Final Cut Pro X: Resize Video Without Losing Image Quality [video]

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In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan shows how to resize an image without losing image quality in Final Cut Pro X.

Resize a Video Clip Without Losing Image Quality

TRT: 6:17 — MPEG-4 HD movie

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5 Responses to Final Cut Pro X: Resize Video Without Losing Image Quality [video]

  1. Warren Nelson says:


  2. Erik Punt says:

    Hello Larry,
    Thanks for your always very helpful tutorials.
    My question:
    If I shoot in 1080 / 1920 by 16:9 and I want to make a 1:1 (square) in my FCPX project. Do I lose image quality anyway? If so, What is your advise to handle this?
    Thanks and Greetings,

    • Larry says:


      I’m not clear on the question you are asking. If you take a rectangular image, then crop it so it is square, you won’t lose image quality, but you will lose pixels. In other words, you can’t convert a rectangle to a square without removing a part of the image; generally, those pixels on the left and right sides.


  3. Cynthia McInnis says:

    Hi. I’m adding a video to my closing credits. I transformed it to fit on the side of the credits but it is cutting off some of the video. I want to resize it without losing parts of it. is this possible?

    • Larry says:


      Probably, yes. Select the video you want to scale, then use Video Inspector > Transform > Scale to resize the video. Don’t use crop and don’t adjust the Horizontal or Video scaling.

      As long as you don’t drag the clip outside the edge of the frame, you’ll see all of it, just smaller.


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