Working with titles in Final Cut Pro X in an essential part of every workflow. Learn three tricks from Nick and Jeff to make your life easier when working with titles.
- [Nick] Hi welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. I'm Nick. - [Jeff] And I'm Jeff. - [Nick] And today we're here to talk about tricks for managing titles inside of Final Cut Pro X. Some of the key concepts include, - [Jeff] We're going to save format and appearance attributes, making it easy for you to repeat your titles, especially for clients. - [Nick] We're going to do one of my favorite things, which is to use the Mac OS color picker for brand consistency. And what I mean by that is whenever you're supplied with a client logo and you need an RGB color, or a CMYK color you can easily use the Mac OS color picker for saving this, and then using it cross platform.
- [Jeff] There are super cool keyboard commands for the default title and the default lower third. We're going to show you how to use it with different titles. - [Nick] And last but not least, we're going to look at duplicating titles in the timeline through a nifty little trick, and a handy little shortcut modifier key. - [Jeff] That's an optional way to do something. It totally is. - [Nick] It is. I feel like you were future telling something there Jeff. - [Jeff] Future telling. (laughs) Let's get started. - [Nick] So I'm here inside a Final Cut Pro X. I have a project open in my timeline, which is called tricks to title management. And first off I would like to add a title to the timeline.
So I'm going to go over here. And right here you can see I can find my titles and generator sidebar. Once I do I go here to my titles. And I always recommend to twirl down some of the title categories. 'Cuz we can do a search here for things such as lower thirds. If you're here at the top, I'll just scroll to the top. You can see all of the titles or title templates available inside a Final Cut Pro X. Now I would like to add this basic title, which I'm skimming over to the timeline. You can see a preview of it in the viewer. So I'll select that.
I'm going to do a nifty little trick here. I want to select the first clip in my timeline, and I'm going to press the x key. And with a handy little shortcut, I'm going to connect that title, and something pretty special's going to happen. - [Jeff] Basically what Nick's about to do is instead of dragging this down, he's going to hit this control for a title. And it's going to come down as a three-point edit. It's going to come down perfectly for the duration. Because the title is selected. Because he's marked it in it now with the x key, x to mark the spot.
He can say I'd like to add a connected clip. And the key for that is the letter q. It looks like a little curly. - [Nick] I just press q. You can see there that my basic title is in the timeline. And it's matching the length of the clip underneath. - [Jeff] And just so you can see quickly. You just go to any clip, hit the letter x, with the title selected letter q. Boom it's perfectly on that spot. I'm going to go ahead here and delete this one. - [Nick] So I want to go back to my first title. I'm just going to press the home key on my extended keyboard. So you just get back there.
I'm going to select that title. With it selected I'm going to head over to the inspector. Now in order to have a better view of my inspector and my viewer, I really want to close my timeline. Now what this is going to allow me to do is to focus on the graphic design elements here. Right inside of the project. - [Jeff] It's almost like we were using Photoshop, where titling is the main thing we're trying to do. - [Nick] Exactly. So first of all just notice here that there are a couple different things we can do with this basic title. There's a title inspector, that sometimes contains publish parameters.
Not in the case of this basic title. And then we also have another area here, a list view where we have access to some of the text attributes. And they're divided into two sections. One is format attributes. Which really exists from basic to this all capsize here. And things that make up the appearance of the text. So that's like the color, the outline, the glow in the drop shadow. Are located at the bottom. So I want to make a couple changes here to this title. First of all I'm going to type in the words way too late.
And because this is going to be the main title, I really need to scale up this in size. So I'm just going to take this little scroll, bring this up quite a bit in size. And Jeff what do you think about that Helvetica font? - [Jeff] Yeah not a fan of anything that's the default. My general rule is if it's Helvetica it's like when it was Times. You got to get off those. People see them. They recognize them. I would tell you to pick any other font. Just not the defaults. - [Nick] So I'm just going to go up here. And I'm just going to head all they way up here to one of Jeff's favorite fonts I believe is Gill Sans, and the client's as well.
Which is more important. So I'm going to go over here to Gill Sans. And I'm going to change that from a regular to a bold. Because it is in fact my main title for this existing project. So those are the format attributes that I switched. I'm going to head down here, and just add one appearance attribute. Which happens to be drop shadow. So I'm going to click this button, and I'm going to now show those attributes. Let me just scroll down. So what are a few of the things that can change in here Jeff? - [Jeff] I love changing the blur of a drop shadow.
I love playing with it's opacity. On rare occasions will I play with color? I'd be more likely to play with distance and blur than almost anything else. - [Nick] Yes I like to play with distance. Just to be able to see my drop shadow sometimes. At least as a way of a starting place. And then I like to get my opacity and my blur to the way that I like it to be. - [Jeff] Because this has got a dark background that black, it makes the text more readable. Regardless if it's on a light or a dark background. When I'm not using something like the drop shadow, I almost always put an outline that's the opposite brightness of my text.
So no matter what's behind it, it's super readable. - [Nick] Great. So we can make some of these adjustments here to the appearance. And then once this is done, this is the magic part about this. I want to be able to save these attributes and use them for later use. And where we save that is at the top of this window. So here where it says normal, I'm going to go down. And notice that we can save both format attributes or appearance attributes. Or both format and appearance attributes together. - [Jeff] What the difference of those? - [Nick] So the format attributes are your font, your size, your alignment.
All the way down to that cap size. And then the appearance attributes is everything from your face to your drop shadow. I'm going to choose to save that. I'll type in here just to note way too late music video. And once this is saved, the best part about this is when I add a title again, I can go to this list and see that that is indeed saved there to my format and appearance attributes. - [Jeff] I do these all the time for clients. I save it with the client's name. And sometimes even the date, the generalized month and date.
So I know exactly when I'm trying to target for a client this sort of design. It's preset ready to go for them. - [Nick] And even better this is actually shared between final cut and motion. So if you do any type of title adjustments inside of motion, this is going to be accessible for you there too. Now let's just come around here and play with the face color of our text. So I'm going to go down here to show those attributes. I'm going to pose this question where a client has given me a RGB color to have for my text.
And it's based on their branding logo. So I'll come down here and click the square. - [Jeff] Their color's going to be green right? - [Nick] Color's going to be green of course. - [Jeff] My last name's Greenberg. Green is always the right answer. - [Nick] So they've supplied me with an RGB color Jeff. So I'm going to go over here to these sliders. And the first thing it says is the gray scale slider, which isn't very useful in this scenario. But take a look at this. Not only do I have the option for RGB sliders, but I also have the option for CMYK sliders.
- [Jeff] CMYK is used in print. That's cyan, magenta, yellow, black. Versus RGB which is screen. Any client who does anything for print, will have or you know if it's a physical object in the world. They'll have a CMYK color for their brand, for their work. And this is what we're drawing from. - [Nick] Exactly. And so what I'm going to do, is I'm going to bring down the red value here. I'm also going to bring down the blue value. You can start to see that a green color comes. But we're going to pretend like these are the RGB numbers that my client has supplied us with.
Now here's the best part. I'm going to use this over, and over, and over again. The color also shows up here. So why not save it to my favorite place in this color picker. Which happens to be this swatch bar. Now this color is going to be accessible any single time you go to the Mac OS color picker. And does it just exist in Final Cut Pro X Jeff? - [Jeff] It exists not only in motion, but it exists in text edit. I don't know if you call it that. Nick said everywhere that uses uses the Mac OS color picker, so in software that does pages, keynote, you're able to access this.
And those colors will be there. Now here's the real magic trick with it. - [Nick] So you know you only have a certain amount of swatches that appears. But if I go over the lower part of this window, a hand appears where I can click and drag. And have what? A lot more swatches available. So you can fill this up with all different types of client branding colors that you can use inside of your projects. - [Jeff] And remember if you were to go up and choose that menu and start to save stuff.
It'll memorize that color. Just like it would memorize anything else. - [Nick] And this would be saved into those appearance attributes, awesome. So I'm just going to close out this Mac OS color picker. And let's go right back into the timeline. So I'll reveal that here by clicking on this little button. So we see here in the timeline. What I'd like to do right now, is actually add the basic title without dragging and dropping it to the timeline, or necessarily connecting it. And what you should know about this title in particular is that it's the default title.
So if I move to the basic title right here, you can bring it into the timeline wherever your playhead is by pressing control t. You'll see there that the basic title was indeed added to the timeline. Just to show you a better view. I'm going to press shift z to fit everything. So you can see here that where my playhead is, if I pressed control t that my basic title is going to go to that particular area. So what happens if I want to use another title as the default? Here's where it gets really powerful.
I'm going to undo that last action, by pressing command z. And if I scroll down here in this category, I can see here that there's quite a few different titles. Let's just say here that this title subtitle is something that I use quite a bit within my projects. I'm going to control click it. And I'm going to now make this a default title. Once I do what's going to happen at the playhead position when I press control t? You can see there that the drifting title indeed gets added at that position.
And you can see there that that's now the default. - [Jeff] And now we can go up if we wanted to on this title, and apply one of those pre-saved items, like our way too late. Going to change the fonts for us. Matching what our client wanted. - [Nick] And that's great. That was both the format and those appearance attributes being added on to the text with just the click of a button. - [Jeff] All at once. - [Nick] Now that I built that, let's say I want to copy that to another area of the timeline. I find myself constantly doing this in projects where I lose lower thirds. I've designed a title.
I want those appearance and format attributes. And then just want to change the name of the person, as well as the lower third. What I'm going to do is just going to take this title right now, and I'm going to option click it. I'm just going to drag it. And you might now want to just release your mouse free flowingly. So just to show you right now, I'm just going to release my mouse and that title is added. What you need to know is that when you are making a copy, is to continually hold down that option key until the very end. That's the last key that you want to release.
- [Jeff] If you didn't hold down the option key the entire time, if you tried to let go of both simultaneously, it might just move the first title you were duplicating. You were dragging. So the general rule is hold down that option key. Move it, let go of the mouse. Then let go of any modifier keys. - [Nick] So there's some great tricks to title management inside a Final Cut Pro X. I'm Nick. - [Jeff] I'm Jeff. - [Nick] Thanks for watching.
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