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“Bottom 3rd” titles on video clips

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auggie260 Calculating status...
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Feb 1, 2010 4:35 AM
In reading the bible that is the 1100-page users manual, there is mention that the “Bottom 3rd” text generator is able to be used within a clip itself. However, thus far the only use I’ve gotten for ANY of the text generators is using them on plain-jane background screens in between actual video clips. Additionally, despite the advice of the manual, it doesn’t appear to tell you HOW to go about this whatsoever.

I “assume" that there is a way to make this title footage have a transparent background, or “glue” it into the particular clip that I wish to use it in, but I’m fresh out of patience & ideas.

Essentially, my rough editing is complete, now I’m just adding the text generators (and eventually chapters) in between clips. However, this particular issue has stonewalled me, because I want - in the worst of ways - to add a simple title to the bottom 3rd of a particular clip within my sequence that illustrates the gent doing the opening commentary of my footage is the ring announcer (amateur MMA video).

Thanks,
Auggie
iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.2), FCE4, text generators
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)
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    Feb 1, 2010 4:46 AM (in response to auggie260)
    Try putting the playhead over a clip and using the Superimpose function. Gluing to a clip is more difficult and usually not necessary.
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  • PieroF Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)
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    Feb 1, 2010 4:47 AM (in response to auggie260)
    All text generated by the Boris text generators or the built-in FCE text generators have transparent background. You simply have to drag it un top of a clip in the timeline: when playing the timeline you'll see the text superimposed to the clip.

    To get the text in the bottom third: open the text clip in the viewer and change its Center in the Motion tab to (0, 150) or similar value: the second value sets the vertical position in the frame. Or simply drag down the image+wireframe of the text in the canvas; in this case make sure you first select the text clip in the timeline.

    Piero
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  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Feb 1, 2010 7:36 AM (in response to auggie260)
    When you create the text clip, put it on the video track above your main video. (If your video is on v1, then place the text clip on v2). You can do this by dragging the text clip from the Viewer to the +Superimpose overlay+ in the Canvas, or you can drag it from the Viewer directly onto v2 on the timeline. When you play back the video, the text will be superimposed on your main video on v1.
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  • PieroF Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)
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    Feb 1, 2010 12:06 PM (in response to MartinR)
    Hi Martin,
    you right, I meant "on the track above"...

    Piero
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