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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.
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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.
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