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Setting Duration for Still Images In Final Cut Pro

From documentaries to wedding videos, as an editor, you can just about count on having to incorporate still images into your Final Cut Pro project at one time or another.  But the default duration when importing a still image is 10 seconds, and you may want the image to play for a longer or shorter duration.  There are several ways to manipulate the length of a still image:
  • To change the default duration, go to the Final Cut Pro menu > User Preferences and click the Editing Tab
  • Type in a new value in the Still/Freeze Duration field
editing_preferences.pngRemember, that changing the default duration will only affect images you import after you've changed the setting; not images you've imported before you made the change.

Continue reading for more ways to change the duration of your still images...


  • You can also change the duration of a still image in the Browser simply by double-clicking in the Duration column and entering a new value or duration.  
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  • OR...In the Viewer, you can change the duration by entering a new value in the Timecode  Duration Field.
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  • OR...In the Timeline, you can place your cursor at the end of the image and drag to adjust the duration of an image.  OR...
  •  Lastly, (if you want to take the long road) back in the Browser, choose a clip and click Edit > Item Properties, click the Timing Tab and enter a new duration in the field.
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