11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2013 3:40 PM by Tom Wolsky
lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to crop a section of a clip to get a close up of a singer.  When I use the range tool to select the section and then crop, the entire clip is cropped.  Can I use the range too to do this or must I be confined to using the blade to split the clip into three sections?  It obviously would be more convenient to use the range tool.  Please tell me how to do this if it can be done.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    The clip has to be split, or you have to use keyframes to change the values. You cannot select a porition of a clip. The application would not know how to interpolate the change from frame to frame.

  • 2. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So what good is the range tool? It would seem that the same problem you mentioned would exist anytime you tried to make any changes in a part (range) of a clip, not just cropping but color, etc.  I took a course at the apple store and the instructor said with the range tool there is little use for the blade tool anymore.  Thanks for all your help.

  • 3. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    The range tool makes a selection. It can have a lot of uses, particularly editing uses and for audio adjustment, but not fir what you're doing.

     

    For your purposes for cropping you should keyframe, for color correction you will need to split the clip.

     

    Apple store instruction in my experience is not very good. Taking professional video instruction from a salesperson is not a good idea. They may have application certification (I emphasize may) but almost never have actual production experience.

  • 4. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the prompt response.  I took your advice and put in a position keyframe for the full image as shot by the camera and then moved the playhead a sufficient distance and put in another position keyframe and cropped a closeup of the singer.  The result was a smooth zoom into the face of the singer, but after a while, I wanted to go to the full image again.  How do I get the full image back?

    P.S. I am just a hobbyist, so I have little alternative to Apple Store Instruction.  I did buy the Diana Weyland book and am trying to work through it.  It, however, has specific examples and does not seem to cover what I am trying to do here.  Thanks for all your help.

  • 5. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    You need four keyframes to do this: the first were the move in starts, the second where the move in ends, the third that holds the in position and where the move out behind, and the final keyframe where the move back out ends.

  • 6. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What do you do if you don't want a zoom effect, just a cut to the face for a minute or so and then back to the full body?

  • 7. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    Then the first keyframe is at 10:00 and the next keyframe is at 10:01 and the third at 12:00 and the fourth at 12:01. For instance.

  • 8. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So here's what I did so far.  I cut a section of the clip using the blade tool.  I then lifted the section above for ease of use with the position tool.  I then put in a keyframe at the beginning of the clip under scale.  I then moved the playhead right about a minute and tried moving the scale slider but could not get it to center on the face of the singer.  How do I target the face of the singer for the second keyframe location with scale?  I assume this will then produce a smooth zoom to the face and hold it there for the duration of the clip.  Thanks for your patience.

  • 9. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    You keyframe in the viewer and use the transform function to scale and position. If your keyframing in the inspector you need to keyframe position and scale. Or you can animate the crop/crop function in the viewer or the inspector.

  • 10. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you thank you thank you.  One last question.  Is there a way in the viewer to show both the beginning and end frames of the zoom produced by using keyframes, perhaps side by side in a split screen or somewhat similar to the way the Ken Burns effect does it for the whole clip with its red and green rectangles?

  • 11. Re: Can I crop a section of a clip with the range tool?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    I'm afraid not.