I like the new 3D titles in FCP X, not for making ridiculous extruded atrocities, but for just a subtle touch. It can really make your text look better. The preset animations are pretty good too. Sometimes though, you want to do your own little moves, and the titles from Apple don’t have any keyframe-able scale or rotation parameters. Even the Inspector’s Video tab only has a single “Rotation” adjustment.
So… I made a copy of the Basic 3D Title, opened it in Motion, turned off the canned build in/out controls, and published Scale and Rotation XYZ parameters. For the heck of it I also published the Shear parameter. The Z scale parameter is kinda the same as 3D Depth, but I left it anyway…
You can do it yourself, but if you don’t feel like it, Click Here to download it. Hope it’s useful. And please do modify it and make it better! I really don’t know what i’m doing. 😉
Finally someone did it. 🙂 Roger and the folks at CoreMelt have released a free plugin to display Source (and Record) Timecode on clips in FCP X. I’ve been playing with it for a while. It works really well, and you can’t beat the price!
Download CoreMelt Free here: http://www.coremelt.com/download.html#free
And then..”After installation look for it under “C2 Gadget – Editors Tools” as Source Timecode. Drop it on your clip and you’re good to go. You can have it display only in the onscreen controls or burn in on render.”
Get it. And get their other stuff too, really great plugins. 🙂
So, in lieu of any actual content here lately, I have a little effect if anyone wants it. There’s no “strobe” effect in FCP X, so I made one. It just freezes a set amount of frames for a jerky playback. Cheesy, but maybe useful? You can roll your own in Motion, but if you’re lazy, here ya go:
Click Here for a zip file
Unzip the file and stick the whole folder in your Movies>Motion Templates>Effects folder. You can make a sub folder in the Effects folder called “Custom” or something first, then put this Strobe folder in it so it’ll sort nicely.
The “mix” slider adjusts the uh… mix 😉 and the “amount” slider adjusts the percentage of the original that plays. 0 just freezes the first frame, and 100 plays the clip with no strobing.
One of these days I’ll add something useful here again, but until then… this is your consolation prize. 🙂 Happy editing!