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  • Globally change text parameters

    Posted by Mark Smith on March 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I have a short video with a dozen or so lower third type graphics. I used a standard text template from the FCPX title generator list . I’d like to globally change the background color for all graphics which I thought I could do by selecting all in the time line index and then mess with the background color in the inspector but that doesn’t seem to work. Is there some I can change all text backgrounds in one easy step rather than messing with them all individually? My goal is to try out a few different color backgrounds quickly and then pick the best one.

    Mark Smith replied 6 years, 11 months ago 5 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Noah Kadner

    March 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    You could try replacing the graphic in the Finder but I’d keep a backup copy in case that goes south.

    Noah

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  • Andreas Kiel

    March 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    It depends on the template and the published parameters.
    In case background color is published you should be able to change it for all subtitles.
    In case not you have to open a copy in Motion and make the parameter available.
    In case that doesn’t work post a bug or feature request.

    – Andreas

    Spherico
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    “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
    become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
    also gaze into thee.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

  • Mark Smith

    March 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    The parameters for the text back grounds are published so I naturally thought I would be able to make a global change but so far it seems I can’t do that. The behaviour of the graphics when making changes to groups of lower thirds in the inspector seems a bit unpredictable at this point . It could be just my ignorance of how things work versus how I think they should work. I’ll give it another shot today.

  • Andreas Kiel

    March 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    What effect do you use?

    – Andreas

    Spherico
    https://www.spherico.com/filmtools

    “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
    become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
    also gaze into thee.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

  • Mark Smith

    March 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I’m using the soft bar preset. What I see happening in the case where I select several lower thirds and want to effect a change in the soft bar background, I can select the as many lower thirds as I want, the inspector will reflect that i am inspecting 3 items, then I make a change in the text background and go back to the time line to check the results and only one lower third of the 3 will reflect the change, with the others remaining unchanged.

  • Mark Smith

    March 16, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I tried using a different lower third generator from the fcpx library with the same result- attempting to make a global background change across all lower thirds with the inspector doesn’t work. it will only change the background on one lower third. This is sort of annoying….

  • Andreas Kiel

    March 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I’ll give it a try over the weekend.

    – Andreas

    Spherico
    https://www.spherico.com/filmtools

    “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
    become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
    also gaze into thee.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

  • Mark Smith

    March 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I appreciate you taking the time to give the situation a look. What I am trying to do “should ” work only it doesn’t so far for me .

  • Mark Smith

    March 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Andreas-

    Did you get a chance to take a look at the problem I am trying to solve?

  • Brian Seegmiller

    March 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I thought you could do that with a compound clip? If that compound clip is other places in the timeline, making changes to one will change all.

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