Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with credits, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Titles and Effects.
- You're at the end of your independent film and it's time to do a credit roll. Let's explore the scrolling text template and how we can easily manipulate it. - Okay, so I'm in my 1.8 keyword collection and I've double-clicked my project to open it in the timeline. At the end of this interview, I just want to add some credits to the piece. So, I'm just going to keep my play head where it is, but move from the lower third Category in the Titles browser now to the Credits category. And here I have a bunch of different credits that are available to me. I can skim them, like any other piece of text.
And what I like for these purposes, is just this basic scrolling text template. So, I'll select it and rather than double-click it so that it will come in as a connected edit at the Play It position, I'll use the short cut to append it to the primary story line, which is "e". It gets added after the last clip in the timeline. I'm going to move my play head over the middle of the text, or actually, just around where I can select the word "Title" a little bit close to the beginning. So now, I'm going to select my scrolling text which highlights over here and I'm just going to highlight the word "Title" in the text tab and I'm going to switch that word "Title" right now to be "Intention", which is the name of the piece.
In order to see my other text more clearly, I'll just move my play head along, and you can see that I'm able to see the name and the description categories here. Now, I really only need four pieces of text for this. So, one quick thing is I'll double-click in this field and I'll just select all the remaining text pieces by clicking and dragging over them and just hitting delete to remove them. Now I can start to begin with the changes here for just the four names that I want to switch. So, the first field, I'll just select the name, I just clicked and dragged over it. I'm just going to type in the word "Starring" and for a description, I'll enter "Josie Smith".
I'll type in "Written By" and for the description I'll type in the word "Josie Smith". "Directed By", I'll enter my name here, "Nick Harauz". And last, "Produced By" the description just being the name of the company "Clips and Handles" . So, with all of that entered, I'll just hit ESC and right now, I have a 10 second scrolling title.
If I want it to be shorter or longer I could change the duration of the scrolling text in the timeline. I'll just select and hit the / (forward slash) key to play it back or the ? (question mark). We can see that that does indeed take 10 seconds. I'll hit the spacebar to stop play back. And with my scrolling text selected, I'll just make it a bit shorter. So I'm going to hit cntl + d and I can see that the duration is in fact 10 seconds and I'll hit 6. to make it six seconds long instead. And after I hit the return key I have the new length of my title. Besides being able to change that, In the Text pane, you have all the same parameters that you do of other texts, such as basic, as well as stylistic and appearance attributes.
And in the Title pane, you have something unique to scrolling text, which is the ability to reduce the flicker of the text as it goes across the screen. So, knowing that my project is progressive, I'll change this from None to Progressive and add just a little bit of blur as it scrolls up. The tiniest amount. I want to type in actually .05 in this field and hit return to make that adjustment. I'll then select the text and hit the ? (question mark) key again to play it back. And as you can see, that scrolling text takes six seconds, has a little bit less of a flicker, and the slightest amount of blur on it.
And that's how we can switch scrolling text in Final Cut Pro 10.2.
- 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