New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Creating and adjusting titles

From: Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

Video: Creating and adjusting titles

Adding titles to your program is how you communicate all sorts of information in text form whether it'd be a lower- third title to identify who is speaking, slates to show program information, title credits to identify the cast and crew, or even title graphics to creatively communicate different types of data. Because there are so many different types of titles, we won't have the opportunity to explore each one, but we're going to dive in to creating a lower-third title for our Farm to Table project. I'm going to go into 9.8, and we're going to create a title for BD.

Creating and adjusting titles

Adding titles to your program is how you communicate all sorts of information in text form whether it'd be a lower- third title to identify who is speaking, slates to show program information, title credits to identify the cast and crew, or even title graphics to creatively communicate different types of data. Because there are so many different types of titles, we won't have the opportunity to explore each one, but we're going to dive in to creating a lower-third title for our Farm to Table project. I'm going to go into 9.8, and we're going to create a title for BD.

So let's just park where we want the title to go, so right at the beginning of his sound bite, and then we're going to click on this T button, and then we're going to open up the Inspector, so click here or press Cmd+4.Now just as before, we have all of the categories of titles along the left and then all of the titles within the categories along the right, for Lower Thirds, you can see all of the different options. If I just hover over these from left to right, you can get a sense of how these are going to look. Most of these are pretty plug and chug, everything is done for you except for what the actual text says.

However, you can create total custom titles too. So, I thought we'd try that. That way, you can get a sense of what's possible when starting from scratch. Custom Title, I am just going to go up to All, and Custom. And you can either drag and drop, and when I do that, you can see that this becomes a connected clip. So another thing you can do is actually just select the title, press Q, and it's in there. When I click on there it's as simple as it can get. It just says Title right here in the middle. So, I'm first going to go to the Text tab, and put-in my actual text, and I think that's going to be BD Dautch Organic Farmer.

And let's go ahead and reposition this to the lower-left for a lower-third. Now you can see here that I do have Title Safe and Action Safe lines here. If you want to put those on, that's available via this menu here, Show Title/Action Safe Zones. So, I recommend that you work with that when you are working with titles. Also, to zoom in on this area, let's go ahead and just go to 100%. Now we can see it a little bit better. So, if you have worked with other graphics creation programs, pretty much everything is going to be the same, but let's go ahead and go through these in a basic way.

First, I am going to change the Alignment so that everything is aligned to the left, and we'll move that back over. And you can change the Size by just sliding this slider right here. You can also change per line or even per letter. So, if I wanted BD Dautch to be a little bit bigger, I can just select it and make it larger. Also, when I am dealing with these two lines, I can either select the lines here in the Viewer window, or I can come up here, and select it right here. You can see in the Viewer that it mimics it exactly.

Let's go ahead and change the font. I am just going to select both of these and then come down to Font. And what's nice about this is that it actually updates there in the viewer so that you can see exactly how each of these is going to look. So I think I am going to come down to Tahoma, and we'll choose that. The rest of this is fairly self-explanatory. We have Line Spacing as well as Tracking. Tracking is the spacing between letters. Maybe I want the Tracking for my upper title to be a little further apart, maybe like that.

Let's go ahead and go down to Face. Face is the actual face of these letters. I can make them different colors. Let's go ahead and make sure that everything is selected actually, so we'll go up and select both lines, and bring everything to a similar color. You can also change the Opacity, and also add some Blur. Let's go ahead and hide that. An Outline will basically give it a little bit of punch from the background, so I will go ahead and enable that.

By default it's this red color. Normally, you don't want that. So, I'm going to just change it to Black, and also increase the Width just a little bit to make it pop a little bit. And there is also Glow. It's going to go ahead and produce a glow around the letters as you can see, in various colors, whatever you like. I am going to go ahead and disable that and come down to Drop Shadow. Usually, a drop shadow is a nice thing to add to help separate the title from the background, so let's make sure that we have a nice black shadow, and I like it a little bit crisper, so I am going to up the Opacity.

You can see here, when I increase the Distance, you can see the shadow a little bit better. Let's go ahead and increase it just a little bit there. The Angle of course is going to determine where that shadow is going to fall. So, a fairly simple title! If I want to save this out for use for later, I can come up to here, and just Save All Basic & Style Attributes and maybe I just want to call this Farm to Table Template and Save. So now that's available to me, " Farm to Table Template", right there.

You can also use any of these other templates if you like. So I will just pick something very different, like so. And as you can see it takes on those characteristics. Let's go back to Farm to Table. Things are looking okay. Again it's fairly basic. If I wanted to add some pizzazz to this title, I could come over to the Title tab. And as you can see, we have a lot of in, in, in, in and a lot of out, out, out, out. This is basically going to animate properties coming into the title, and also going out of the title.

So if we wanted the title to grow over time or track in over time or blur over time, we can mess with these properties, keyframe them, and things would animate. So, I am not going to go into that, but it is possible to really dig in and animate your titles however you want. So I could do all the work in building this title from scratch, or, hey! I could use any of the templates that come with the program. So, I am going to go down to Lower Thirds again, and I was taking a look at one of these -- this one right here.

I was thinking that this one might look kind of nice for this program. I think it would be good for Farm to Table, it's a nice little sun. So, I actually don't have to recreate it, you can swap titles out pretty easily. I am just going to drag and drop right on top of here and perform a Replace edit. And as you can see it took the text from my previous title and applied it right here. So as you can see it's really easy to swap them out. So again, I can come over to the Inspector, and it has some preset Build In, Build Outs as well as some other properties.

Then we can come over to Text, and we have all of these properties as well. Again, nothing too out of the ordinary, everything you would expect for a titling program. So, as you can see, designing titles is pretty straightforward, whether you build one from scratch or whether you take advantage of the dozens of built-in templates available within Final Cut X's title browser.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

78 video lessons · 36807 viewers

Ashley Kennedy
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.