How to Get Easy Access to More Animations in Final Cut Pro X

Published on September 17, 2015

This short video demonstrates how to get easy access to more 3D text animations in Final Cut Pro X.

The issue is that some of the animations come with variations that you can’t preview in the Titles Browser. This wouldn’t be a problem if you memorized all of the options available for each title, but who’s going to do that? (I know I wouldn’t be able to remember all the options.)

So instead of memorizing everything, let’s take a couple minutes to set up presets for ourselves.

By the way, this is another example of how Motion can be a super-useful companion to Final Cut Pro X, even for small jobs like this.

These are the basic steps to this workflow:

  1. Control click on the title and open it in Motion
  2. Select the Project layer in the Layers List
  3. Open the Project > Publishing Inspector
  4. Change the animation preset in the pop up menu.
  5. Save the revised title with a new name
  6. Open the Titles Browser in Final Cut Pro and you’ll see the new title variation available for preview

This makes it easy to see what animations are available to use from the Titles Browser. You can preview each variation of the title animations without opening the inspector and changing the animation style before seeing the difference.

It takes a couple minutes on the front end to set it up, but you only have to do it once. And it saves you time later.

Personally, I think it’s worth the tiny bit of trouble, don’t you?

By the way, if you haven’t already seen my free basic Final Cut Pro course, click here to check it out.

This article was last updated on October 6, 2020


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