Tip #640: Faster Freezes in Final Cut

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #640: Faster Freezes in Final Cut

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

This creates freezes from both the Browser and Timeline.

A match frame freeze added at the position of the timeline.

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You can always create a hold frame (Shift + H) in a clip. But, a hold frame is locked into the clip that created it. A freeze frame is a stand-alone piece of media that can be moved anywhere. Here’s a fast way to add freeze frames to the timeline in Final Cut Pro X.

  • Position the playhead on the frame you want to freeze in the timeline.
  • Type Shift + F. This creates a match frame for the same clip in the Browser.
  • Type Option + F. This adds a freeze frame of the frame under the playhead in the Browser on a layer above the Primary Storyline in the timeline.

NOTE: The duration of the freeze is based on the Still Image duration in Preferences > Editing.


  • To add a freeze frame from any clip in the Browser, position the playhead on the Browser frame you want to freeze, then type Option + F.
  • To freeze a frame in the Timeline and add it to the Primary Storyline, position the timeline playhead on the frame you want to freeze and type Option + F.

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