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How To Create Stop Motion Animation in Final Cut Pro

How To Create Stop Motion Animation in Final Cut Pro

You have got 4000 photos shot with your DSLR from your awesome trip abroad, and you’d like to turn them into a stop motion film lasting a few minutes to succinctly capture all the small moments. But you don’t know how to import all these images into Final Cut Pro timeline without having to drag them or how to shorten the viewing time for each. Follow these steps and learn how to do stop motion in Final Cut Pro fast.
Start New Project and Import Files 

As you create a new project in Final Cut Pro, make sure to enter the exact resolution of your still images in the dialogue box. If you are not sure of the measurements, click on an image and hit Command-I to populate information about the image. Now import all the photos that you plan to turn into an animation sequence.   

Bring Images Into the Timeline

Using the shortcut Command-A, select all the photos so they appear highlighted in the FCPX browser. Here it is important not to try to drag the selected files into the timeline because that can end up being a long process. Instead, simply hit D on your keyboard to move the files to the FCPX timeline.     

Adjust the Default Duration of Each Image

The default initial duration for a still image file in Final Cut Pro is four seconds. You need to change this setting to the length of one frame per image, as four seconds per image would lead to a very long film. To adjust the duration for a bulk of images, first select all files in the timeline via Command-A so they are highlighted; then hit Control-D, followed by 1, and then hit Enter. After some time has elapsed, you should see all the files packed closely next to each other in the timeline. The length of each image now is one frame.

Render Files 

Depending on what your project is — whether you are simply creating a stop motion video for images from a trip or bringing logo sequences to life or creating a story sequence for inanimate objects or creating a promotional ad for social media — you may want to add more effects to the video. If this sequence is going to be used in a larger project, you may render the files into a manageable video format. Render your final video through the File menu to Video Only as it contains no sound. 

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