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Jenn Lindsay
can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 10:11:15 pm

Hi everyone!
I sent my rough cut off, and the funder says he doesn't want the lower thirds to slide in. He wants them to be on screen fully when the clip begins. But I think the fcpx/notion lower third templates are geared to engage their programmed behavior no matter where I blade the template. Is there a way to capture a frame of the lower third when it has fully appeared and centered, and extend it to last the full clip length without any behaviors? I'm hoping I don't have to engineer them all separately in Motion.

Thanks!!
Jenn

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Michael W. Towe
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:54:41 pm

Depending on the title template you are using you may be able to turn off the build. Drop the title into the timeline and then look at it in the inspector. Under the "Title" tab if you have the options of "Build on" and "Build off" just uncheck those. That will stop the animation from happening.

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Bret Williams
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 8, 2015 at 1:06:58 am

And if you can't, you can certainly sandwich it in between two duplicate video layers, and instead of fading in the graphic, simply fade out the top video layer. (past the build in point obviously).


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:54:46 am

Or, the partly less, partly more messy version: drag it out well beyond the actual length needed, make a compound of it (⌥G) and truncate as needed. Only then you'll need a new compound for each version.

But the vast majority of FCP titles have a checkbox for disabling the builds as described above. The exceptions are few and far between, so you most likely won't need more than that anyway.

- RK

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Bret Williams
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 9, 2015 at 5:38:28 pm

I've done that for various fx or templates that have a build or a spot in the template that I don't like or goes too slow/fast. Compound it and then you can slice and dice. AND you can apply speed ramps or freezes. There's a bullet point plug-in that is super useful for creating what would be a motion project or 10 layers instead of a single one. I compound it so that I can insert holds so the bullets actually time with the text.


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Jenn Lindsay
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 10:18:25 pm

Hi everyone! Thank you for your help!
I am using Title: Lower Thirds: Documentary: Left.
This template does not seem to have an option to turn the build on and off. The biggest problem is that it only hits full brightness for about one frame before the build-down begins.
I am a complete neophyte in the ways of compound clips. I tried it and then I got a little scared because the whole timeline disappeared. Can anyone give me real slow dumb-dumb instructions here?

Here is a screen capture of the lower third at the freeze point I wish it was always in:


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 9:32:42 am

[Jenn Lindsay] "I tried it and then I got a little scared because the whole timeline disappeared."

Then you probably selected EVERYTHING before compounding, which you of course shouldn't do. You would want to—as I described before—drag out the title to an inordinate length and then right-click on ONLY the title and choose "New Compound Clip" or simply select it and hit ⌥G. That you could then truncate to just the parts you want to see.

BUT... you in fact have chosen the least suitable title for that, yes. Meaning the whole compound thing wouldn't in fact be of any use with this one. The only thing you could in fact do is create A STILL of the frame you wanted from the compound and... never mind... that would be nonsense. No idea what the person who built it was thinking, but yeah, it's only on screen for like a frame before disappearing. Pretty useless. It's actually built very strangely and highly convoluted in general. Took me a lot more digging than I had thought to figure out what had been done, where and how... a mess.

To cut to the chase and get the job done without all the hick-hacking, I've simply made you a version with a build-in and out option (the way it should have been) that you can download here: http://bit.ly/1xjM8gV

Simply expand the folder and put it, as is, in the "Titles" folder that is in the "Motions Templates" folder in your "Movies" folder.

And maybe take a look here when you have some time off: http://bit.ly/1fuy8ul ;-)

- RK

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Jenn Lindsay
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 12:41:28 pm

Oh my gosh! Are you seriously this nice and generous?! Thank you so much!! It works perfectly!
Now I don't have to deal with the funder complaining, "It looks like a raccoon scampering on and off the screen...."

I really appreciate it! :)

http://www.JennLindsay.com
iMac 27-inch, 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7. 4GB GPU.
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Robin S. Kurz
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 1:07:36 pm

To be honest, I expected it to be far easier to "convert" than it actually was, which can be attributed to the bizarre and impractical decisions made in the original. It should have taken less than a minute, but it took at least ten. Or at least it felt that way. Lucky for you, after about 4-5 mins. I was so confused with the damn thing, that I just HAD to know what was going on and had to fix it! ;-)

Glad it helped.

- RK

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Jenn Lindsay
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
on Jan 13, 2015 at 1:08:57 pm

Lol. Very happy to be subject to the results of your consuming curiosity :)

http://www.JennLindsay.com
iMac 27-inch, 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7. 4GB GPU.
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