Rotate a title in 3D space with onscreen controls

When you add a 3D title to a project, you see a bit of the extruded sides in addition to the front of the text.

Viewer showing 3D title from the front

But 3D text actually has multiple facets (the front, the sides, the edges, and the back) even though you can’t see them by default. You can view these other facets by rotating the text object using the onscreen controls.

Viewer showing 3D title from the side

Rotate a title in 3D space

  1. Add a 3D title to your project and select it in the Timeline.

  2. Position the playhead in the Timeline so that your 3D title appears in the Viewer.

  3. In the Viewer, click the 3D title once.

    The 3D onscreen controls appear in the Viewer for the 3D title, including the X, Y, and Z rotation handles (small circles surrounding the arrows).

    Viewer showing 3D title with axis rotation handle onscreen controls
  4. Move the pointer over one of the rotation handles until a colored rotation ring appears, then drag the ring.

    • The red ring rotates the object around its X axis.

    • The green ring rotates the object around its Y axis.

    • The blue ring rotates the object around its Z axis.

      As you drag, the active ring is highlighted, and the status bar above the Viewer displays the absolute rotation values as well as the amount of rotation change (delta).

      Viewer showing 3D title with rotation ring onscreen controls

For more information about the three axes of the 3D coordinate system in Final Cut Pro, see Move 3D titles with onscreen controls.

Note: You can modify the appearance of each facet individually, as well as control the bevel and style of the edges between facets. For more information, see Materials overview and Modify depth, weight, edges, and corners.