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This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.
- Touring the X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Importing and analyzing media
- New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
- Adding audio
- Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
- Adding and adjusting transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Archiving and collaboration
Skill Level Beginner
Working with titles in Final Cut Pro X is pretty much working with titles in Final Cut Pro 7, except they are a lot more robust. All the things you couldn't do in 7 you can now do in X and that's because Final Cut Pro X takes advantage of the Motion engine directly within Final Cut Pro. Go ahead and step into the Titles project. Now what we are going to do is we are going to put a title in Pablo's interview. So you can skim your playhead over to where you see his face. Now if you want to be right at the beginning where he starts talking, you can use the up and down arrows just to make sure you are on the first frame of video where he starts to speak.
Now the titling tool is over to the right on your toolbar and it's simply a matter of pressing the T button here on the toolbar. This reveals the titler and if you look at it you can look at all the titles and there is also titles that Build In, Bumpers/Openers, Credits, Elements and Lower Thirds. Now all of these titles have been created in Motion and as I said before, if you are familiar with Motion, then using the titler in Final Cut Pro X will be a piece of cake. Now there is lot of pre-built titles, so let's go ahead and show you how to put one of the pre-built titles on and then we are going to actually build one title from scratch.
Now if you notice with all of these titles, you can actually preview them by skimming over them. The title that we work with will be simple. Let's go ahead and choose Echo. We have our playhead already positioned where we wanted in our timeline and now we need to connect it to the storyline. The keyboard shortcut for this is simply Q. You will notice on your Timeline that the Echo title has been attached to Pablo's interview and it has a default duration of 4 seconds.
If you click on Echo in the Timeline and press Ctrl+D, you can see the duration of the title. I can go ahead and type a new number in. For instance, let's say I want it to be 6 seconds long and hit Enter. Or I can simply grab the edge and drag it to exactly where I want the title to disappear. Now if I want to modify this title, I'll select it and I'll look at it in the inspector. I can either press the I key or in this case I think I will simply press Command+4.
Now you will notice the Inspector reflects everything you can change with the title. If I want to change name and description to Pablo and EDN student, I can either do that directly in the viewer by clicking on the name and simply typing in Pablo. And now if I want to change the word Description, I need to select that and I can change that either right here in the viewer, and if I want to change description, I can select that and type EDN Student. As you can see in the Inspector, I could have also entered the text there.
Now going over to the Inspector, you see all the different controls that I have to modify this lower third, including size, color, tracking and kerning, all the things you're used to using in Final Cut 7 and before. If we switch over to the tab that says Title, you see I have some options how I want that title to come in or to build in and how I want it to leave or build out. And if we go and we play this by hitting the forward slash key to see how it looks. (Male speaker: ?just because they're more involved.) You see the title actually does come in and go out and if I didn't want it to build in because I just wanted it to pop- in, I can simply uncheck the Build In box.
I can also control color for both Pablo and EDN Student. In this case, may be I want the student to be a little bit yellow. Let's go ahead and play that back. (Male speaker: I started taking classes at EDN just because they're more involved in...) So as you see working with the predefined text template is rather easy, and of course, what will Final Cut Pro X be if you weren't able to do a credit roll, so this is already built-in. Now what if you want to build text from scratch? The trick here is to go to All, scroll down, and choose Custom.
When you attach any kind of custom text to your storyline, you can control all the parameters including size, color, font, and so on. Let's take a quick look at what the custom looks like and then we can move forward. I am going to position my cursor later on in the timeline and I am going to cut this over to the B-roll of Pablo dancing. Once again, make sure Custom is selected and press Q. You will notice we placed the cursor over Custom, select it, and now our inspector updates with all the parameters that we can control for our title.
One thing I want to point out that's great about the titler in Final Cut Pro X. If you click on the Text tool, you will notice that you have a variety of parameters that you can control, including an Outline, a Glow and a Drop Shadow. But additionally, unlike Final Cut 7, I can select a word or even a letter and control its size, color, typeface and position, independent of all the other letters in my title. So I am going over here to the viewer and I am going to select just one of the letters.
We are going to select the E. Now if I go down here about Size and I make it bigger you will notice that E is getting larger and smaller. I can change its typeface to say Impact and I can go ahead and scroll down and if I wanted to, change other parameters. I can give an Outline or a stroke. By default the stroke is red. If I want to change that color, I need to go over here and click Show. As I scroll down, I can control the color of my stroke. Blue is good.
Its Width, maybe give it a little bit of softness, and I will continue down and I will also put a Drop Shadow on the E. Let's go ahead and take a look how that plays back. (Male speaker: Having a teacher, becoming friends, getting to know the person?) Now not that that's not the prettiest title in the world, but let's go ahead and fix that. One thing you will also notice in the titler at the very top, there is the word Normal, but there is a bunch of presets built-in, if I want to quickly give my title a look.
So here we have it as Neon. I will grow it a little bit bigger and go ahead and play it back. (Male speaker: Having a teacher, becoming friends, getting to?) One last thing I want to tell you about titles before we leave this movie. You can find titles in another place other than just in the Titles tool. If you go through to the right, in addition to video transitions, if you scroll to the bottom, you will actually see titles within the theme browser. At this point you may be wondering how do I actually position my title? It's very simple.
You just go up and grab it and move it, but before you do that, remember turn on Show Title/Action Safe, and go ahead and grab it by the little center circle and position it exactly where you want. In the next movie, we are going to cover motion paths and you can use these same techniques that we will be learning on how to fly your title in and refine its position.