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Creating a photo montage to the beat of music in Final Cut Pro can be much easier with a couple simple steps. The first step is to establish the beat of the music. Before doing this you will want to make sure your audio is ready for Final Cut. Once in your sequence you will want to set markers in the audio track to the beat of the music. By playing the music, and hitting the "M" key to the desired interval, you will create a template for your montage. If you have limited ability in this regard, another option is to load the audio into the Viewer, and apply the Markers visually, by looking at the wave form in the Audio Tab.

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Once you have created the template for your montage, you will want to bring the images into the sequence. I suggest bringing them in in groups of 20 - 40 at a time. Consider how you are going to be using the images, and resize them if necessary. You should have a rather consistent duration between markers based on the tempo of the audio. Change the duration of your images to equal the most common duration between markers. This will space the Imagess in the neighborhood of the spacing of the markers. Now you can use the Extend tool to sync the Images to the Markers.

By highlighting the edit between two Images, moving the playhead to a Marker, and pressing the "E" key you will move the edit to the playhead. This process is very simple to apply repetitively across a series of images. This process is a Roll edit without the rolling. That being said it may be more comfortable for you to simply roll the edits to the markers. Either way the same result is achieved.

extend_markers.gif After syncing the Images to the Markers another process that can really bring life to your Photo Montages is to apply the Ken Burns effect.
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