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How to create a Live Ticker???

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Apr 20, 2007 6:06 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew how to create a ticker on the bottom of the tv screen that the data is brought in from a xml file (or other type of file)? I am trying to have a sports ticker for a tv broadcast but don't want to manually type the text every time in fcp. Instead I would create the video and ticker but someone else would type up what would be displayed in the ticker (ex. sport scores, ect.). Hopefully that makes sense and someone has some ideas.

Thank you!
Bryce Escobar
Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
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    Apr 20, 2007 7:50 PM (in response to besco)
    what you'll need to do is add the "Crawl" text generator from Effects > Video Generaors > Text > Crawl

    then you would export the xml of your sequence
    open the exported file in a text editor
    do a search and replace for "Sample Text", replacing with your ticker text
    save the changes
    import the xml back into FCP
    et voila

    with a tad more work you could automate things by writing an applescript droplet onto which you you could drag and drop a simple text file (containing the ticker text) and that droplet could spit out a bare bone xml that contains just a single "Crawl" text generator instance ... openening the xml would import the generator into your project and then you just drag it onto the timeline.

    word of warning though. you'd have to play around a bit to define your Crawl container as it were, as it has no specific speed control. the speed is dictated by the duration of the generator item combined with the length of the text.

    with more work of course, you could even write your own Crawl generator complete with speed control and background strap etc
    17" MBP + FCP 5.1.2, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
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    Apr 22, 2007 9:05 PM (in response to besco)
    Is their a way when importing the new text back into fcp that it will automatically replace the old text (sequense) without dragging the new one to the timeline?

    sorry, not that I know of ... but just open the new sequence and voila, not so bad.

    Also, do you know of a plugin in replace of the fcp scrolling text or does the new fcp give you the ability to change the scrolling speed more consistantly?

    not off the top of my head, no ... but it shouldn't be too difficult to hack the existing one to add the controls. just select it in the effects bin, right click and choose "Open in Editor" and ask one of your geek buddies to take a look
    17" MBP + FCP 5.1.2, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
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    Apr 23, 2007 6:42 PM (in response to Andy Mees)
    hey besco

    seeing as it wasn't a big deal I knocked one up for you and have put it on my .mac homepage for your to grab if you want it ... it's just as the original crawl, but it works at a fixed crawl rate regardless of the length of the clip (so it's up to you to make sure its long enough for the text to complete) there's no magic, it doesn't loop the text if it runs out or anything special, it does have an optional background strap tho.

    17" MBP + FCP 5.1.2, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
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    Apr 29, 2007 12:35 AM (in response to besco)
    maximum default duration of any generator clip is 2 minutes

    you're getting only 1 minute because you are only dragging the outpoint as far as it will go ... you could also drag the in point, by the same amount, in the other direction, and re position the clip

    you can change the total duration of the generator to something larger than 2 minutes by editing the duration in the duration field of the generator within the viewer window ... open the generator into the Viewer window, type the new duration 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour or whatever, in to the duration field (the timecode field at top left of the video tab of the viewer window)
    17" MBP + FCP 5.1.2, Mac OS X (10.4.8)


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