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Tapio Haaja
SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 6:12:31 am

One thing I love in After Effects are adjustment layers and I just realized you can actually use titles as effects in Final Cut Pro X and they behave just like adjustment layers (actually you can go much further in Final Cut Pro X).

So titles process everything below in Final Cut Pro X even with effects applied to it. So why not just build clean title in Motion 5, put that to top "track" and add effects to it. This way you don't have to hassle that much with compound clips.

This technique works with all effects (also color board works on titles) so for example if you want to have certain look for some period of time simply add clean title to top track for that time and add effect to it. I think this technique has tons of potential for people who want to keep their timelines in order and don't want to create complex compound clip messes.



If you don't have Motion 5 you can download Adjustment Layer here. Just extract contents to your Movies/Motion Templates/Titles folder and you'll find it in Final Cut Pro X Titles under Adjustment Layer.



Best
Tapio Haaja


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Andy Borowa
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 1:09:50 pm

!!!!!!! brilliant !!!!!

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Andy


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Nick Toth
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:01:55 pm

Very clever!

NT


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Brendan Gibbons
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:45:30 pm

This way of using an empty text fx as a adjustment layer is even more powerful than it first looks.

Throw more "adjustment layers" into the 1st one and add as audition. So you could store different grades for your edit in there, resizes, letterbox versions......keeping the timeline tidy.

Powerful!!

cheers,

Brendan


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:06:29 pm

Very impressive! Opens up so many possibilities.

Simon Ubsdell
Director/Editor/Writer
http://www.tokyo-uk.com


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Steve Connor
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 4:36:26 pm

Great find, thanks for sharing that

Steve Connor
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Dave Gage
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 7:46:05 pm

I've been working with FCP since 4.5, but have never used AE. This sounds really cool based on comments, but I don't know why. Would you mind dumbing this down a bit for me so I can understand the advantage of using the Adjustment Layers in the workflow. Sorry for being a bit dense on this one.

Thanks,
Dave


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 7:48:10 pm

[Dave Gage] "the advantage of using the Adjustment Layers in the workflow"

Very simply, it means you can apply filters globally to a range of clips rather than individually to each one. Great, for exmple if you want to apply a crop to the whole of your sequence, but there are many other uses.

Simon Ubsdell
Director/Editor/Writer
http://www.tokyo-uk.com


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Dave Gage
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 6, 2011 at 9:09:43 pm

Simon,

Very cool. I'm getting my new 17" MBP this Friday and once it arrives, I can download and finally start messing with FCP-X. This is a great tip. I hope Kevin or someone can turn it into a quick tutorial tip.

Thanks,
Dave


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Mark Spencer
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 9, 2011 at 4:35:18 pm

By the way if you *don't* have Motion 5 installed, you *won't* have the necessary folder structure for placing that title into. You'll need to create a "Motion Templates" folder in your "Movies" folder, and inside it, create folders for "Titles", "Transitions", "Effects", and "Generators".

And still, this won't work until you do a get info (command-I) on each folder and add the ".localized" extension.

THEN it should work.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Tapio Haaja
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 9, 2011 at 6:01:17 pm

Thanks Mark for this very essential information! This was new to me.

Best
Tapio Haaja


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Andy Nickless
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Sep 3, 2012 at 5:54:00 am

Brilliant - but limited!
What a great idea this is - it works a treat! The only problem for me is that it affects everything beneath the adjustment layer - that means any clips below the one I want to add an effect to, are affected too.
Despite this, I'm sure I'll be using this a lot - (thanks)!
Andy

I've taught you all I know, and still you know nothing.


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Mark Spencer
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Sep 3, 2012 at 1:33:25 pm

Well if you want to limit your effects to specific clips, then just put them in a compound clip and apply them directly to the clip - no need for an adjustment layer

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Andy Nickless
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Sep 3, 2012 at 1:49:20 pm

Thanks Mark - yes, I'm aware of the advantages of Compound Clips but I wish Apple would give us Paste Effects as in legacy FCP.
Andy

I've taught you all I know, and still you know nothing.


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Andy Nickless
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Sep 3, 2012 at 2:36:50 pm

Interestingly, if you make a Compound Clip of your connected clip with the 'adjustment layer' attached, the adjustment only applies to the clip within the Compound Clip. Any clips below, revert back to their previous state.

Not sure whether this is of any practical use, but it' 15.30 here and I've been up since 03.30 this morning, so the thought process is even slower than usual!
Andy

I've taught you all I know, and still you know nothing.


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Pavel Pavlov
Re: SUPER USEFUL: Use clean title as adjustment layer
on Jul 14, 2011 at 3:01:31 pm

Its great! Like Avid style where i can use effects to empty track over clips


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