Screenshot of Ken Burns Effect in Final Cut Pro X

Animate Photos in Final Cut Pro X with the Ken Burns Effect

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!