal image size, changing the aspect ratio of the image.
Note: These controls aren’t available in the Video inspector.
White circle in the center: Shows the rotation anchor point. Drag anywhere inside the image to adjust the image’s position.
Blue handle extending from the center circle: Drag this to rotate the image.
Tip: For finer precision when rotating the image, drag the rotation handle farther away from the anchor point in the center.
Use the Transform controls in the Video inspector as follows:
Position X and Y: Move the image left and right (X) and up and down (Y).
Rotation: Rotate the image around its anchor point.
Scale: Change the image’s size.
Anchor X and Y: Move the image’s center point (the point that the image rotates around).
Note: This control isn’t available in the onscreen controls.
When you’re finished adjusting the effect, click Done.
You can animate the effect and have it appear over a background. For details on working with built-in effects, see Work with built-in effects.