Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a movie trailer title in Motion, part 2, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Titles and Effects.
- In the last movie, we created two 3D text layers; one containing our circular shape with the edge, as well as the front of the text, and the other creating the horse symbol. Now they're both contained in a group, and if I rotate the group right now on the y-axis, you can see that it's position values are pretty much so that they look like they're one object. So I'll hit Command Z to undo that. It's now time to add some text into our project, so what I want to do is select the actual horse layer, and I want to hit Command D to duplicate it.
Now one of the great things about Motion is that we can duplicate any layers, and since already have sort of a style set up for the logo and we want our text to have a similar style, we can work from the duplicate copy. So just to know that I'm working on the text by itself, on the text by itself, I'll turn off both the horse and the circle layer temporarily. And I'll double-click here to enter text entry mode with the above duplicated layer. Now I'm just going to type in the words, "the horseman," and I'll hit Escape to exit text entry mode.
In the format pane of the text tab of the inspector, I'll bring down it's size quite a bit so it just decreases size on the screen and then I'll turn back on the shapes behind it in order to have it aligned appropriately with the logo. So there's our horseman text and you can see that it's getting lost in the logo itself so I want to change it's colors just a little bit. So with the text layer selected, I'm going to go to the appearance pane in the inspector, and under all the layers that make up this material, I'm going to add another later called emit.
And the emit layer first default is a white color, but I'll click on this square to change it to a yellow and make sure that it's a little bit of a darker yellow. And you can see the darker yellow being emitted on the text layer. I'll also change it's intensity to be a lot lower, probably something like 50%. Now to increase this text a little bit more, first of all, I'll hide the emit values, and I'm going to go up into the area where we see the front edge again.
Right now the front edge value is set to a round, I basically want to change this to a ridge like we have with the circular shape. And with the ridge, I'll increase the front edge here to be a value of around 10. Now to differentiate here, I'm going to change the materials right now from single to multiple. And I'm going to select the front edge, and link the side and back edge to that. And with that, I'll select the emit layer that we just added, but I'm going to remove it from the edge so that the edge doesn't contain the emit layer, it's just the front and back.
Pretty cool, the starting, the working of our text. Now we could adjust this further, I'm going to go back to select the front material here, and in the emit layer, I might choose to bring up the intensity just a little bit more, because we lost some of the intensity value when we played around with the edge style. And you can take further steps to adjust your text here. Now another thing is, that all of these 3D text layers have an environment that is being shined on it, and that environment is a field. If I select all 3D text layers at once, in the appearance pane of the inspector, under the lighting category you'll see that environment.
And if I hit the disclosure triangle, we'll see currently the type is set to field. Rather than have it as field, let's change it so that a colorful environment is shining on all of our text. We can see that there is quite a large change in terms of the colors here, but it's definitely something more suitable to this fictitious "Horseman" movie. And I'll just bring down the intensity of the colorful environment to about 80%. So, with this environment change we're further going to manipulate the environment of our text by adjusting the lighting style and working with lighting directly in motion and creating some animation along with that.
So I'll see you in the next movie where we begin to change some of the lighting and the way that the lights are being shined on the environment of our text.
- Working with 2D and 3D titles
- Working and saving 3D styles
- Distorting and cropping clips
- Working with stills and the Ken Burns effect
- Changing clip speed
- Adding and animating effects
- Saving effect presets
- Creating titles and effects in Apple Motion
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added 4 movies to cover changes in the transitions and other effects in the most recent version of Final Cut Pro X.