Creating a freeze frame holds your chosen clip in place, stopping any movement in your video like a photograph. There are a number of reasons you’d want to use this technique: to emphasize a jump or high five, or to pause the action in order to add some additional narration.
The good news? It’s super easy to do.
Let’s make it happen.
Step 1: Move your playhead to the frame you want to freeze.
Step 2: Go to Edit > Add Freeze Frame. You can also use the shortcut Option-F.
That’s it! Seriously, you’re done.
One last thing: The default duration for your new, still clip is four seconds, but you can adjust that. On the menu bar click Final Cut Pro > Preferences > Editing. From there, adjust the freeze length using “still image duration” selector.