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

Screenshot demonstrating the Ken Burns Effect in Final Cut Pro X

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!

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How to Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Another Computer

Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Another Computer

One of the most common questions people ask me is:

“How do you move a Final Cut Pro video project to another computer?”

It’s a good question. And there’s more than one way to handle it.

Probably the most simple solution is to start by making sure you have everything in one library package.

This video demonstrates what I mean:

Once you’ve ensured you have everything in the one library package (source media, motion templates, etc.), it’s simple to drag that library file to an external drive for transferring to another computer.

Once you have it on the other computer, double-click on it to open it.

At that point, things should be ready for you to continue working.