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Kalpesh Mistry
Final Cut L3 - multiple texts in one title
on Mar 11, 2019 at 3:30:50 pm

I'm making some interview videos for one of my clients and stuck with this title template: I made a title template for FCPX with a build in as well as build out animation. But in between I am trying to add multiple text inputs, more like subtitles/highlights on what the person saying. For eg. "Text 1" in the file attached will fade to or slide up to "Text 2". At the same time the timing when this transition occurs should be customizable in FCPX..

I'm new to Motion and I've tried various things on my own but couldn't figure out this one. I hope there is a way to have multiple texts in one title. I just hope. Please help!



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Bret Williams
Re: Final Cut L3 - multiple texts in one title
on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:19:45 am

That's a tough one I haven't really seen solved. I'm pretty sure you're equating this multiple texts with timing thing to a bullet list plugin. The elusive bullet list plugin would be able to add timing where specific bullet points appeared and specifiable times. As yet, I don't see a way to do that. You can control where the build in and build out happens, but everything in-between is stretchable by design, so specific, adjustable timing isn't really there. You can do some things that I've tried like having adjustable delay start on behaviors but it will only get you so far and cause other issues.

BUT, assuming you don't need to make a user friendly commercial product....

Make your text with evenly spaced timing of all the text elements that you'll change in FCPX. In FCPX, change the texts, then compound the title in a compound clip. Now you can add hold frames and/or speed adjustments to the compound in FCPX to get the timing just right. And it really makes tweaking the timing easy. Just extend or shorten the hold frames, which generally you would apply after a text has animated on and come to a stop, and before the next text comes on or changes, etc.

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Robin S. Kurz
Re: Final Cut L3 - multiple texts in one title
on Mar 12, 2019 at 7:56:36 am

Yep. I'd say Bret describes the only real possibility perfectly. Only other real option I can think of is you make multiple titles from the one and simply stack them as needed. But while that works, I'd say it's much messier than what Bret describes past the third or so text element.

But as a single title? Nope. Not at the moment. 😕

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Kalpesh Mistry
Re: Final Cut L3 - multiple texts in one title
on Mar 15, 2019 at 4:38:34 am

I thought so. I just retime the build in and out to a faster animation for next title to appear. So I'm not diving into it any further. But it would have been so good to actually adjust timing - we could be using that in adding subtitles too.

Thanks so much for the response Bret.


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