Video:Final Cut Pro: How to Import and Use Imageswith Nick Flegg
Importing image files into Final Cut Pro X and using them within the program is easier than you may think. Watch this how-to video from About.com to see instructions for doing it on your own.See Transcript
Transcript:Final Cut Pro: How to Import and Use Images
Hi, I'm Nick and today for about.com, I'm going to teach you how to import image clips into Final Cut Pro X.
Importing Image Clips in Final Cut Pro X
Image clips can be imported in several ways. Select the ‘File' tab and choose ‘Import', or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+I. You can also right-click in the event library and choose the ‘Import Files' option. Now you can select which files you want to import. Select multiple files by holding the command key. You can also select a folder to import its entire contents.
Importing Video Audio and Image Files in Final Cut Pro X
If you import a mixture of video audio and image files, you can easily separate them using smart collections. Right-click the event and select the ‘New Smart Collection' option. Double-click the collection and click the plus arrow to find some further options. Choose ‘Media Type' and then ‘Stills'. Now, all still images from the imported folder will be copied into the stills collection.
Importing Using Media Browser
You can also import images via the media browser, located just above the timeline. Click the image button and you can browse your computer for relevant files. Double-click a thumbnail to see that particular image in a larger size. Once you've made your selection, you can insert the image into your timeline by dragging aand dropping.
Don't forget, by opening the inspector, you have access to additional effects and information related to your image. Adjustable effects include scale, rotation, crop and distort, whereas the info tab can reveal details such as focal length and ISO speed.
Color Correcting Images in Final Cut
The inspector also allows you to color correct your image. Change the color, saturation and exposure to suit your needs! You can also add effects to your image by clicking the effects button in the media browser.
Images work just like video clips in the timeline, so tools such as the position tool and the range finder work exactly the same way. Cut your image using the blade if need be and zoom and search the timeline by using the zoom and hand tools.
Types of Image Files
It's worth noting that Final Cut Pro X can handle a number of different image files. PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA and TIFF are all accepted, so don't worry about compatibility!
Now you know all about using image files in Final Cut Pro X. For more FCP tips and tricks, visit Compute.About.com