We're working on a film for class using Final Cut (I apologize in advance because I am a complete novice and don't really know what the proper terminology is). Basically, we have a segment of video that we would like to cut in half, so we only want to focus on the right-hand side of the shot and not have other half be in the screen at all. We know how to cut it, or trim it, but we don't know how to center it and enlarge it so that just that half of a shot now fits the screen without the black bars/ blank space on the sides. Any advice would be helpful, as we're very much beginners. Thanks!
There are 2 easy ways to do this.
Double click on the clip that you want to zoom in the timeline.
This will load it into the viewer for editing.
Then select the MOTION tab at the top of the VIEWER window.
You will se there controls for SCALE and CENTER.
Using a combination of those you can position the image.
There are 3 buttons above the image in the CANVASS window,
Select the 3rd and select IMAGE+WIREFRAME. You will notice a cross hair appear with selectable corner points.
You can then corner drag or click drag the image or rotate by putting your curser next to the corner dot (the icon changes.) Us this to create the required size/position.
Use OPT + or - to zoom the whole image in the CANVASS window so you can se the edges - makes it a little easier to see what you are doing.