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  • SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer

    Posted by Tapio Haaja on July 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

    One thing I love in After Effects are adjustment layers and I just realized you can actually use titles as effects in Final Cut Pro X and they behave just like adjustment layers (actually you can go much further in Final Cut Pro X).

    So titles process everything below in Final Cut Pro X even with effects applied to it. So why not just build clean title in Motion 5, put that to top “track” and add effects to it. This way you don’t have to hassle that much with compound clips.

    This technique works with all effects (also color board works on titles) so for example if you want to have certain look for some period of time simply add clean title to top track for that time and add effect to it. I think this technique has tons of potential for people who want to keep their timelines in order and don’t want to create complex compound clip messes.

    If you don’t have Motion 5 you can download Adjustment Layer here. Just extract contents to your Movies/Motion Templates/Titles folder and you’ll find it in Final Cut Pro X Titles under Adjustment Layer.

    Tapio Haaja

    Andy Nickless replied 11 years, 3 months ago 10 Members · 15 Replies
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  • Andy Borowa

    July 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    !!!!!!! brilliant !!!!!


  • Nick Toth

    July 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Very clever!


  • Brendan Gibbons

    July 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    This way of using an empty text fx as a adjustment layer is even more powerful than it first looks.

    Throw more “adjustment layers” into the 1st one and add as audition. So you could store different grades for your edit in there, resizes, letterbox versions……keeping the timeline tidy.




  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Very impressive! Opens up so many possibilities.

    Simon Ubsdell

  • Steve Connor

    July 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Great find, thanks for sharing that

    Steve Connor
    Adrenalin Television

    Have you tried “Search Posts”? Enlightenment may be there.

  • Dave Gage

    July 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I’ve been working with FCP since 4.5, but have never used AE. This sounds really cool based on comments, but I don’t know why. Would you mind dumbing this down a bit for me so I can understand the advantage of using the Adjustment Layers in the workflow. Sorry for being a bit dense on this one.


  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    [Dave Gage] “the advantage of using the Adjustment Layers in the workflow”

    Very simply, it means you can apply filters globally to a range of clips rather than individually to each one. Great, for exmple if you want to apply a crop to the whole of your sequence, but there are many other uses.

    Simon Ubsdell

  • Dave Gage

    July 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm


    Very cool. I’m getting my new 17″ MBP this Friday and once it arrives, I can download and finally start messing with FCP-X. This is a great tip. I hope Kevin or someone can turn it into a quick tutorial tip.


  • Mark Spencer

    July 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    By the way if you *don’t* have Motion 5 installed, you *won’t* have the necessary folder structure for placing that title into. You’ll need to create a “Motion Templates” folder in your “Movies” folder, and inside it, create folders for “Titles”, “Transitions”, “Effects”, and “Generators”.

    And still, this won’t work until you do a get info (command-I) on each folder and add the “.localized” extension.

    THEN it should work.

    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press

  • Tapio Haaja

    July 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks Mark for this very essential information! This was new to me.

    Tapio Haaja

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