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Video:Final Cut Pro: How to Use Motion Graphics

with Chris Davis

Using Motion graphics in your FCP video projects looks great and is really quite easy to do. This About.com video will teach you how to begin using motion graphics in Final Cut Pro.See Transcript

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Transcript:Final Cut Pro: How to Use Motion Graphics

Hi, I'm Chris Davis for About.com. Adding Motion graphics to your video project in Final Cut Pro can add a level professionalism and it's easy to do.

Choose Proper Motion Graphic Template

Although the application Motion can be a little intimidating, you can still use Motion graphics in Final Cut without knowing much about Motion. The easiest way to start is right in Final Cut. In your top menus, go to Sequence, Add Master Templates. A template browser will pop up. Themes are on the left, Templates on the right. Click on a thumbnail to get a preview of the graphic.

Also, make sure to be aware of the resolution you are selecting. It will be located under the preview once you select it. Some graphics are full HD while others are not. You will want to match the format you are editing in for the best results.

Adjust the Motion Graphic

Select the Motion graphic that fits your needs and click Open. The template will load into Final Cut's viewer. Place the graphic in the timeline and double click on it. By doing this, we can make adjustment to the graphic and see the changes in real time. Next, click the Controls tab in the Viewer. Here you can make the necessary changes to your text as well as change the size and tracking. You should see the changes in your Canvas. Once you are satisfied with the results, you can render the Motion graphic.

Export Motion Graphic as a Quicktime File

If you are a bit more savvy in Motion and have created your own graphics or know how to customize the templates in Motion, you will want to do the following. From Motion go to File, Export. A pop up window will appear. Generally, the default setting will be your best choice. It will create a Quicktime .mov file. However, if you need a specific compressor, click Options, then Compressor and select the one that you need. Now give your file a name and click Export.

After the file has exported, go back to Final Cut and import the Quicktime file. At this point you can treat it like another video clip that you would use in Final Cut Pro.

There are a few more advanced methods to utilize Motion graphics in Final Cut. Check out About.com's Desktop Video site for additional tips. To learn more, check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.

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