… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1794: Two Shortcuts to Create Still Frames

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Still frames, unlike Hold frames, create separate media that can be easily moved.

A still frame, applied as a connected clip.

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Every week, as I edit my webinars, I need to create still frames to hide an edit or cover a mistake. A Hold frame won’t work because I need separate media to adjust its position in the timeline. Here’s how to do this using just two keyboard shortcuts.

  • Put the timeline playhead on the frame you want to use for the still frame.
  • Type Shift + F. This creates a match frame between the clip in the timeline with the master clip in the Browser. Specifically, it moves the playhead in the Browser to match the frame in the timeline.
  • Type Option + F. This edits the frame under the playhead in the Browser as a connected clip at the position of the playhead in the timeline.

I use this technique in virtually every project I edit.


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