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Ewan Maccormick
Creating text effect in fcp
on Mar 6, 2013 at 8:49:17 pm

Hi there,

I have been trying to find out how to create this effect in FCP or in motion, but I cant even seem to articulate it enough to search for it.

Basically, if you watch this at 5 seconds in the text effect I am looking for begins.

Basically it is pinning the text to move with something in the shot.

I have tried it with keyframes in fcp but it looks jerky and awful and I wondered if there was a simpler way to do this in motion or in fcp.

any help would be very much appreciated.


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Shane Ross
Re: Creating text effect in fcp
on Mar 6, 2013 at 9:17:39 pm

It's called TEXT TRACKING, and is something you'd do in After Effects.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Creating text effect in fcp
on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:11:43 pm

Yes, you can do this in Motion by first applying a tracker to the footage, then any graphic you put in Apple Motion lock to the motion. Same as AE can do, but it may be a little simpler in Motion.

Look for Stephen Smith's tutorials on the COW tutorials page because I believe he shows how to do this there. Or ask Stephen straight-up in the Motion forum, where he's like the G%D#$ Bat Man in terms of fast help when you need it. Great guy, good teacher.

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Ewan Maccormick
Re: Creating text effect in fcp
on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:30:51 pm

Thanks so much guys. A really great help. I will head over to the Motion tutorials now and have a look for stephens stuff.

Cheers again for taking the time to respond.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Creating text effect in fcp
on Apr 19, 2013 at 6:10:15 pm

Thanks for the kind words.

Yes, this is easy to do in Motion 4. I would recommend that you check out this tutorial:

This is how it was done:
-Text layer was added above the layer with the movie.
-Match Move behavior added to text layer
-Hit F2 to open Behaviors tab
-Make sure Type = Transformation
-Move the anchor point to the area you want to track
-Select the Scale Adjust button so Position and Scale are enabled
-You will get a new option below Anchor called “Rotation-Scale.”
-Click on the Analyze button and best of luck.

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