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Final Cut Pro X Keyframes

Learn the basics of creating keyframes for graphics within Final Cut Pro X.

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Final Cut Pro X makes it easy when it comes to creating basic animations.

“Now the only thing that matters is there training, for the fifth annual Guns and Hoses Charity Boxing Event”

“The fighters are ready”

Let’s watch through part of this commercial again.

Notice how there is graphic of these boxing gloves that zooms into the screen and then peels off.

To start make sure your graphic is connected above your clip within the primary storyline.

To review, mark the clip within the primary storyline using the X key.

Then select your graphic within the event Browser and press the Q key to connect it above your selected clip.

Now, Final Cut Pro will automatically detect whether a clip contains an alpha channel or not.

The term alpha channel refers a transparent background.  

As a quick side note, an alpha channel is usually indicated with a checkerboard pattern with a program such as Photoshop.

If your imported graphic does not contain an alpha channel, it will not key over your background video.

The next step is to create the animation.

To start, move the playhead indicator to the first frame of the graphic.

Then, right click on the clip segment, and choose show video animation within the contextual pop up menu.

This will allow you to see where specific keyframes are marked within the transform parameters.

Next, click on the transform effect icon located in the bottom left of the viewer.

Grab your graphic and drag one of the blue handles in the corner to resize it so it's very small.

Then, press the add keyframe button in the upper left corner of the viewer to record the location and scale parameters.

Now, back within the timeline, move the playhead indicator forward a few frames.  

You should be able to see that a keyframe was created at the front of the clip within the transform area.

This keyframe represents a point in time based on the placement and transformation of your graphic.

Okay, move back to the viewer window and scale the graphic back to its original size.

Notice a new keyframe was created in the transform area based on the position of the playhead indicator.

Back up and watch the animation.

“is there training, for the fifth annual Guns and Hoses Charity Boxing Event”

Now, if you want the animation to play slower, just move the keyframes so they are further apart.

Check it out.

“The only thing that matters is there training, for the fifth annual Guns and Hoses Charity Boxing Event”

Okay, now you have the basics of placing and animating a simple graphic.

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