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.

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    12 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.


      12 years ago

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

    12 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!

      12 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.

    12 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.


      12 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."

    12 years ago

    Hi Gary,

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

      12 years ago

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

      11 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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