Some editors who have animation experience miss the ability to smoothly control the position, scale and rotation of clips in Final Cut Pro X.
In the natural world objects don’t move at a constant speed, they slowly get moving, speed up and then slow down before stopping. That slow speed up and slow down is called ‘easing in’ to the animation and ‘easing out.’
My Smooth Move effect animates a clip between two states with the option to choose the shape of the curve that is used to animate the parameters.
There are three curve shapes available: Constant, Ease Both and Logarithmic. Logarithmic is available for the scale parameter, which makes scaling clips down look more realistic.
You can also control when during the clip the animation starts and finishes. If the controls look like this:
Then the animation will wait for 45% of the duration before animating from Start to End, ending at 85% of the duration:
When you apply the effect, both on-screen controls will be centred. If you drag a point, you’ll be choosing the end position and angle for your clip.
Download the effect archive from here.
Expand the ZIP archive and add the folder to the Motion Templates folder in the Movies folder of your home directory:
If you don’t have Motion installed, you won’t have a Motion Templates folder in your Movies folder. Download this set of empty folders and add them to the Movies folder of your home directory.
Although the folder is called Motion Templates, you don’t need to have Motion installed on your computer for this effect to work.
Check out my other free effects and articles on my Final Cut Pro X home page.