I'm using FCP 7.0 text editor. I want to scale up text (from smaller to larger) during a transition. I can apply key frames on the Scale control for one text effect. Unfortunately the key frames settings apply globally to all my other text events, even if I have them on different video tracks. It appears FCP doesn't allow discreet key frames settings per track. I suspect I need to create each text treatment, export as a video clip and then drop into my time line? Or should I take the time to learn Motion?
What you're describing is not at all consistent with the usual behaviour of FCP when keyframing motion properties where normal operation allows only for setting keyframes on a clip by clip basis ... there's actually no basic facility for changing keyframe properties on a track by track or global basis at all.
I'm guessing you may have some project or preferences corruption that's causing this inconsistency, so as a first step you might try trashing your FCP preferences (or restoring a previously saved set). A good and free tool for this is Preference Manager from Digital Rebellion.
Thanks for the advice. I've never had much luck with the text editor so I found a workaround. I'm creating my text in Photoshop with a key and exporting as a tiff. This slow me down a tiny bit but at least I don't have to render out text in FCP. I can now use key frames to Scale and Rotate each clip with no problem.
I'm hoping some day Apple will offer a real-time capabilities for text and image controls. Maybe the next version.