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The Distort Tool in Final Cut Pro, is a great tool that allows you to expand and change the edges of pictures to make some really neat effects.  For example, you can fit your footage into a picture frame that exists on another layer of video. 

First you'll want to set the Canvas to Image+Wireframe mode.
Thumbnail image for imagewframe.gifThe Distort Tool is found in the Tool Palette within the Crop Tool tray.  You can also turn on the Distort Tool by pressing the D key on your keyboard.

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Once you have selected the Distort Tool, click on the image in the Canvas and use the corner handles to "warp" the clip footage.  You can stretch it to the side or up or down.  You can do it to multiple corners to give the illusion of a certain perspective. Keyframing the distort attribute can create an interesting effect.
distortdiffsmall.gifSo the Distort Tool is used mainly to give you unique shapes that you normally wouldn't have with a standard image.  It is important to understand that the system resource requirements for processing clips with distortion applied . Looking for more great tips on special effects?  Sign up for one of our training classes today!

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