… for Apple Final Cut Pro X
Tip #1259: Change Keyframe Ease In/Out Speed
Bezier control dots adjust Ease In/Out speeds and the shape of the motion path.
I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar. We can change the ease-in / ease-out speed when animating objects in Final Cut using keyframes.
Ease In and Ease Out refer to the acceleration of an object when it is animated using keyframes.
- Ease In. The speed of an object approaching a keyframe.
- Ease Out. The speed of an object leaving a keyframe.
By default, all keyframes in Final Cut Pro have both Ease In and Ease Out applied. This means an object accelerates when leaving a keyframe and decelerates when approaching a keyframe.
Here’s how to change the speed of this acceleration after applying a keyframe:
- Select the clip in the timeline.
- Rotate the object to move the position of the rotation handle.
- Grab the small white dot at the end of the thin white line attached to the keyframe. (This line is called a Bezier control handle.)
- Drag the dot along the motion path line to change the Ease In / Out speed.
NOTE: Dragging the dot around the keyframe puts a curve into the motion path (the dotted red line).
Once you’ve adjusted the Ease In/Out speed, you can unrotate the object to the angle you need.
Control-click a keyframe and set it to Linear to have a constant speed between keyframes.