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The LiveType interface consists of 4 windows:  the Canvas, the Inspector, the Media Browser, and the Timeline.  The 4 windows float freely, and can be moved or resized to your preference.
livetypeinface.gifWe will talk briefly about each of the 4 windows.  Note that this is only a short discussion about the LiveType interface.  Each window can be hugely expanded upon, but let's face it,  your head will start to spin if I went into anymore detail than this today!   Don't forget that we offer full instruction on LiveType as part of our Final Cut Training.
First we will discuss the Canvas.  The Canvas is where your project takes shape.  You can use it to move text and objects, and you can see the results as you work.  When you first open up LiveType,  the background is defaulted to a checkerboard pattern in the Canvas.  This shows that the background is transparent; you can change the background to several different things such as a solid color, a still image, or a moving video.  The dark blue horizontal line that appears in the center of the Canvas is the Track.  The Track shows the position of the text in the Canvas.  You can have more than one Track in the Canvas.  Each Track has 2 endpoints, which can create angles and curves in the Track.  There are also 2 green boxes outlining the Canvas; these green lines represent the Action Safe and Title Safe areas.  The Action Safe area, which is the outermost line, is the boundary of the screen where the image is visible.  The Title Safe area, which is the innermost line, is the limit to where text will be seen.

Next, we will explore the Inspector window.  The Inspector is essentially a toolbox of settings and characteristics, including hundreds of options for building and customizing your titling creations.  The Inspector consists of a Text Entry Box, and a Live Wireframe Preview at the top of the window, and 5 Inspector Tabs labeled, Text, Style, Effects, Timing, & Attributes.  The Inspector Tabs are always referring to the Track that is currently selected in the Canvas or in the Timeline.
Thumbnail image for inspectorwindw.gif  Now on to the Media Browser.  The Media Browser is where you get access to all the fonts, textures, objects and effects you'll want to use to create your titles.  There are 5 tabs in the Media Browser labeled, Livefonts, Fonts, Textures, Objects, & Effects.  The window above these tabs is the Browser Preview, to see how the different media moves and transforms within your title.
mediabrows.gifNow finally we will talk a little bit about the Timeline.   The Timeline is where you manage the  frame-by-frame action of your title projects.  The Timeline allows you to:  Set the timing and duration of tracks and effects; manage the track layers; work with keyframes to customize your animated titles; select specific frames to view or adjust; and set markers to render only a portion of your movie for preview or output.  Within the Timeline window you will see to the far upper left the Project Tab, which shows which projects are open and which one is active.  The Playhead and Timecode indicate which frame is showing in the Canvas.  Tracks are numbered according to their layer position in the left column of the Timeline, and Track 1 is always the top layer.  Effects are shown as separate bars underneath the track they apply to.  One track may have several effects applied to it, in sequence or overlapping.  The Grouping Buttons found on the far left side, let you group tracks together in the Canvas, locking their position while letting you move the group as a unit.

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