FCP X Tutorials: Creating Freeze Frames and changing clip speed

FCP X Tutorials: Creating Freeze Frames and changing clip speed

Learn how to create a freeze frame and change clip speed in FCPX

In this post, we take a quick look at how to create a freeze video footage in FCP X, as well as how to change clip speed.
To create a freeze frame, follow the steps below:
1. In the Timeline, put your playhead on the frame you want to hold and select the clip
2. Use either the Retime menu in the Toolbar (pictured), or Modify > Retime > Hold
A color coded retiming editor appears on the top of the clip (pictured)
Green indicates the portion of the clip that runs at 100% speed and red indicates the portion of the clip that is frozen.
3. By default, a hold frame lasts for two seconds. Drag the right handle of the red retiming bar left or right to decrease or increase the freeze.

To change clip speed:
1. In the Timeline, select a range, a whole clip, or a group of clips whose speed you want to change.
2. To apply a preset speed setting, choose Slow or Fast from the Retime pop-up menu in the toolbar (pictured), and choose a speed from the submenu.
To apply a speed setting manually, choose "Normal 100%" from the Retime pop-up menu (or press Command-R) to display the Retime Editor above the selection in the Timeline, and drag the retiming handle.
If you drag the retiming handle to the right, the speed of the selection decreases, the duration of the selection increases, and the bar above the Timeline selection turns orange. If you drag the retiming handle to the left, the speed of the selection increases, the duration of the selection decreases, and the bar above the Timeline selection turns blue.