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Using the Title Crawl Function in Final Cut Pro

Here's a great Final Cut Pro tutorial on using the Boris Title Crawl feature to create a giant crawling title that has a see through effect.

If you want to quickly create crawling text in your video, rather than using LiveType, you can use the Title Crawl function right within Final Cut Pro.  The Title Crawl feature generates a single line of text that moves horizontally across the screen, kind of like a ticker tape display.  You can adjust the spacing of the text and the location of the text as it crawls across the screen.

We find the Title Crawl feature within the Text Generators menu under Boris.  Drag the Boris Title Crawl generator into the Timeline and set your duration.  Double click the generator on the Timeline to load it into the Viewer.  You can then click on the Controls Tab in the Viewer window to see the different parameters you can use to control your text.

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To set your text, double click in the Text Entry and Style Box.  This will open up a Boris Title Crawl Text Box.

titlecrawl2.gifOnce you have your text set, you can set specific controls; Animation Style gives you the choices of None, Roll, or Crawl.  Mask Start and End allows you to place a mask at either the top or bottom or on both sides of the screen so that the text does not appear at the edges of the screen.  Blend Start and End causes the text to fade in and out at the top and bottom of the screen.  Position XY is for repositioning your text in the Canvas window.  The last setting will change the Opacity of the text.

titlecrawl3.gifIf you make changes after you have set the text, Boris will recalculate everything for you.

Don't miss this article on improving the quality of crawling text; and if you really want to make your moving text extra cool, check out this tutorial on creating crawling text in LiveType.

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