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Old April 11th, 2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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Title template: FCP/AE, workflow?

Hi all!

The below comp is pretty ugly, but does anyone have any good tips, and/or know of good tutorials for creating animated "news-style name title" templates in Final Cut Pro?



I am just trying to think of the best workflow for such a thing.

Tips and/or links would be greatly appreciated. :)

Cheers,
Micky

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Old April 12th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hmm, seems like Motion would be a good app to work with.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #3
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Maybe this is a better question: What do you all use, and what techniques do you apply, in order to produce a lower-thirds (animated) template that is usable across multiple applications/platforms?
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Old April 13th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #4
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Final cut pro is more than capable of doing good title overlays. After Effects & Motion is easier as it allows you photoshopish canvas...

It might be that you need a simple tutorial on basic design and typography.

Simple starting points...

Tighten the kerning (space between letters and words)
Adjust leading accordingly
Give different information a hierarchy with "weighting" - done by either font size, boldness or colour weight.
e.g.
Headline - hierarchy 1 - eye should register this first so bigger size, bold
Subheader - hierarchy 2 - bold
Description - hierarchy 3 - normal.

Good rule of thumb is not to space the letters and words too much and watch spacing between sentences. (Like your video camera, never rely on default auto settings if you're picky)

Hope that helps.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #5
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And...

ALL CAPS for everything is difficult to read (particularly on screen) if you're not prudent.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 12:57 AM   #6
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And...

ALL CAPS for everything is difficult to read (particularly on screen) if you're not prudent.
Lol, great point! :D

Ok, so I do not think my example image helped this thread much... I quickly slapped that together.

Couple things:
  • When I posted this thread, I did not know how to explain the specific type of graphic element... that is why I posted a quick-and-dirty image/comp. I now know it is called "lower thirds".
  • I did not think I needed to make a beautiful example in order to get some help around here... So, without further confusion, I will remove the example image from my first post.

Kevin: Many thanks for your help. :)

I guess I am still wondering what apps you all use to create an animated "lower thirds" template for use in different apps/platforms.

For example, at my work we use everything from Windows Movie Maker and Premiere Elements to Final Cut Express and Final Cut Studio/Pro... I would like to create an animated lower thirds template that I can share across all those different apps and platforms -- My goal is to try and create a consistent branding for all of our videos.

I could use Motion (just now learning that app), but it seems like Motion is only really useful when used in conjunction with Final Cut Pro.

I think I may just wind-up using After Effects and will render-out something with an alpha mask.

Thanks all! I really do appreciate the feedback... Sorry if my questions are so vague.

Have a great night!
Cheers,
Micky
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Old April 13th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #7
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Doi! I did not realize the second post was also posted by you Kevin! Sorry if my last post sounded like I was talking to more than just you. :blushes:

Again, thanks for the help. I really do appreciate your attention and pro advice. ;)
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