Free Final Cut Pro plugin: Alex4D Freeze transition

This transition freezes the outgoing clip before showing an incoming clip or shows a freeze frame of an incoming clip or freezes the outgoing clip and then shows a freeze frame of an incoming clip. You can also choose to cross dissolve between the clips.

Here are the controls:

Freeze: Choose between Outgoing Clip, Incoming Clip or Both Clips

Cross Dissolve: 0 – no dissolve i.e. show freeze only, 50 – dissolve for half the duration, 100 – dissolve during the whole transition

Here’s a demo:

The duration of the transition controls which frames are frozen.

If you freeze the outgoing clip, the frame at A will be shown until C. If you freeze the incoming clip, the frame at C will be shown from A onwards. If you freeze both, the frame at A will be shown until B, then the frame at C will be shown.

You cannot freeze the last frame of an outgoing clip for any duration you want.

Final Cut Pro X does not allow transitions to last longer than the frames in a clip. This means that if the outgoing clip’s last frame is at C but has been trimmed so the clip finishes at B in the timeline and a Freeze transition is added so that its duration lasts from A to C, it isn’t possible to freeze any frame in the outgoing clip between A and C. This transition always freezes the frames at the beginning or end of its duration. Transition durations and positions are limited to what Final Cut Pro will allow.

Freeze as an effect

Freeze can be applied to single clips. If you want to momentarily pause a clip but jump forward in the clip afterwards for the duration of your pause, use the blade tool to create an edit in your clip and apply Alex4D Freeze.

Here’s the result of the earlier demo settings when applied to an edit in a clip:


Download this disk image:

It includes an installation script for Spherico’s Motion Template Tool application, if you don’t have it on your Mac, download it. It is a freeware/donationware tool that simplifies effects installation for Final Cut Pro X users. MTT installs effects for Final Cut Pro X in the correct folders, creating them if need be. You don’t need to have Motion 5 or MTT installed for these effects to work.

Once you have MTT installed on your computer, double-click the ‘Install Alex4D Freeze 1.0.mtt’ file.

If you don’t want to use MTT, install these effects in Home / Movies / Motion Templates / Transitions / Alex4D:

If you find this free plugin useful, you might like my Alex4D Animation Transitions plugin pack:

Find out more about Alex4D Animation Transitions.

There are many more free plugins on my Final Cut Pro X page


  1. What do you see as the advantage with this as opposed to simply using hold frames? I have to admit… I don’t get it.

    • Alex said:

      It’s quicker to apply and doesn’t change the length of your project. When applied to a through edit to produce a freeze effect, it isn’t the same as a hold frame.

      • Ah, okay! Good point! See… told ya I didn’t get it! 😉

  2. barry said:

    i get blue screen after installing is it due to having an older or newer version of fcpx ?

    • Alex said:

      Your version of Final Cut Pro X is too old to use this effect. You need to upgrade to version 10.0.5 at least.

    • dudemeister said:

      Now why the hell would somebody NOT get a FREE update? Unless of course they never bought it to begin with…

      • Alex said:

        I give people the benefit of the doubt and consider the possibility that they don’t know about the Mac App Store update process…

      • dudemeister said:

        Only that it comes up automatically if an update for an app that you *bought* is available. So if someone knows how to turn that (default behavior) OFF, then they know about it, and he obviously knows that there are in fact different versions… but whatever.

        On the other hand I have not seen a “blue screen” on a Mac in the 20 years of using them, so who knows wtf’s going on there…

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