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Here is a really simple trick to reveal text in Final Cut Pro by using the Crop Tool, and without having to go into LiveType or Motion.  Let's say you have a piece of text you want to superimpose at the beginning of a clip, but you don't just want it to flash on and flash off...boring.  Let's give it just a little "umph" without taking up too much of your time. 



  1. In the Viewer window, click on the generators button and scroll down to select Text. 
  2. Make sure your alpha channel (or checkerboard) is turned on.

text_generator.gifmore step by step to follow...


3.  Now go to the Controls Tab to type your text.  Here is where you can also change the font, size, style, and color of your text.

controls_tab.gif4.  Ok, back to the Video Tab; make sure your Image+Wireframe is selected, and then you can select the crop tool from the tool palette or use the keyboard shortcut C.
image_wireframe.gif 5.  Place your cursor on the right side of the frame to see the Crop indicator, and drag the indicator slowly to the left to hide the text footage.
crop_tool_drag.gif 6.  Now you want to set a keyframe by clicking on the keyframe button.  Now move the playhead to the end of the clip or your outpoint, grab the crop tool indicator again (should be highlighted in purple) and drag it to the right to reveal your text to the end of the clip.
add_keyframe.gif7.  Now to get your text into your video clip, select image, and drag your text clip from the Viewer window over to the Canvas and select Superimpose.
superimpose.gifTa da!  Quick & Easy!  Now try to jazz up your text by changing fonts and color; and if you have some extra time, hop on over to LiveType to create some really cool animated text.  Be sure to check out our Final Cut Pro class and learn our contemporary workflow.  Then call us to schedule your class...seats fill up quickly...so don't wait!


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