Final Cut Pro X: Resize, move, and rotate clips

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.

  1. Select a clip in the timeline.

  2. 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).

      The Transform menu item for accessing Transform controls
    • Control-click in the viewer and choose Transform.

  3. 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.

      The viewer showing the Transform onscreen controls
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Published Date: Nov 10, 2016
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