Final Cut Pro X Quick Tip #2 – Creating Timelapses/Stop Motion Videos inside of Final Cut Pro

Good day everyone!

Well, this is turning into a habit of mine now. I hope everyone enjoyed my last quick tip with using Final Cut Pro X to edit instrumental and vocal music tracks using multicamera clips, if you haven’t read that post, then you can read it here. Today’s post is doing something inside of Final Cut that is very very easy and super quick to do, and you’ll love it if you do time-lapse or stop motion animation of any sort.

*NOTE* – I must give credit firstly to Apex for giving me rights to use the images used in this post. The images themselves are taken from a short film called ‘City‘ directed by Andy Barham which you can view on Vimeo here.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s get started!

1) Create a new project and make sure it’s using custom project settings and configure the project to how you want, such as frame rate and frame size. With that, import your pictures into the event browser.

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2) Depending on the amount of photos you have and how you want your project to go, for example, you might have various sequences inside of your project, if that’s the case, start key wording and organising your media to suit your needs. For this post, I’m only going to be doing one sequence.


3) Place the media you want to use onto the timeline. If you’ve organised your media into keyword collections, a quick way for this is using ‘Cmd+A‘ to select all of your clips and hitting ‘E‘ to append them to the timeline.

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4) Once that’s done, all of your clips should be on the timeline. Select all of the clips in the timeline (‘Cmd+A’ again). And hit ‘Control+D‘.

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What you’ll notice is on the dashboard inside of Final Cut, you have changed the timecode monitor to display blue, what this enables you to do is enter a set duration for each clip selected on the timeline. 6) With the dashboard now blue, type in 1 on your keyboard and hit the enter key. Now, every single clip is 1 frame in duration. Well done! You’ve just made a stop motion animation/timelapse video in a few short clicks. To finish it all off, select your images in the timeline and go to the inspector and change the Spatial Conform to ‘Fill

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What I like to do now is make that a compound clip and colour correct that sequence (or segment) how I wish, and do this for every other sequence that I might have.


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And that’s it! Thank you guys for reading and I hope this is of some benefit to time-lapse and stop motion enthusiasts out there. If you’ve got any questions or tips to share, then please, drop me a comment, i’d love to hear from you. You can follow me on Twitter @SWDoctor. Thanks for reading! SW


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