This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to “take charge” of the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X.
This effect makes it fast and easy to create pans and zooms on still images (or video for that matter). However, it does suffer from one significant limitation: the movement always starts on the first frame of the clip and ends on the last frame of the clip.
Steve shows us a cool trick to work around that limitation. By employing the blade tool, a freeze frame, and a rolling edit, Steve shows us how we can stop the movement at any point in time, change the speed of the animation, and then hold on the image as long as we'd like.
Finally, by reversing the animation on the second half of the split clip after the hold, we can pick up exactly where we left off and animate the pan/zoom in a different way, creating a chain of smooth, precise animations where we can easily control the speed of the movements and the duration of the hold frames.