Create freeze frames

You can easily create freeze-frame clips from any video clip. Freeze-frame clips hold a particular frame in place, temporarily stopping the action onscreen.

You can create freeze-frame clips from clips in the Timeline or the Browser. If you create a freeze-frame clip from the Browser, it is attached to the primary storyline at the playhead location as a connected clip.

You can create freeze frames on the fly during playback or by navigating to a specific frame in a clip.

Note: A freeze-frame clip preserves any attributes that were applied to the source clip, such as settings and effects.

Create a freeze-frame clip

  1. In the Timeline or the Browser, do one of the following:

    • Move the skimmer or playhead to the frame you want to freeze.

    • Begin playback of the clip.

    Playhead positioned on clip in Timeline
  2. Choose Edit > Add Freeze Frame (or press Option-F).

    How the freeze frame is added to the project depends on whether the freeze frame was created from the Timeline or the Browser.

    • If you created the freeze frame from a clip in the Timeline: A new freeze-frame clip is inserted at the skimmer or playhead location in the Timeline.

    • If you created the freeze frame from a clip in the Browser: A new freeze-frame clip is attached as a connected clip at the playhead location in the Timeline.

    Freeze-frame clip inserted at playhead position in Timeline

Change the default duration of freeze-frame clips

Freeze-frame clips have the same default duration as still-image clips: 4 seconds. You can change the default duration in Final Cut Pro preferences.

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Preferences (or press Command-Comma), and click the Editing button at the top of the window.

  2. Adjust the Still Images value slider.

If you don’t want to create a separate clip for freeze frames, you can create a hold segment using the Retime pop-up menu. For more information, see Create a hold segment.