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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
In this movie, we're going to take a look at animated themes. Themes are motion animations that you can add to your project to give it a sort of extra packaged feel, or sometimes just providing a prepackaged opening sequence or transition between scenes. It's a little hard to understand until you start playing around with it, so let's go ahead and take a look. I am going to go into 9.10, and then I'll open up my Themes browser, and let's open up the Inspector as well.
We have the categories of the Themes along the left, and the Themes right here in the right. And again, you just hover to see what it's going to look like once you put it into the sequence. So, a lot of them are titles, a lot of them are transitions, some of them incorporate the footage right within the transition. In fact, we might just start off with this one to show you a little bit about what this is all about. So same as before, I can either drag and drop, and this is going to be a connected clip here, or just select it and press Q, and you can drag this in and out, ripple edit as you want.
Now some of these are transitions. They're going to go in between clips. It all depends on which one you choose. It does tell you these are Titles and these are Generators, these are Transitions. So, each one of these is going to be quite different, you'll just have to play around to see exactly what happens with it. So let's just take the one we just applied, and I am going to come up to Text, and I'll just type in "Farm to Table". As you can see, this looks exactly like a plain old title, and I'll go ahead and change the size, and the tracking a little bit, and maybe the color, make it a little bit of a darker blue.
So same thing with titles, you just come in and manipulate the parameters as you like. Over here under Title, we have Build In, Build Out, you can include the Build In animation or not. We have other various parameters that we can change. So, very, very similar to a title, I am going to go ahead and play it so you can see how it interacts with the footage underneath. (video playing) Okay, so again just sort of a very packaged feel. If you wanted to swap it out just like with titles, you can come in and find something else you want. See, let me sort of hover and see what each one of these looks like.
Okay, I'll go ahead and choose zoom in here, and you can just drag and drop, and Replace. And the Farm to Table is retained, so anything we put in the text field is still there, and we can come in and manipulate the parameters even more if we want to. And so on and so forth. So if we wanted to explore what a transition would look like, we could choose one of these Video Transitions, and maybe we'll just do this Boomerang one, and we can go right in between these two clips, and I am just going to wait for it to render real quick, and let's check it out.
(video playing) Okay, and if I click on this transition, you can come in, you notice these little bubbles I can choose for this to be the number one image, and this to be the number two image. You can see that it's sort of updating live right there within the viewers as to how that's going to look depending on where you drop this. I am going to go ahead and just drop this right there on the two adjacent clips on either side of the transition. I think that will look fine.
And otherwise, we just have a couple of other parameters that we can change based on its Fade In and Fade Out Types. So, as you can see, there are quite a few theme options that you can play around with. And if this packaged look is what you're after, then you might like to use Themes in your project, as title sequences or as transitions between sections or scenes.
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