14 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2009 1:33 PM by monicadale
monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi - I remember that in iMovie, there was a way to crop video, expand it again (essentially zooming in on a focal area), determine the center of the image, etc.

(As I recall, there was also a way of stabilizing video to keep an object centered.)

Dumb as it may be, I've looked through all the manuals I can find and can't figure out how to do this in Final Cut Express! (I get the image + wireframe and crop tool, but don't know how to expand or center the clip from there.)

Thanks in advance for any help!!

iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (113,845 points)
    There is no image stabilization in FCE.

    This will show you where some are the tools are to do whta you want to do

  • Zak Ray Level 4 Level 4 (3,465 points)
    I've looked through all the manuals I can find and can't figure out how to do this in Final Cut

    Then you somehow managed to skip pages 724-750.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you, Tom! I definitely need to get your book.

    I expected this to be as simple as in iMovie. (I take it that if I did this editing in iMovie, those changes wouldn't transfer into Final Cut Express?)
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I looked up "cropping clips" in the index, trying to relate it to the wireframe (also "wireframe," "zoom," etc.) and didn't see what I needed addressed. I didn't consider it as a motion or keyframe issue, but instead was looking for something like iMovie's tools which, as I recall, treats it more statically.

    (On edit: That's why I said "Dumb as it may be" -- I wasn't sure what exactly to seek.)

    Thanks for your help.

    Message was edited by: monicadale
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (113,845 points)
    What do you mean by transfer? If you use XML export the effects won't care over, no. If you export the movie you can bring the exported QuickTime file into FCE.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I meant the XML export/import. (Part of my problem may be lacking vocabulary to figure out what I'm looking for!)

    QuickTime would mean it's already in a permanent form and not editable, am I right? (I really need the audio capabilities of FCE so have to work in that.)

    While I have the "ear" of an expert, I had to convert a 2003 home video from "vob" files (?) -- a video_ts folder -- and found a "Wondershare" program for this. Would you recommend this, or is there a better way or a better program?

    Many thanks again.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry, I thought I had it but still don't... I'm seeing how to zoom in, or move around, on stills over time -- what I'm trying to do is zoom in on a video clip, using the wireframe rather than xy coordinates. I can't seem to move the video frame independently of the wireframe, or vice-versa.

    I think I have to take this one up with my one-to-one Apple guy.
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (113,845 points)
    Eh? The wireframe IS the video. It's the outline shape of the image that allows you to move the video around the screen.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh! I thought I could reposition the center of the wireframe to create a new "center" for the video image.

    Here are the directions from iMovie's manual for doing what I want to do in Final Cut Express:

    Cropping video clips or still images
    If you have still images or video in which the subject of interest is small or distant in the shot, you can crop it to get a close-up of a particular part.

    Cropping is also useful if you have media of different sizes that don’t fit within your project’s aspect ratio. In such a case, you can crop the video or photo so that it fits the aspect ratio.

    The maximum crop is 50 percent of the image’s original size. If your video is high definition (or your photo is high resolution), you can get in quite close without much noticeable loss of image quality.

    You can crop video in a project or in your source video. If you make a change in your source video, the change will be reflected in any future project to which you add the altered video. Your source video does not reflect changes you make to video clips in the project.

    To crop a clip or still image:

    Select a video clip or photo, and then click the Crop button.

    In the viewer, click Crop and drag to resize and reposition the green cropping rectangle to focus on the part of the image you want.

    The aspect ratio of the crop rectangle matches the aspect ratio of the current project you have selected in your Project Library. If no project is selected, then the crop rectangle has a 16x9 (widescreen) aspect ratio.

    So the cropped area filled the entire screen, rather than moving within it. Maybe the wireframe isn't what I want...
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (113,845 points)
    None of this is relevant to FCE. iMovie is an entirely different application, works entirely differently, and even uses many different formats. Do not try to make one application work like another. It almost never works.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I understand that, but was just trying to point to the function I'm looking for in FCE, particularly in case my terminology isn't correct.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (113,845 points)
    To crop the image you use the crop tool and drag the edge of the wireframe. To scale the image you grab the corner of the wireframe and move pull it in or out. To move the image you grab it anywhere inside the wireframe and drag it. Once again there is no image stabilization so there is no automated movement. Any motion needs to be keyframed as described in the article I linked.
  • monicadale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ohhhh!!!!! My video image itself was so tiny, I was looking at too small an area and wasn't clear on the distinctions between the black area vs. the wireframe vs. the clip. So I was thinking I had to position the video clip inside of the wireframe in some way, as if the wireframe were the black area (whatever that is called)!

    I was looking at the thing too close-in -- in other words, "trees" but no "forest."

    Big "duh" and "thank you!!!"