Reposition the anchor point for clips to achieve more sophisticated animation results.

What you learned: Use the Motion effect controls to change the clip anchor point

The anchor point is adjusted using the Motion effect controls. Change the relative position of a clip anchor point to reposition the clip in the frame.

Use the anchor point to set the position of an on-screen image

  • When adjusting Position controls, you’re actually changing the location of the clip anchor point, which, in turn, adjusts the position of the clip.

An anchor point’s location is based on the clip dimensions

  • While the Position controls are relative to the size of the sequence frame, the location of the anchor point is relative to the size of the clip, which may be different.

Rotate clips around the anchor point

  • Clip rotation occurs around the anchor point. Change the relative position of the anchor point to achieve more advanced rotation effects.

Animating the anchor point

  • Like any other Motion control, you can animate the position of the anchor point relative to the clip to achieve advanced motion and rotation effects.

Snap the anchor point to a clip’s corner or side

  1. Select the Motion effect in the Effect Controls panel to display direct manipulation controls in the Program Monitor.
  2. Drag the anchor point to a new position.
  3. Hold Ctrl (Windows) or Command (macOS) to snap the anchor point to one of the clip’s corners or the midpoint of a side.

Tip: Set the anchor point before changing or animating clip position controls to be sure you’re positioning clips where you want them.


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Original Media: “The Ancestor Simulation,” directed by Maxim Jago

Presenter: Maxim Jago

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