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Lesson 12. Changing Motion Properties > Setting Motion Keyframes

Setting Motion Keyframes

To animate a motion effect, you need at least two keyframes. One identifies where a parameter begins to change, and the other where the parameter change ends, or changes again. In Final Cut Pro, this process is automated. With the first keyframe set, changing the parameter at a different location will automatically add a new keyframe.

In this exercise, you will rotate a freeze-frame image over time. The first keyframe will set the starting Rotation angle, and the second keyframe will set the ending angle. It doesn't matter which keyframe you set first. You often set the second, or end, keyframe first. For example, the racer freeze-frames are already in their ending position. Why not take advantage of that by setting those keyframes first? Once the rotation keyframes are set, you will animate the Scale parameter to change size as the image rotates.


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