Create a Ken Burns Effect in FCPX

Looking to animate stills and video in Final cut pro but don’t want to mess with key frames? Did you know that ken burns animation is built into Final Cut Pro X?
In this quick tutorial we look at the Ken Burns effect and what it can and Can’t do.

The following topics are covered in this tutorial:
What is a ken burns effect?
Placing the photos/clips in the timeline
Using the crop/ transform / distort tool
Using the Crop tool and activating the Ken Burns effect
Setting frames for Ken Burns effect
Other options for the effect
How it works
Swapping in outs
Using the effect on top of video footage

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