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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
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Creating and adjusting titles


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

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.
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  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

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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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.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

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.

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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
 
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