MacMost Now 627: Final Cut Pro X Keyframe Animation

Learn how to use keyframes to animate video in Final Cut Pro X. You can scale and reposition video clips between keyframes to create a variety of special effects. The example used is video shrinking to the center and then moving to a corner. You can also use keyframe animation to rotate, distort, color adjust or fade a clip.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 627: Final Cut Pro X Keyframe Animation”

    9 years ago

    Thx for this. If I put two videos on the page and want each one to expand over the other at different times, how do I get the video underneath to go on top of the other video? In other words, how to I “bring to front” and “move to back”? Is one video always on the top and you can’t change it? I don’t want to cut them and paste them over and under each other.


      9 years ago

      Why don’t you want to cut and paste them over each other? That would be a good way to do it.

    9 years ago

    Hi Gary, I just bought a MacBook Pro for making videos, which I would like to post on U-tube. Thing is though I am new to this whole video making/editing thing. So what I am wondering is can I make videos as well as get good sound/video quality using the built in webcam/mic on my Mac without having to purchase Final Cut Pro? I have OS X Lion as well as iLife 09. If not, can you recommend a good quality Camcorder/Camera for a decent price and if I do need Final Cut Pro, would there be any other applications I might need in-addition? For video compression and quality, sound quality, etc. Thanks!

      9 years ago

      There is a big difference in quality between webcams and real camera with real lenses. I’m no expert here, but I know that. You also have the problem that you can’t really point your Mac at something like you work a camera. And the mic built into any computer is no where near as good as an external mic.
      But I don’t have any recommendations. I’m not a camera expert. You should ask one about this, not me.
      FCP is a better video editor than iMovie, certain. But you have to take the time to learn how to use it to get the most from it.

    9 years ago


    ive followed your tutorial through as carefully as i can. after my second clip shrinks and then moves it immediately pops back to where it started after the scrubber passes the last positional keyframe marker. i cant figure out why for the life of me. it retains the resizing of the clip, just not the postion. i have a feeling its a no brainer, but im stuck nonetheless.


      9 years ago

      Hard to tell without seeing what you are doing first-hand. Perhaps you have selected to only set a position keyframe instead of “all.”

    9 years ago

    Hi Gary,

    I’ve got the same issue as Adam – has Final Cut Pro X version 10.3 changed animations or something?

      9 years ago

      Perhaps try setting another keyframe at the end, or move the last keyframe all the way over to the right.

      8 years ago

      I had the same problem with 10.0.3. This issue is fixed in Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.4

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