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What is this?
Last week Ripple Training made a video about Motion 5’s link behavior. In their example they used titles only available in Motion 5. Some people commented they’d love these titles in Final Cut Pro X. I couldn’t agree more so I converted them to FCPX titles. Party time!
Why should YOU care?
Duh, 24 FREE titles! I spent 37 hours converting, linking and testing these templates so you don’t have to. Grab ’em and get creating!
In Motion 5, these titles are compositions. I converted them to Title templates by changing the file extension from .motn to .moti and then published to FCPX. All the different elements had different color controls so I linked the colors together and published the controls. Now it’s easy to customize the color of each template.
How to install it
- Download the file. (206 MB)
- Unzip file.
- In the unzipped folder (Converted Templates) you’ll see two folders (Lower Thirds and Opens).
- Move the contents of the Lower Thirds folder to Home Folder>Movies>Motion Templates>Titles>Lower Thirds.
- Move the contents of the Opens folder to Home Folder>Movies>Motion Templates>Titles>Opens.
- Restart Final Cut Pro X (10.0.5 or newer) and you’re good to go.
HINT: If you don’t have Titles, Lower Thirds or Opens folders, simply create them.
How to use it
In Final Cut Pro X (10.0.5 or newer) click on the Title browser. Select Lower Thirds or Opens and then scroll down to the theme you want. You can also see all the titles for each theme by clicking on the Theme browser and selecting the theme from the left hand side list. There are 8 themes.
Drag the title onto your clips and then select the title. Depending on the title you’ll have some or all of the following options.
- Shape colors
- Text colors
- Background Colors
- Background Opacity
You’ll notice in some of the templates when you change the shapes’ colors that there’s a delay. Some of the shapes update right away and others you have to move the playhead before they change color. Don’t worry too much because they do in fact change; you just have to move the playhead. Take a look at this video to see it in action.
Color theme inspiration
Now that you can customize colors you might need some design inspiration. Let me introduce you to Kuler. Kuler, meet time pressed video editor. Video editor, meet Kuler (down for maintenance until Mid October 2012). Kuler lets you try out, create and save color themes. You can browse color themes others have created and search by keyword to find your next killer color theme.
If you have any questions, suggestions or use this in a video let me know in the comments below.