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Apply the Ken Burns Effect to Multiple Photos at the Same Time in Final Cut Pro X

Apply the Ken Burns Effect on Multiple Photos in Final Cut Pro X

In this video, I answer a question about adding the “Ken Burns Effect” to multiple photos at the same time in Final Cut Pro X.

Can you do it? Yes, you can. And once you have the basic animation in place, you can quickly adjust as-needed.

This can be a big time-saver if you’re working with a large number of photos that need the Ken Burns Effect applied.

Anyway, I hope you find the video useful!

And by the way, if you want to become more familiar with Final Cut Pro X, make sure you check out my Final Cut Pro X tutorial (which is free to watch on this website).

11 thoughts on “Apply the Ken Burns Effect to Multiple Photos at the Same Time in Final Cut Pro X

  1. what is exactly the diff. /profit compared with the “old way” (clip by clip) when you edit at the end each clip apart?

    1. Good question. If you want the same animation on every photo, you can just copy and paste as I show in the video.

      Another option would be to just copy and paste a general animation and then fine-tune any photos that need it (which is what I do in the video).

      Either way, it still saves the step of having to apply a new Ken Burns Effect to each photo. That saves time.

      I hope that helps clarify… :)

  2. Paste Attributes!! Brilliant!!!
    That is going to be a big time saver and more precise. Thanks for the tip, Izzy :)

    1. Ha! I’m glad it helped! :)

  3. I have an upcoming youtube video where this tip will be very helpful. Thanks!

  4. Very helpful, just when I needed it! Thanks! //Marcus

  5. HUGE timesaver!!! Thank you so much!

  6. Nice Video. Very helpful. If you make 2 diff ken burns effects. 1st effect would be zooming in on a pic and 2nd effect would be zooming out on a pic. If you have a large amount of photos and don’t want the same effect on every pic, is there anyway to apply the 1st effect on odd numbered pics and the 2nd effect on even numbered pics? or do you need to manually do that? It seems that at least having 2 different effects on a long slideshow give it a little more variation. Any suggestions?


    1. If there are a lot of photos, it won’t be easy but you could manually select (command-click) on all the odd photos and paste the ken burns effect zooming out. Then manually select the even photos and paste the Ken Burns effect with the zoom in.

      And yes variation helps. Sometimes I’ll paste a base effect on everything and then go photo by photo, making adjustments and variations as needed.

      Glad the video helped. :)

  7. Heyas Izzy!

    Outstanding in every way. Quick, efficient, but thorough. Bonus points for a perfectly matched voice – a calm manner is good as everyone who comes looking for answers is keyed up already. :)

    iNk Photography & Cinema

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