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This chapter is from the book Cropping and Distorting an Image

Cropping and Distorting an Image

In Avid, image cropping is accessed in effects like Resize and Picture-In-Picture. In FCP, it’s a built-in parameter for every clip. You can use the Crop function to clean up an image that has video garbage on its outer edges or to crop an unwanted element out of an image, such as a person or sign. Once cropping is applied, any clips beneath the cropped image will be revealed through the cropped area. This may be the desired result if you are building a composite effect. If no clip is beneath the cropped clip, black will appear in the cropped area.

Final Cut Pro Crop and Distort motion effects are easy to apply using the Image+Wireframe mode. Both Crop and Distort also have parameter controls on the Motion tab, as well as tools on the FCP Tool palette.

To crop or distort an image:

  1. Open an image in the Viewer from the Timeline or the Browser.
  2. Set up your preferred viewing options so you can see your changes as you make them.
  3. Click the Motion tab in the Viewer to display the Crop or Distort parameters.
  4. To crop, do one of the following:
    • Move the sliders for one or more image sides.

      Enter crop percentages in the number boxes.

      With Image+Wireframe active, select the Crop tool from the Tool palette, or press C, and drag any image side.

      Figure 10.48A Image before crop

      Figure 10.48B Image after crop

  5. To Distort, do one of the following:
    • Enter numerical pixel values or change the overall aspect ratio with the slider.

      Choose the Distort tool from the Tool palette, or press D, and drag an image corner.

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