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Chapter 15. Motion > Using Motion Properties to Change a Clip’s Appearance

Using Motion Properties to Change a Clip’s Appearance

In Final Cut Express, when you want to make a clip’s image larger or smaller, tilted or skewed, opaque or transparent, you adjust the clip’s motion properties—even if the clip’s not moving. Not very intuitive, is it?

As long as you’re not animating the clip (changing the size and shape of the clip’s image over time), you don’t need to add any motion keyframes. Simply open the clip and adjust the clip’s default motion properties settings. FCE offers two ways to modify a clip’s motion properties: by adjusting the controls and entering numerical values on the clip’s Motion tab in the Viewer, or by using the Tool palette’s image modification tools to manipulate the clip’s image directly in the Canvas wireframe overlay. When you’re going for precision and consistency, you’ll probably end up working both numerically and graphically.


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