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  • Is there a way to ease a scale keyframe in Final Cut Pro X?

  • Matthew Woods

    March 29, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I am a longtime Premiere/After Effects user and am considering switching to Final Cut for performance reasons. I love how smoothly it runs, even with a complex project that I imported from Premiere. Some things I like better in FCPX some worse. One thing I hate in FCPX is keyframing. Is there any way to add an ease to a scaling keyframe in FCPX? (I figured out how to do it with position). I edit a lot with stills, and one of the things I like to do is offset the anchor point and do a scale zoom in or out sometimes with a soft landing to a hold. I can do this in FCPX but can’t figure out how to ease out of the zoom in FCPX. Also is there a way to offset the anchor and position at the same time (keeping the image in place.)

    Thanks, -Matt

  • Doug Metz

    April 2, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Matthew,

    I’ve been using a plugin for this purpose (for quite awhile now):

    Quick & Easy Ken Burns

    The main attraction for me was that it’s a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ proposition. If you need to shorten or extend the duration of the image, the animation scales to fit automatically so you don’t have to re-do any keyframes. Cheap, too. Has saved me countless hours over the years.

  • Jacqueline Bazinet

    April 15, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    I made a short screen recording to show you but it’s too large for this post reply. Check it out here.

    Basically you can change the keyframe from “linear” to “smooth” by right clicking on the keyframe when you are in the transform viewer.

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  • Matthew Woods

    April 16, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Jacqueline and Doug,

    Jacqueline, the “smooth” is only applied to the position keyframe, not the scale. As far as I can tell position and opacity are the only two types of keyframes that can be eased in Final Cut. As a keyframe junkie who started as an After Effects animator this annoys me. The best way I have found with stock FCPX to create the move I was describing is to do the KenBurns crop with an ease on the still, make it a compound clip, then put a hold at the end. It would be nice if you could keyframe the Ken Burns crop, but that doesn’t seem to be possible.

    Doug, the shortcut plugin you posted looks promising. I’m also looking into using motion to create some custom plugins to facilitate my workflow.

    I still have some love/hate with FCPX, but ultimately I think its playback performance, painless background rendering, and stability (not to mention price) make it worth the switch.

  • Alex Smith

    July 2, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I also ran into this, I used the plugins of these guys

  • Craig Shamwell

    July 8, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Have you tried using an adjustment layer (AL)?? Place the AL “above” the clip and add the Scale Keyframes. Use the timing slider and slow it down where you want. You will need to place the AL a bit shorter than the original clip to have room to slow the effect down. Se if this works for you and let us know. Many have never used the power of adjustment layers in FCPX, but hey are super useful when you think outside the box as far as their accommodating what you may want to achieve!! Cheers!!

  • David Battistella

    July 27, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Try Smooth Move Plugin by Alex 4D. I think it’s actually free.


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