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Subtitles in FCP

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durk123 Calculating status...
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Mar 26, 2013 2:16 PM

Hi- Looking for the easiest way to subtitle a 40 min movie using FCP 7.02 w/ iMac. I'd like to use white text over a black background but I'm finding limitations within the text options (ie..2 lines of text max using "lower 3rd" option) And since it's 4:3. I'd rather not have background run outside safety...Still playing with other options (video track of just text and video track of just background) But if someone has a "quick and easy way", i'd love to hear. Btw, it's just an old home movie so "quick and dirty" can work.... 

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 1:58 AM (in response to durk123)

    There's no quick and easy method.

     

    You could use a normal title and lower it from within the Motion tab.

     

    As an alternative to a dark background you can select to give your letters a dark outline which will make them visible above pretty well all backgrounds.

     

    mv.png

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 2:10 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    Sorry  .  .  .  .  my memory seems to be at fault again. 

     

    I was sure you could give text an outline in FCP 7 but on firing up the old application it doesn't look as though it's possible. (The example above was done in FCP X).

  • darbypsnm Calculating status...
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    Mar 27, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    If you use Boris Title 3D (part of FCP7) you can have all the lines you want and add text outlines and drop shadow. One more click to open the tool but it can be as complex or simple as you want it to be.


    You may also want to experiment with the color of the text.

    In my opinion and experience yellow subtitles always read better than white without having to add any special treatment or background.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    Best example picture...EVER!

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 12:57 AM (in response to durk123)

    No, it's part of FCP.  Click the filmstrip icon at the bottom right of the Viewer and navigate as shown.

     

    a.png

     

    This next screenshot shows less than half the adjustable parameters you will have at your disposal.

     

    Note that to make it visible you have to click the Controls tab at the top of the Viewer.

     

    b.png

     

     

     

    Note that you have to click the dark grey "Title 3D" box at the top and wait a few seconds for the "input" window to appear.

     

    c.png

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 1:01 AM (in response to Shane Ross)

    I thought a self-portrait clip and caption might be appropriate  .  .  . 

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 1:11 AM (in response to durk123)

    You're correct. I looked again and spotted the "Outline" section.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,795 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 7:21 AM (in response to durk123)

    what I do, is create a gradient to black (top clear to bottom black) in photoshop and bring that in to fcp and use it to darken the bottom of the frame the minimal amount necessary to make the subtitles readable.  If you need more detail for this workflow, post back.

  • mrockett Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to durk123)

    Another option is to use a color or color solid ( I usually like black), crop it to a good lower third, and bring down the opacity, all right there in fcp.

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