Final Cut Pro X: Skew a clip’s perspective

Skew a clip’s perspective

You can use the Distort effect to skew or otherwise distort the image. The Distort effect is similar to the Transform effect, except that you can drag each of the corners independently of the others, allowing you to create a skewed look or add a 3D perspective to the image.

Note: The Distort effect alters the shape of the video but does not actually move the video. To move the video to a different position, use the Transform effect.

  1. Select a clip in the timeline.

  2. To access the Distort controls, do one of the following:

    • Click the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the viewer and choose Distort (or press Option-D).

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

  3. Adjust the effect using the onscreen controls:

    • Blue handles at each corner: Drag these to adjust the position of each corner, adding a 3D perspective to the image by making parts of it appear closer to you than other parts.

    • Blue handles in the middle of each side: Drag these to adjust the position of each side. You can create a skewed look by dragging them in the same direction as their edge (as opposed to toward or away from the center).

    • Anywhere inside the window: Drag anywhere inside the window to adjust its position.

      The viewer showing the Distort effect onscreen controls
  4. To individually adjust each corner using the Video inspector, use the Distort 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: Dec 8, 2016

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