FCP X: Spatial Conform
Here’s an example of a still image of a flowering Lupin superimposed over a background. Except…. it doesn’t look quite right.
There are three Spatial Conform settings you can adjust, that yield three different results, depending upon what you want to do. Spatial Conform works for any image or video clip. As with any effect in FCP X, you need to select the clip first, then open the Inspector (Command+4)
Fit scales the image so that the entire image is contained in the frame. If the aspect ratio of the image does not match the aspect ratio of the project, you’ll see around the edges of the image.
Fill scales the image so that the entire frame is filled. If the aspect ratio of the image does not match the aspect ratio of the project, edges of the image will be lost; which is the case here.
None scales the image to 100%. This is the best option to use if you want to apply a “Ken Burns” effect to a still image, or if you want to see an image at the best possible quality.
The default setting for Spatial Conform is FIT.
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