Have you ever had a graphic that looked handwritten that you wanted to have write across screen in Apple Final Cut Pro X? With Apple Motion, you can. In this movie, author Jeff Greenberg walks you through how to use Motion to create a handwritten text element and how to use blending modes to make it stand out in your video.
- Using a blend mode to overlay something like handwriting is gorgeous but the thing that I always get asked is how do you actually make something write itself on screen. And I can't do it in Final Cut by itself. But for 50 dollars, Apple makes this great piece of software called Motion. So we're gonna see here both how to have it play back as a generator, then we're gonna walk over to Motion. And this is perfect if you've never used Motion. This is maybe four steps in Motion to get this to work inside of Final Cut.
So it's not just me building it once, it's me building it forever to work with Final Cut 10. Here on my timeline, I've already got this prepared. I'm gonna go ahead here and play this back. And you can see it's writing on my text and because we've been talking about blend mode, I'm just gonna come up and it set it to overlay. And now I have that beautiful overlay script going on. I'm just gonna back that up and play that back again. And you can see we've got it writing itself on screen and that's pretty cool. How did I do this? Well, I have this as a generator in Final Cut 10. And you can see there is the generator right there.
It's under a custom category here I have called Blends because I built it for this class. I can right-click on this and open a copy of this in Motion. Here comes Motion. Here this is and what you're gonna see if I just play it back, I hit the space bar, on my timeline in Motion, I've got the letter C separated from the O-O-L. And we happen to have on here what's known as a behavior called Write On and any changes I make here, when I hit save, they get updated here in this physical item, this generator to be reused.
And let's see how we can build something like this in Motion. So I'm gonna close this and in Motion, I'm just gonna say New. And in this case, I'm going to choose a new Final Cut generator. If you haven't explored Motion, Motion is really this magic plug-in, if you will, for Final Cut 10 to become the ultimate effect tool. With that selected, I'm gonna choose Open. And even if you've never used Motion before, you can recognize there's a timeline down here at the bottom and there are layers over here.
I'm just gonna grab the paint stroke tool. It's p for the paint stroke tool. And I'm just gonna draw a nice stroke here. I'll just draw a couple circles like that. There we go. That's my signature. Please don't sign your checks with it. And I need what's called a Write On behavior under my Library there's the word Behaviors. Behaviors, if you will, are animations that are geared. In fact, they look like a little gear. And I happen to have one for shapes called Write On. And when I select it you can see up top it's showing you Write On.
Draw or erases the outline of a shape over time. Well that's exactly what I want and I'm gonna hit apply. And you see it's applied here in the bottom. It's Write On. And if I hit space bar play, click, space bar, play. It's writing it on awful slow, isn't it? I'm gonna hit space bar stop. I could pull it's edge back. But I could also put my play head where I'd like it to end about one second in and hit the letter O for out point. And I've just finished that animation. When I pull this back, I hit space bar play, and it plays back.
I would like the paint stroke to be a little bit thicker. With it selected, just like I went to the library, I'm gonna go to the Inspector. The Inspector works the way the Inspector works in Final Cut 10. There's the word Outline. There's the word Width, and I'm just gonna make the word width a little bit larger. I could change the color if I want. I don't need to. I'm happy with that the way it is. So I built this. Last step is to come up here and say Save. Now because we've told this to be a generator in Final Cut 10, when I hit save, it gives me the choice to do that.
I'm gonna put that in my Blend category. If you have nothing here, you'll need to create a category. I'm gonna call this Signature. And I'm done. Publish. About a second later when we switch back to Final Cut Pro with Command+Tab or by clicking on Final Cut, we now have our signature here for us. I'm gonna use the hand tool. H for hand. Moving down my timeline, I'm gonna put that right over my clip. This is just a really cool way to put footage on top of each other. Yes< I could drag and drop this out and shorten it back, but in this case, I'm gonna select the one on the timeline.
I need my arrow. A for arrow. Select my timeline, hit the letter x. It marked an in and out on that clip. And now if I hit the letter Q for connected clip, it appears perfectly on top of my item. Perfectly on top for the perfect distance and then, just to finish that out, I'll now come up to my blending mode and tell it to be overlay. And that's how you can use Motion to build scripted and handwriting work with Final Cut 10. And of course there are wonderful, wonderful titles here in the online library to see about how to become a real genius and guru with Apple's Motion, a great companion tool to Final Cut 10.
- How do blending modes work?
- Getting best performance from FCP X
- Overlay text
- Knocking out white
- Revealing elements
- Correcting color
- Creating day for night
- Using luma key for partial selections
- Creating alpha effects
- Using third-party flickers and grunge