346: Working with Still Images in Apple Final Cut Pro

346: Working with Still Images in Apple Final Cut Pro


Still photographs, slides and digital images are a common component in many video projects. In this session, Larry Jordan takes you step-by-step from scans to image prep to import and animation in Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion.

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Presented: March 8, 2023

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video webinar presenting issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 58:01
Download file size: 1.4 GB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1600 x 900)

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Still photographs, slides and digital images are a common component in many video projects. From digital photos to maps to old photos, editors often need to bring still images to life.

In this session, Larry Jordan starts at the beginning with an old print photo. Then, step-by-step, he takes you through the entire process from scanning to prepping images, improving resolution, then animating them in Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion. Specific topics include:

  • Still image workflow
  • Use SilverFast 9 to get better scans of old photos or slides
  • Prep scanned or digital images in Photoshop
  • Improve image resolution using TopazLabs’ Photo.AI
  • Animate stills in Final Cut Pro
  • Animate stills and objects in Apple Motion

Whether you are new to scanning or an old hand with still images, Larry’s tips and workflow will help make all your images look better.


This is an intermediate-level session. Some knowledge of Final Cut Pro will be helpful in understanding this material.


To help you quickly find the information you need, we included chapter markers in the QuickTime download  to simplify navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.

  • Welcome!
  • – Core concept
  • – Stills workflow
  • – Image task list
  • – Fix color casts
  • Scan Photos or Slides
  • – LaserSoft SilverFast 9
  • – Why SilverFast?
  • – Scanning specs
  • – Resolution clarification
  • – SilverFast Demo
  • – Set frame boundaries
  • – Remove dust
  • – Remove color cast
  • – Set format & resolution
  • – Scan images
  • Prep Still Images in Photoshop
  • – Key Photoshop tools
  • – Photoshop Demo
  • – Crop & set aspect ratio
  • – Rotate image
  • – Adjust grayscale levels
  • – Adjust vibrance saturation
  • – Remove dust with the Spot Healing brush
  • – Remove objects with the Patch tool
  • TopazLabs Photo.Al
  • Animate in Final Cut Pro
  • – Animate with “Ken Burns”
  • – Animate with keyframes
  • Animate in Apple Motion
  • – Why Apple Motion?
  • – Motion Demo
  • – Animate a line/shape
  • – Animate an object
  • – Animate a blur
  • Summary