A great effect to use when creating graphic elements in Apple Final Cut Pro X is to create text with your video inside of it. How do you use blending modes to create this? In this movie, author Jeff Greenberg uses the Stencil Alpha blending mode to create text elements with footage in Final Cut Pro X.
- One of the favorite techniques people love to see, is text inside of an object. Like a video. Like a logo. We're gonna look at text here and to do this we're going to use that stencil capability. Because it's white text, we can use stencil, alpha or luma, it won't matter. I've already created here a stack. Just so we're familiar with it, I'm just gonna turn off hitting the letter v for view. I'm turning off the text. I'm turning off the foreground video.
I've got a background video, and what I want is putting in the word eagles, I'd like a shot of eagles to actually be inside of that text. To do this I'll choose, up top on the title, to tell it's blind mode to be stencil. And because this is pure white text, whether it's alpha or luma won't matter. And it does a great job of cutting the eagles shot. Oh wait, what's wrong? It's missing the background. Yeah, it's missing the background cuz it's stenciling everything underneath it.
The way to get to this though, the way to fix that is to turn these two into a compound clip. Maybe you're familiar with this in other editorial tools as the concept of nesting. I'd like this to be a separate element of it's own. And to do that I can right-click and say, new compound clip. And I'll call this something descriptive. I'm gonna call this eagles with video. And this will then become replaced on the timeline, by the compound clip. There's the compound clip up here in my browser, eagles with video, and now I happen to have this item available to me.
I'll go hit play, and you can see it playing both inside and on the outside. The only thing I may wanna end up doing here, is I may end up wanting to put a hard edge around that. We, of course, can't give this an easy edge, but what we could do is we could put the text of eagles above it with a hard line, with a hard border, nothing else. So I'm gonna step inside by double-clicking. I'm gonna copy that text. I'm gonna step back here.
I'm gonna just paste it on the clip here, as a connected item. Edit. Paste as connected clip. It's still set though with that transfer mode, so I'll remove the transfer mode. And now I'll take the text and say up here under text, outline, no face, and we'll make that outline edge thicker and darker.
And now we happen to have video inside of text with hard background edges. Giving this, this really gorgeous look. And then you could continue. You could add another compound clip and throw a drop-shadow on it. The ability to make it into a compound clip allows us to glue these elements together. And I just want to give you one caveat, if you're going to use this as a template to put this on other clips, you need to duplicate this element in your browser, so it's completely separate. Because if you change the text, it's gonna change it everywhere.
- 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