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Check out this great tutorial for creating and animating 3D titles within Final Cut Pro X.

3D text.pngA couple of quick notes before you watch this tutorial:

  • Requires you are running a minimum of Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 or higher.
  • I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of Apple Motion, so you can animated 3D titles directly wtihin Final Cut Pro X.
  • Playback and rendering performance will depend on your graphics card.  The more video ram on your graphics card - the better.
  • fcpx_training.pngThis is my first 4K tutorial uploaded to YouTube.  So, make sure you adjust the playback settings if you would like to watch the video in 4K.

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Over the past several weeks, we've been doing tutorials introducing some of the more exciting new features in Motion 5.  We've introduced rigs and generators, and in this article we'll create a custom transition.

In Final Cut Pro X, every last built-in transition is a Motion project.  Want to learn transition-building by example?  Just right-click (or Control+click) on any of the transitions in the Transition Browser, then click Open a copy in Motion.

Motion's Transition project type, like its Effect type, uses placeholders to represent the clips that will be affected in the FCPX timeline.  The clip at the beginning of the transition is always labelled "A," and the clip at the end of the transition is "B."  You can use any of the tools available in Motion to manipulate the two placeholder clips over time, but the transition should start with the A clip fully visible and end with the B clip fully visible.  Bear in mind that Final Cut Pro will speed up or slow down your transition animation to match the duration that you set in the FCP Timeline.

In this tutorial, we will use a stock particle system to create a simple "explosion" transition for use in Final Cut Pro.  There are no project files for this tutorial—everything you need is installed with Motion's Supplemental Content.  Step-by-step after the jump...
Motion 5, the brand-new version that ships alongside Final Cut Pro X, should feel familiar to people who have used previous versions of the motion graphics software.  Despite its spiffy new skin, the interface is still organized around the same basic elements.  At first blush, Motion 5 seems to introduce three main new ideas.  In ascending order of importance:

  • A vastly improved chroma keyer, which, all at once, makes a basic key easier and exposes much, much more control for trickier shots.
  • New project types.  Previous versions of Motion could create useful Master Templates–basically Motion projects that could be used directly from Final Cut Pro.  Motion 5 takes this to huge new levels: you can now use Motion to create Final Cut transitions, effects, and generators.
  • A new primitive type: Rigs.  Rigs expand on some of the same principles behind Parameter behaviors–in essence, they flow from the idea that dynamic systems tend to be built up from sets of attributes that change in similar and predictable ways over time.  Rigs allow you to create controls like sliders, checkboxes, and drop-down lists; then connect those controls to as many Inspector parameters as you'd like.
In this tutorial, we'll construct a Rig to control what we'll call the "Excitement" of a firey particle system.  A more "excited" particle system might involve all sorts of parameters which we'd change at the same time.  For example, when the "excitement" cranks up, we might want the particle system to create more particles, and also make each particle brighter, longer-lived, and faster-moving.

Using a Rig, one slider can do all of these things at once, even from within Final Cut Pro X.
With the recent announcement that Final Cut Pro X will be shipping in June, we were curious about the other Final Cut Studio applications.  While the price point of Final Cut X is just $299.00, there has been no mention about the other Final Cut Studio applications.

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Well, I'm happy to find the latest rumor(s) that the other Final Cut Studio applications are still being developed.  Check out this sneak peak of some screenshots from Motion 5.0.

Even though it appears Final Cut X incorporates some technology that was previously only available in Color, There is also a rumor that a new version of Apple Color is still be developed.  If this is true, it's great news for professionals.

Remember, all the new Applications seem to be moving towards a 'download' only model from the App store.
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