How To Do A Slow Zoom In Final Cut

A slow zoom is a great way to add visual interest to your video projects. In this article, we will show you how to do a slow zoom in Final Cut Pro X.

Step 1: Import Your Footage

The first step is to import your footage into Final Cut Pro X. To do this, go to File > Import Media and select the video file you want to work with.

Step 2: Create a New Project

Once you have imported your footage, create a new project by going to File > New > Project. Give your project a name and choose a location where you want to save it.

Step 3: Add Your Footage to the Timeline

Now that you have created a new project, add your footage to the timeline by dragging and dropping it from the browser onto the timeline. You can adjust the length of the clip by dragging the edges.

Step 4: Add a Zoom Transition

To create a slow zoom, you will need to add a zoom transition. Go to Effects > Video Transitions and select the “Zoom” transition. Drag and drop it onto the beginning of your clip in the timeline.

Step 5: Adjust the Zoom Transition

Once you have added the zoom transition, adjust its settings to create a slow zoom effect. In the inspector panel, change the “Zoom Amount” to “100%”. This will make the clip fill the entire frame.

Step 6: Adjust the Duration of the Zoom Transition

To create a slow zoom effect, you will need to adjust the duration of the zoom transition. In the inspector panel, change the “Duration” to a longer time, such as 10 seconds. This will make the zoom transition take longer to complete.

Step 7: Preview Your Slow Zoom

Once you have adjusted the settings of the zoom transition, preview your slow zoom by pressing the spacebar on your keyboard or clicking the play button in the timeline. You can make further adjustments to the zoom transition as needed.


By following these steps, you should be able to create a slow zoom effect in Final Cut Pro X. This technique can add visual interest to your video projects and help keep your audience engaged. Remember to experiment with different settings and techniques to achieve the desired effect.