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  • Moving Titles Around

  • ralph bertini

    July 7, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I new to FCP but not editing. Maybe I’m missing it but the titler in FCP seems worse than basic. I created a title page to be placed around an event logo with the usual info date, time etc. First how do you see what you’re doing on the screen when the title tab covers up the viewer and how can you tell screen postion. I’m sure there must be some other setup for the title tool. The “other edit system” allows me to type, move it around, type something else, move it around all over the base video or background. The simple title I created required 2 tracks & titles to execute. That can’t be right. Any help is appreciated.

  • walter biscardi

    July 7, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    You place the title into the timeline and double click it back up into the Viewer. Now as you type and make changes, they will update in the timeline. It’s covered quite well in the tutorial and manual.

    Also, the Boris 3D titler is much better than FCP’s. Though you can’t see what you’re doing on-screen in realtime and it takes longer to get used to how it works.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

  • [creatureteacher] “The simple title I created required 2 tracks & titles to execute. That can’t be right.”

    Ah, but it IS right.

    My FCP titles for a typical “car commercial” may be 8 to 10 layers high.

    Its a far different system than Avid.

    I’ve been editing both systems for years.

    I still like the Avid title system much better,
    but its a small complaint after getting the feel of FCP and “Title 3D” (I don’t EVER use the native FCP title generators.)

  • ralph bertini

    July 7, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks guys, yes I did read the manuals and found that part out about putting on the timeline and typing. Unfortunately, I’m in a trial by fire and can’t do tutorials right now. The having to layer things threw me. At least my instincts we’re correct about the layering. I agree that…Avid’s basic titler is more user friendly. I forgot to ask, can you outline letters? I figured out the drop shadow. I’m going to check out the other options for more sophisticated titling after I complete this project. Thanks again

  • Chris Poisson

    July 7, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Title 3D may tale some getting used to, because of the Boris interface, not very intuitive.

    Take a look at the CHV Text Collection, does outlines and everything and does it inside FCP.

    Have a wonderful day.

  • Nick Toth

    July 7, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    I use the basic titlers a lot for simple titles and can end up with 4-5 layers. I don’t care for the Boris titlers. Once you spend some time with Livetype you should find that it is pretty useful. Too bad it’s not integrated directly into FCP. It would be nice if you could get Boris or Photoshop looks in Livetype and it was integrated into FCP directly.

  • dndobson

    July 7, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    And I am doing all my titling in After Effects. If I need to match it to video, i just output the clips from FCP. Can’t stand the FCP titler. Don’t care for the Boris titler. Don’t really like Live Type much. The Avid Titler was good and the Marquee titler in the the Avid Adrenalyne was really good. But I don’t work on Avids at all anymore. And After Effects has some really nice preset text animations that make LiveType look like a toy.

  • Winston Cely

    July 7, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Not sure if you have Motion, but I like that for more complicated titles. (I use Boris if they’re simple enough). Also, if you have a ton of titles, there’s a great little app that Digital Heaven makes( called AutoMotion. I’m still getting the hang of it, but it makes quick work of multiple titles. 🙂

  • Chris Poisson

    July 10, 2006 at 2:44 pm


    I looked at the Auto Motion tutorial, seems they use Excel for the source text, do you know if it works with other text editors such as Word? If I use Word, I would have to format my text in tables, no?

    Looks incredible for massive titles, do you suppose it would be good for subtitling, or is there a better app for those?

    Have a wonderful day.

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