Clicking the Done button applies any adjustment to the clip. If you prefer to work numerically, you can use the
sliders or dials found inside the Transform section of the Inspector's Video pane. Settings also can be adjusted
by scrolling up and down (or sideways) over the parameter's Number field. X changes the image horizontally;
Y, vertically. To reset any parameter, click the down arrow at the end of any setting and choose Reset Parameter.
The Inspector provides an additional setting not available in the on-screen controls of the Viewer and that is the
ability to change the Anchor position. The Anchor is the point where the image scales or rotates from, with the
default Anchor point being the center of the screen. If you want to scale or rotate from another position, the An-
chor can easily be changed using the X and Y controls in the Inspector.
Figure 14.2 Rotating an image using the Transform controls.
Trimming and cropping images
The next built-in effect that we're going to look at allows you to trim, crop, and create the Ken Burns effect. To
bring up these on-screen controls, select a clip in the Timeline and either click on the second button below the
Viewer or press Shift+C. Doing so overlays three buttons over the image in the Viewer where you can choose
the effect that you require. To access these effects from the Inspector, choose Trim, Crop, or Ken Burns from
the Type pop-up menu, under the Crop category.
Clicking the Trim button places eight blue rectangle handles around the image in the Viewer. Clicking and drag-
ging on these handles lets you trim the edges of the image, enabling you to hide areas from view. Dragging with
the Shift key held down maintains the image's aspect ratio, while dragging with the Option key allows you to
trim both adjacent sides at the same time. Any areas that are hidden become transparent and show as black on-
screen. If you're trimming the image of a Connected clip above the Primary Storyline, the clip below shows
through the trimmed area. In order to remove a section of the image and scale it up to fit the frame, you would
need to crop the image instead.
When we were editing the Setting Up the Story sequence back in Chapter 9, we came across a shot that had a
boom mike drop into frame at the end of the clip. We ended up using an alternative clip in the edit, but what if
this were the only clip available to cover the scene? If we were forced to use the clip, we would need to zoom
into the shot to avoid seeing the microphone. Let's see how we can do this using Final Cut Pro's Crop feature.