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In Final Cut Pro adjusting the Anchor Point is both useful and easy to do. The Anchor Point is the point to which Rotation and Scale are based. By changing the Anchor Point you create completely different results than the default.  If you were to move the Anchor Point to the top center of an image, instead of the default center of the image, Rotation and Scale would happen from the top center of the image instead of the center.

Adjusting the Anchor Point is critical if you need to cause a graphic to behave a certain way. For example if you had an image of a tree in Track 1, and an image of a tire swing in Track 2, with the goal of seeing the tire swing rotate from the branch, you would need to set the Anchor Point at the top of the rope form in the tire swing image to create the look that it was swinging from the branch.  By default the Anchor Point would be in the center of the image. You can see below that when the Anchor Point is in the center of the image the rope does not stay attached to the branch.

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To adjust the Anchor Point all you need to do is first make sure the Image control is set to Image + Wireframe, then turn on the Distortion tool by pressing the D key, or clicking on it in the Tool Palette, and then drag the Anchor Point from the default position in the center of the Wireframe to the desired position.


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