Tip #1640: A Really Fast Still Frame Trick

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1640: A Really Fast Still Frame Trick

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Create still frames fast with these two shortcuts.

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I re-discovered this technique while researching my recent webinar: Clip Speed Effects in Apple Final Cut Pro.

Here’s a very fast way to create a still frame from any video clip in the Browser and edit it as a connected clip in the Final Cut timeline.

  • In the Timeline, put the playhead where you want to insert the still frame.
  • In the Browser, put the playhead (or skimmer) on the frame you want to insert into the timeline.
  • Type Option + F


To create a still frame of the current frame under the playhead in the timeline:

  • Make sure the timeline is active
  • Type Shift + F
  • Type Option + F

If the clip edits into the Primary Storyline, undo, deselect the clip and try again. Done.

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