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Photo Flash effect for Final Cut Pro

Check out this cool tutorial that expands upon my earlier 'camera flash' tutorial.  Learn how to create a wood frame around your freeze frame by using Apple Motion. 

Please review my previous tutorial called 'Camera Flash Effect' for instructions on how to install the 'camera flash' plug-in. You can download the free plug-in from Mattias at Too Much Too Soon.

Continue reading for a full text transcript of this Final Cut Pro tutorial.
In one of my previous tutorial's I demonstrate how to create a freeze frame flash.

To expand upon that concept, let's put a frame around our skateboarder.

Start by placing the playhead indicator at an area you want your clip to freeze.

Use the keyboard shortcut Shift N to create a freeze frame within the Viewer window.

Specify a duration of 1:00 for the freeze frame in the upper left corner of the Viewer window.

Press the insert button to edit the freeze frame into your sequence.

Okay, now drag another copy of the freeze frame onto V2 covering the entire sequence.

Right click on the V2 freeze frame clip and choose send to Motion Project from the contextual menu.

Press the Save button to save your Motion Project.

After Motion opens, you may need to zoom out a bit using the keyboard shortcut command minus too see the entire video frame within the Canvas window.

Navigate over to the Library tab.

Click on the content category.   

Look for a wood frame, and then drag it into the Canvas window.

Resize the frame to fit the aspect ratio of your video clip.

Okay now, go ahead and save your Motion project.

Press command H to hide Apple Motion.

Now that we are back in Final Cut Pro, trim back the freeze frame on V2 to match the start of the freeze frame on V1.

Double click on the V2 clip to load it into the Viewer window.

Click on the Motion tab at the top of the Viewer.

Place the position indicator at the front of the clip.

Move over to the Canvas window and turn on the image + wireframe mode.

Press the Add Motion keyframe button in the lower right corner of the Canvas window.

Move forward ten frames using the right arrow key on your keyboard.

Now resize and position your freeze frame.

Navigate over to the effects tab within the Browser window.

Drag the flashframe transition effect at the beginning of your clip that's on V2.

Now move to your dock and click on the finder icon.

Then press command F to perform a search.

Change the kind menu to music.

In the search box type the keyword camera.

Drag the camera flash mono sound effect directly to the timeline at the point where the flash takes place.

Okay that's it!  

Back up and play the composite.

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Creating Flying Stars in Apple Motion was the previous entry in this blog.

Basic 3D animation in Photoshop CS5 is the next entry in this blog.

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