For the longest time I have been directing people to my tutorial on how to do Movement on Stills in FCP. Now, this is fine and dandy for temp moves, because it is fast and easy to do the move and then continue editing. But this method has a fatal flaw…relative movement. What that means is that when you start wide and then zoom in close, the first part of the move is REALLY FAST, but then as you zoom in closer, it slows down…the relative zoom speed isn’t constant.

Now as I said, I always did this as a temporary solution while I am doing my rough and fine cuts. But when it came time for me to work with the master stills I would use After Effects, as it dealt with relative movement properly. But I never recommended this method to others as it is not a cheap application, and people wouldn’t want to shell out the dough just for simple movement on stills.

But when you buy Final Cut Studio, you have another handy application that does the same good relative motion as After Effects does…MOTION. So from now on, I will be directing people to the GREAT TUTORIAL that Mark Spencer of Ripple Training has done.

I must complain to him for calling this “KEN BURNS REDEUX.” It is FURTHER ingraining the idea of movement on stills as something that Mr. Burns invented, or perfected….when in fact it is not. It is something that has been done long before Mr. Burns was even born…he just happened to over use it on all of his documentaries, and those documentaries had a wide audience…and APPLE decided to call it that in iMovie, to appeal to the general public.