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Jennifer, from Needlegarden, writes:
I’m emailing because though I consider myself an experienced Final Cut user, and have tackled many difficult issues, one thing keeps bugging me — when I use text generator to create a title, sometimes the text runs off the right side of the frame and is cut off. Especially if I justify left. I would think that by moving the frame around in the motion tab I would be able to place it properly, but it still shows up cut off — see image attached.
The title is supposed to say “Former Prospect Plaza Resident” but gets cut off and there’s nothing I’ve found that can fix that except centering it and making two separate titles and placing them independently. Just a little thorn in my side.
Any thoughts here?
Larry replies: Thanks for writing, Jenn.
When you Left justify text, the bottom left corner of the first letter becomes the 0 point for positioning. When you center text, the 0 point is the center of all the text.
In other words, the point of positioning moves as you change justification.
The Motion tab moves the FRAME that contains the text. The Controls tab moves the text WITHIN the frame. Adjusting text position in the Motion tab won’t reveal characters that are outside the frame itself.
A MUCH better way to adjust this is using the Origin settings in the Controls tab. This allows you to position all your text, without moving the frame that contains the text.
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