Create GIFs in Final Cut Pro – FCPX Tutorial 2018

Create GIFs in Final Cut Pro – FCPX Tutorial 2018


GIFs, or is it JIFs? Either way, today we’re going to take an in depth look at making these in Final Cut Pro, with a custom Apple Compressor preset. Hey guys, whats up. This is Serge, and welcome back to my channel. Using GIFs is a great way to spice up your
website, promote your content, or step up your twitter game, especially when these are set up to loop, or play over and over. GIFs can easily be made by using an online service, free of charge,
but, if you own Final Cut Pro and Apple’s Compressor, you can add a custom export preset to export GIFs directly from Final Cut Pro. First, to make a GIF, you need to start with a video clip. Theoretically, you can make it as long as
you want, but generally GIFs are meant to be nice and
short, around 2 – 6 seconds long. Once you have your clip, lets first take a look at Compressor’s built
in presets. In the top right corner, hit the share button and select Add Destination. Double click the Compressor Settings, and from the Built In folder, select Motion Graphics. From here you can select Animated Image Large, or Animated Image Small. Add either one, or both of these to your share
presets. Close your destinations window, hit the share button again, and select your share preset for your GIF. Selecting Animated Image Large will export a GIF file thats 640 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall, and is optimized for best quality playback. A 4 second video exported as a GIF in this
format will be approximately 16 MB. Animated Image Small preset is 428 pixels wide by 240 pixels tall, and is played back only at 15 frames per second. This format is optimized for messaging and
websites, and the same 4 second video file is only approximately 4 MB, considerably smaller than animated image large. You can also make your own custom preset for exporting GIFs from Final Cut Pro. To make a custom setting, open up Compressor, click on the Settings and Locations button to open up the sidebar, and in the bottom left corner click on the plus sign and select New Setting. From the format dropdown menu, select Image Sequence and give it a name. Now, over in the inspector, from the Image Type dropdown menu select GIF, and select the Animated checkbox. Next, you can choose whether your playback will be continuous, or you can choose to stop playback after a selected number of plays. Selecting continuous will loop your GIF playback over and over. This is great for cinemagraphs, where you can get continuous motion in your
image. Next in the video tab of the inspector, you can select a video resolution, and playback frame rate. Selecting Automatic will keep the same frame rate as your source clip. Next, close Compressor and go back to Final Cut Pro. To export your GIF by using your custom preset, once again hit the share button, and select Add Destination. Double click compressor settings, and your presets you just made will be in your Custom folder. Hit OK, and close your settings window. Now, hit the share button again and select your new export preset to export your video clip as a GIF. So, next time you need to upload a still image
to your website, or you need some promotion material for your latest video to share on social media, consider making a GIF. It’s not going to be ideal every time, but the small file size of GIFs may be exactly what you need. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to hit
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30 thoughts on “Create GIFs in Final Cut Pro – FCPX Tutorial 2018”

  1. Hey LPTGUY, I have a maxed out 15" 2015 MBP, 1 TB SSD, 16 GB ram, 2.8GHz Quad core. 2 GB Graphics. But while editing on FCPX 10.4, it lags horribly!!! It background renders all the time and while doing so, my whole system lags. Can you please make a video on why this might happen? I only edit on 1080p. Not even 4K. Still horrible even without using much of effects.

  2. If that happened after you updated to Final Cut Pro X10.4 on high sierra? reset your PRAM by [ Press the power button and then press command-option-p-r. …
    Hold those keys down until your Mac reboots again and you here the startup chime.
    Let go of the keys and let your Mac reboot normally. Had the same problem and that fixed it.

  3. Very useful but do I really need Compresor to make the the file small Cant I just go for 720 low resolution within Fcpx to make smaller file need some advice please .

  4. Thank you for this video. Can you please tell me how to put "Compressor" in my dock. I'm having trouble finding Compressor, I'm trying to build my own presets. Thank you.

  5. hi can you please recommend a good web for music, effects sound effects visual effects ect just want to subscribe somewhere to have nice variety of product in one place and how about Production Crate ?for Fcpx.Thanks

  6. How is it that when I go to compressor settings it says:
    Built in 0 settings
    Custom 1 group ?
    Do I have to install something??

  7. When I try to follow your steps to get the compressor settings added in to the destinations, they never show up as options. I built a custom one in Compressor with the method you used, but it doesn't show up when I try to bring it over into FCPX. When I click add destination, double click compressor settings, the only thing that shows up under custom is the pre-existing MXF folder. Even when I try to use the built in ones you suggested (small/large) as destinations, they are not there (it only displays 4 settings options under Built In, Motion Graphics when I try to add destinations: OpenEXR Image Sequence, QuickTime Animation, QuickTime ProRes with Alpha, and TIFF Image Sequence).

    If I'm missing something obvious, any pointers would definitely be appreciated.

  8. i don't have options to click for animated image small/large in FCP & In compressor setting no GIF option…. I don't know what's wrong.

  9. Every time I search for a Final Cut Pro Tutorial you turn up in the search. Great Job Dude! You nail it with your Videos. I cannot find the option in my Final Cut Pro (latest version). Does Compressor need to be installed?

  10. there's no option for gif in my animated graphics. There're only two apple settings, TIFF and open EXR sequence.
    There's no GIF option in Compressor as well!

  11. I have the compressor app but when I go to compressor settings it says:

    Built in: 0 settings

    Custom: 1 group

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