Clip Size in Final Cut Express

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by sargonkiadi, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. sargonkiadi macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2009

    I've been given a CD with wonderful png's that form overlay's, however don't have any kind of software to make it animated (other than Final Cut Express)

    Is there any possible way to set a clip size before import, or before they are placed into the timeline? (Shortening 450 images doesn't sound like a fun day)

    Thanks :apple:
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you mean "clip length/duration" by clip size?

    If so page 802 of the FCE manual:

    Changing the Duration of Still Images

    Once an image is edited into your sequence, it has a default duration of 10 seconds. However, you may want the image to play for a longer or shorter duration. There are a few ways to change the duration of a clip.

    To change the default duration of still images:

    1 Choose Final Cut Express > User Preferences, then click the Editing tab.
    2 Enter a new value in the Still/Freeze Duration field.

    Note: This setting only affects graphics imported after you change this setting. Previously imported graphics still retain the same In and Out points.
  3. sargonkiadi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2009

    I wondered what happened to page 802 in my manual!

    Thanks so much for this information, as I indeed did mean to say Clip length/duration.

    In the meantime I found another way to achieve this as a temporary solution, and perhaps one that others might find interesting, if you will be wanting to have different speeds throughout your timeline.

    I highlighted all the still images, right clicked, chose "Duration (00:...)" and entered the time I was wanting to have, "00:00:00:01"

    Thanks Spinnerlys

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