Resize, move, and rotate clips

The Transform built-in effect allows you to resize, move, and rotate an image. This effect is commonly used on a clip placed over a primary storyline clip, which becomes the background of the resized clip. It is also often used to zoom in on a clip, allowing you to reframe a shot if needed.

Adjust the Transform effect

Controls in the Viewer and Video inspector allow you to adjust this effect. However, some controls are found in only one or the other.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline.

  2. To access the Transform controls, do one of the following:

    • Choose Transform from the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the Viewer (or press Shift-T).

      Transform menu item for accessing Transform controls
    • Control-click in the Viewer and choose Transform from the shortcut menu.

  3. To adjust the effect using the onscreen controls:

    • Blue handles at each corner: Drag these to adjust the image’s size while maintaining its current aspect ratio.

    • Blue handles in the middle of each side: Drag these to independently adjust the vertical and horizontal image size, changing the aspect ratio of the image.

      Note: These controls aren’t available in the Video inspector.

    • White circle in the center: Shows the rotation anchor point. Drag anywhere inside the image to adjust the image’s position.

    • Blue handle extending from the center circle: Drag this to rotate the image.

      Tip: For finer precision when rotating the image, drag the rotation handle farther away from the anchor point in the center.

      Viewer showing Transform onscreen controls
  4. Use the Transform controls in the Video inspector as follows:

    • Position X and Y: Use these to move the image left and right (X) and up and down (Y).

    • Rotation: Use this to rotate the image around its anchor point.

    • Scale: Use this to change the image’s size.

    • Anchor X and Y: Use these to move the image’s center point. This defines the point that the image rotates around.

      Note: This control isn’t available in the onscreen controls.

  5. When you are finished adjusting the effect and no longer need the onscreen controls, click Done.

You can animate the effect and have it appear over a background. For details on working with built-in effects, see Work with built-in effects.