Use Superimpose for Text Clips
[ This article was first published in the February, 2006, issue of
Larry’s Final Cut Pro Newsletter. Click here to subscribe. ]
Recently, a student came to me with problems in keying text clips in Final Cut.
During the course of discussing his problem, I discovered that he was editing his text clips to the Timeline, rather than superimposing them.
The key points to remember in keying text clips in Final Cut are the following:
- Put your playhead in the middle of the clip into which you want to key text.
- Connect the left patch panel tab (from the Viewer) to the same track as the clip your playhead is in. Generally, this means v1 > V1.
- Generate your text from the Viewer pop-up menu
- Superimpose your text by dragging it from the Viewer to the Canvas Superimpose overlay menu
- Double-click the text from the Timeline to load it into the Viewer.
Following this procedure will automatically:
- Key your text into your background clip using the alpha channel built into all FCP text clips
- Trim your text clip so it runs the same length as your background clip
- Allow you to see your key while you edit your text
Simply editing your clip to the Timeline does not accomplish the same results nearly as quickly or as easily.
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