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  • Can I import a PNG file as a title safe overlay?

    Posted by Noam Osband on March 23, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    I’m working with a broadcaster who has specific requirements for subtitle placement, and they sent me a graphic of their title safe zones. Can I import this into FCP and use this rather than the default option for the title safe overlay?

    Brie Clayton replied 11 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 23, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Yes. In the Viewer, find the “View” dropdown menu, and choose Choose Custom overlay > Add Custom Overlay …

  • Ben Balser

    March 23, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    You can and it’s easy enough as Jeremy says, with a caveat. You said PNG, so you should be safe. The issue could arise that their graphic doesn’t have an alpha channel (if I had a nickel for every time I got one like that…). If not, it will cover your Timeline and you won’t be able to use it. Either way, I bet you anything it matches what’s built-in to FCPX, because it’s an industry standard. I’ve never seen a situation where a TV station needed some odd “custom” zone settings.

    When I ran TV broadcast, we sent a graphic out because we never knew the level or software of who we were contracting with. I’d ask what NLE they used, and had them explain action and title safe to me on the phone. If they knew, I was fine. If they didn’t or stumbled, we sent out a file with alpha channel, explained how to use it, and what it was for.

    But you should be fine, it seems.

  • Don Connors

    March 23, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    I haven’t done this for a while, but I believe I had the best luck opening the png in Photoshop, then exporting it FOR WEB (Legacy) – that preserved the png transparency (as I remember…)

    Good luck!

  • Noam Osband

    March 24, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for the help here guys. You solved it for me!

  • Brie Clayton

    March 24, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks to Jeremy Garchow, Ben Balser, and Don Connors!

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