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This chapter is from the book Rotating an Image

Rotating an Image

Avid provides a Spin option to create X, Y, and Z spins in 2D. In FCP, when you spin or rotate an image, you use some of the same features used in scaling and centering (the Image+Wireframe mode, for example) to manipulate clips. Here it is also helpful to use the Zoom pop-up menu to change the image view area so you have space to work with your image.

Figure 10.41 Avid spin options

To rotate an image:

  1. Change the Canvas zoom to 25 percent and make sure the Image+Wireframe mode is active.
  2. If you’re working with a new clip, double-click the clip in the Timeline and park the playhead over it to see it in the Canvas.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click any edge of the Canvas Image+Wireframe overlay. A round rotate icon appears over the wireframe edge. Drag the image down or up to rotate it.

      Type a rotation amount in the number field in the Motion tab. A positive value rotates the image clockwise; a negative value rotates it counterclockwise.

      Drag the rotation circle on the Rotation parameter line. As you drag, the numerical value is updated as well.

To reposition the anchor point:

An image’s anchor point is the point around which a clip’s rotation takes place. An anchor point doesn’t have to be in the center of the image, although that is its default location.

Do one of the following:

  • With Image+Wireframe mode active, press D to select the Distort tool and move your pointer over the center of the image, where the anchor point is. When you see the Distort tool appear, drag the anchor point from its default center position to a different location. (The Distort tool is discussed in more detail in the following exercise.)
  • Double-click the clip to open it in the Viewer and click the Motion tab. Enter horizontal and vertical pixel locations in the Anchor Point fields for where you want the anchor point to be.
  • In the following example, the image’s anchor point was changed to the lower-right corner. When a clockwise rotation is applied, the image is rotated around the anchor point in that corner.

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