This video demonstrates how to animate photos in Final Cut Pro X. Specifically, it uses the “Ken Burns Effect” (which is also sometimes called “Pan and Scan”).
Whether you’re building a photo montage project, or a photo slideshow set to music, or even just a simple photo sequence, the Ken Burns effect is a nice way to add more visual interest to your project.
A couple things to keep in mind:
- A little can go a long way. Consider adding only a little movement to the photos. If the photos move with too much energy, it can be a distraction.
- Don’t forget about the little “swap” button. Test having some photos zoom in followed by others that zoom out. Variety can help hold your viewer’s interest.
I think you’ll see from the video that Final Cut Pro’s built-in Ken Burns tool is intuitive and fun to use.
I hope you find this video helpful!