Freeze Frame Sequence Effect – Final Cut Pro Tutorial 2019
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Freeze Frame Sequence Effect – Final Cut Pro Tutorial 2019

October 16, 2019


In todays video, we’ll take a look at how to create this simple freeze frame sequence effect, and spice it up a bit with a simulated camera
move for this look. Hey guys, this is Serge and welcome back to my channel. In order to recreate the freeze frame sequence
effect seen at the start of this video, there’s a couple things you have to keep
in mind when filming. One, is your camera has to remain perfectly
still, so I’d strongly recommend using a tripod. Next, if possible, use a higher frame rate, so there’s less motion blur in your freeze
frames, and record in the highest resolution possible, so you can crop in on your shot. And last, make your subject stand out against the background, so either use a dark subject against a light
background, or a light subject against a dark background, and have your subject move across the screen. Let’s jump right into Final Cut Pro and take a look at how its done. Down in our timeline, we have a clip with a dark subject running against a light background. This should work perfect for this effect. Skim your clip, and place markers at every point you want to add a freeze frame, by pressing the M key on your keyboard. Next, place your playhead on your first marker, and select your clip at the same time, by holding down the Option key and clicking on the clip. Next, press Shift F on your keyboard. This will reveal your selected frame in the media browser. Press Option F to add a freeze frame of the selected frame as a connected clip to your timeline. and ripple trim it to the length of your clip. Option click your next marker, Shift F to reveal the selected frame in the
media browser, Option F to add a freeze frame as a connected
clip, and ripple trim it to the length of your clip. Repeat this step for all your markers. If necessary, change the height of your clips from the clip appearance menu. Command click all your freeze frame clips
to select them, open the inspector with Command 4, and select the video tab. In the compositing section, switch your blend mode from normal to darken. Final Cut Pro will compare all your layered
clips, and display only the darkest pixels. With a light background and a dark subject, your clip should look like this. If you’re using a light subject against
a dark background, from the blend mode dropdown menu, instead of darken, select lighten. You can also try out some of the other blend
modes, for some unique looks. Next, let’s spice this clip up a bit, by adding a camera pan to our shot. Command click all your clips to select them, and combine them all into one compound clip by using the keyboard shortcut Option G. Now, with the clip selected, from the transform dropdown menu select Crop, and Ken Burns. Adjust your Green rectangle to frame the start
of your shot, and the Red one to frame the end of your camera
move. Click Done. Open the Effects browser, and scroll down and select the Stylize category. Find the Handheld effect, and drag and drop it over your clip. This will make the fake camera pan look a
little more realistic. You don’t need much here, so bring the distance slider down to zero, and the shakiness down to around 3 or 4. Once your clip is rendered out, it should look something like this. If you found this video helpful, click the like button, and check out the rest of my channel for more Final Cut Pro tutorials. New video’s uploaded weekly. Thanks for watching, and I hope to see you back here next week.

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  1. This is SOOOO GOOOOD mate. I will be adding this effect in my future videos. Thank you πŸ™πŸ» for showing me how πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

  2. That effect is fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out. Love your videos. I always check them out. They’re well presented, easy to follow and great tips and ideas to use in your videos.

  3. Thanks for this.. been wanting to do this effect for awhile now. This is one of the best and easiest I've seen.

  4. Serge, I watch every video you come out with…… the techniques are amazing and YOU have vastly improved my editing skills. THANK YOU!!!

  5. Very cool tutorial, Serge. I've tried doing videos like this in the past but you make it even simple to do these kinds of effects. Thank you sir.

  6. Serge, if you want to do a clip with the subject running into the clones do you just do the same thing but backwards? Always wanted to know how to do this.

    Thanks for the great videos!!! Keep it up!

  7. Oh, do I ever like this one! I wish I'd seen it before my vacation. Would have kept it in mind and filmed something suitable. Maybe I'll find something suitable.
    Great tutorial, as always!

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