In some of my videos, I like to use title cards to distinguish between topics being discussed. I find that title cards are especially useful when creating videos that are based on a current list of features. An example of this is a recent video discussing some of the best iPhone tips everyone should know.
Although it is possible to quickly create these title cards in a third-party program such as Affinity Designer, making them directly in Final Cut Pro X presents several key benefits. Watch this week's Final Cut Friday video tutorial for details.
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Even if you create title cards in a third-party app, you give extra creative control and flexibility. It allows you to do it directly within Final Cut Pro X, for the following reasons:
- It saves time because you stay in FCP X.
- You can quickly edit title text on airplanes.
- You can quickly change the title's appearance, including the background.
These are just a few of the benefits – it's probably more. On the front page one can argue that titles in a dedicated design button such as Affinity Designer also offer many advantages. It's about doing the best for your workflow, and what's best for the project you're working on.
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How to create basic title cards in Final Cut Pro X
The backbone of a decent title card is a background. Although it is possible to scroll text directly on top of your video, it is not always desirable, especially when trying to break up the video into separate logical bits.
The good news is that Final Cut Pro X has a multitude of built-in backgrounds that you can use. You can find these backgrounds in the sidebar Titles and Generators in your browser.
There you see a section with two subheadings: Titles and generators. The titles contain all available text and may also include third-party text programs.
As you may have guessed, the generators contain your available backgrounds. You may also find third-party generator plugins here.
For this special tutorial, I demonstrate how to create a single title card with the Custom Solids generator. The Custom Solids generator is black, but you can use the inspector to make it any color you like.
Finally, it's just a matter of adding text to the background to complete the title card. You can add text from the same titles and generators sidebar to your browser. I like to use the basic title under the Bumper / Open submenu. The basic title lacks some fancy animations, and you can use the inspector to customize the font, size, and more.
Now you have a finished title card. If you wish, you can retime the card so that it remains on the screen for a short period of time. You can also copy the card and then customize the text to each duplicate.
Of course, this is a very basic look at creating title cards in Final Cut Pro X. We are considering some more advanced techniques in future episodes of Final Cut Friday.
Do you like the idea of creating basic title cards directly in Final Cut? Mute in the comments below with your thoughts.