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Bill Rabkin
Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35:06 am

I'm an FCP X "newbie" who has used FCP since version 5. I produce a series for my town's Public Access station. While some parts of the title and credit roll are the same in every episode, other parts are different. For example, the host is the same in each episode, but his guest is different. Also, since all of us who work on this show are volunteers, some crew members differ from one episode to the next.

In FCP 7, when I edited a new episode I simply copied the title clip and credit scroll from the previous episode and pasted them into the new episode's timeline. I then changed the guest's name in the title and the crew members' names and positions in the credit roll. After the first episode, I never had to re-type the entire credit roll.

How do I do this in FCP X -- copy the title clip and credit roll from one project to another, and modify the copy without altering the earlier project?

Thanks,
FastBill


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 3:53:52 am

Bill,

This is the perfect chance to utilize the integration between Motion and FCPX. There is a "Scrolling" preset under "Titles > Credits" in FCP. Right-click on the preset and "open copy in Motion" (you must have Motion 5). Edit the preset to taste in Motion and save under a new name. Your new scrolling title preset will show up in FCPX to be used whenever you like!

Jason Jenkins
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Paul Figgiani
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 6:14:20 am

There's no need to flip back and forth between FCPX and Motion to handle this. Learn how to create Compound Clips and take advantage of the new Reference New Parent Clip command located in the FCPX Clip Menu.

Watch this tutorial by Ripple Training.

-paul.


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Bill Davis
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 6:54:47 am

Two good solutions above.

In point of fact, there are many ways to do this. The best will depend on your particular needs.

Essentially, you create a "title look" using any of a variety of tools in X. You can design in Motion if you spent the additional $49 to add that to the package. If you don't have Motion, you can still use a Motion preset in the X titler (all the titles built into X are essentially Motion templates.)

You can also set up a Photoshop background and just add the text in X as an overlay - which is easy to edit for each new project.

Whichever way you go about things, you can store your title in the Event Browser OR in the Effects portion of the Inspector (if you take the Motion route), drop it in your X storyline - and just reset the type with the new name. (Motion effects and Titles are made with editable fields so changing/revising content is a snap.

The flexibility makes it a bit complex to learn since in the typical Apple fashion, there's more than one way to get to the same place. But once you've got your title approach properly set up - you'll wonder why all NLE programs don't come with places where you can do the design work once - and then customize each use in a snap.

That's pretty much a core philosophy of how X works.

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 6:56:08 am

[Paul Figgiani] "no need to flip back and forth between FCPX and Motion to handle this"

Maybe I wasn't clear. You only use Motion once to set up the template, then just edit the template as needed right in FCPX. Doesn't get any faster or easier than that!

Jason Jenkins
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Bill Davis
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:43:54 pm

Just to help wrap peoples thinking around the Motion/FCP-X deal...

As mentioned, the titler in X is a subset of the Motion code. In X there's a Title area that has a quasi pipeline to the main Motion program if you also have that installed. If you control click on any of the X titles, it launches that file in Motion where you can revise and edit it. When you're working in Motion, on either one of these existing titles OR a custom creation, you can set up parameters like text fields, background colors, text colors, etc as PUBLISHED parameters, meaning that when you export the final file, those become new Motion Templates within the internal X library - and any parameters you've allowed the X editor to access and change are available.

So setting up a title design, where the editor is expected to re-key new info all the time (llower thirds is a prime example) is really simple.

It's not perfect "round tripping" in the classic sense, but it has many of the basic functions of that type of workflow.

As I mentioned, it's also very easy in X to, for example, design a title background or lower third in an external graphics or motion graphics program, import that to the Event Browser. Then plop it on your storyline in a secondary as a connected clip with a simple text block over transparency attached. You can easily keyframe motion or other attributes to the text block or the underlying graphic. Two paths out of many to the same thing - title you could use over and over easily customizing the text content to your hearts content.

Lots of ways to get there in X.

Hope that helps make things clearer.

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Charlie Austin
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 6:57:14 pm

[Bill Rabkin] "How do I do this in FCP X -- copy the title clip and credit roll from one project to another, and modify the copy without altering the earlier project?"

All the above techniques will work. Or... you can just "copy the title clip and credit roll from one project to another, and modify the copy" :-) As long as it's not a previously used compound clip that's being copied it works just like the old FCP did. If it is a compound clip, as stated above, just use the reference new parent clip menu command before you modify it. But really you can still just do what you've always done... :-)

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Andreas Kiel
Re: Reuse titles and credits, with modifications each time
on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:33:22 pm

one thing you also should be aware is that all text entries behave like rtf files. so for example for roll or scroll you can create a file in textedit with all the formating you need, copy it and paste it into a template text entry.
this way you have external templates.

-andreas

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