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AutoCrop automatically centers content within crop boundaries. Options to scale and pan as well as adding a border and sharpening available. Perfect for “talking heads”!

Includes a “Title Fixer” for this effect. Both to be installed as Effects.

Requires Final Cut Pro 10.4.10 (may be backdated to 10.4).


AutoCrop - Custom Layouts - Custom Reveals

May 22, 2023

Added AutoCrop Animated. This effect will automatically animate from one size and location to another and allow you to choose to reverse the animation making complex animations easy.

Setup is like Ken Burns. Animation is from Start to End and back to Start. Either animation can be retimed, delayed or skipped. Animation direction can be swapped.

AutoCrop will save you time.

Build custom layouts, reveals or transitions quickly and easily.

The clip content automatically aligns itself with the center of the cropped boundaries!


Built in Sharpener (just in case scaled media looks too soft — or to simply improve/”clean” your video clips).

AutoScale the clip to conform to the horizontal or vertical dimension of the crop.

Scale override.

Controls to Pan Horizontally or Vertically to realign a clip.

Add Roundness to cropped clip corners.

Add a Border with an optional Inset feature.

Show/Hide the OnScreen Controls.

Works with any aspect ratio clip*.

Title Fixer included to use with Titles with no background (like Basic Title). This will keep the text from “infinitely” repeating across the screen.

*If you’re mixing media in a project, for example: Vertical Video in a horizontal project, create a compound clip of the vertical video IF you need to move the crop layout *outside* its normal clip boundaries (this is a well-known “problem” in Final Cut Pro).

If working with only an “odd-aspect” clip, applying AutoCrop to an Adjustment Layer may suffice.


Original AutoCrop with keyframed animations.

AutoCrop Animated demo

Note: AutoCrop was created in December 2022, well before the introduction to Final Cut Pro for iPad. Do not confuse these effects with the similarly named effect in Apple’s new product!

Installation Instructions.

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A good place to see all of my effects as well as several tutorials and other demonstrations in use is on my YouTube channel.