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Adjust size & position of title graphics

549 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2011 8:44 PM by William Brawley RSS
William Brawley Calculating status...
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Jun 23, 2011 11:30 AM

Hi all,


I am trying add some graphic overlays in a project in FCPX, and for the life of me I can't seem to figure out how to adjust the positions or size of built-in title graphics. I've chosen one for example from the title browser and placed in the timeline. Now the graphic has a default position and size, but how do I even drag that layer around for a custom placement? Is that even possible? I can adjust the size and placement of the TEXT, but not of the any other elements. In FCP7 you could drag and scale and adjust any graphic overlays you want.






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  • AHXtreme42 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to William Brawley)

    In the "Canvas" or whatever its called now, do you see the buttons on the bottom left hand corner? One looks like a box with handles, then the crop icon, then the distort icon. If you click any one of those, all of the elements in your Canvas will be selectable. (Or at least, the currently selected one in your timeline will become active.)


    This will put the canvas in a mode similar to FCP7. Keyframe buttons will appear in the upper left. When you're all done transforming, click the button again and it returns to plain old viewing.


    You could alternatively, select a clip, open the inspector (upper right) and modify the properties and keyframes there.


    I hope this is what you were looking for!

  • AHXtreme42 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 12:02 PM (in response to William Brawley)

    Hm, that's strange.


    I have a project I'm working on now where I manipulated the position, scale, and distortion of a clip, and these were done both in the canvas and the inspector, and my clip is not a storyline. It is connected to a storyline though, but it in itself is not a storyline.


    Are you sure the graphic was selected rather than the main video in the timeline?

  • Alex Gollner Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
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    Jun 29, 2011 6:16 PM (in response to William Brawley)

    Title generators are implemented using Motion files.


    Not all elements of Motion files are modifiable by default. The designer must make parameters editable in Motion - these are such things as the position and rotation of an object in a layer.


    In most title generators only the text elements are changeable in Final Cut.


    In the 'Gradient - Edge' (in the 'Lower Thirds' section), you can use the controls in the Title tab of the Inspector to change some attributes of the gradient that appears behind the text. It would take some work in Motion to modify this generator to add on-screen controls to control the gradient.


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