Adjust titles

You can edit text in the Viewer or in the Text inspector, and adjust a title’s text appearance using the Title and Video inspectors. For example, you can adjust a title’s opacity or modify the text’s font, alignment, color, glow, and drop shadow.

Edit title text

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select a title clip in the Timeline, and then move the playhead over the selected title clip.

    • Double-click a title clip in the Timeline.

      The title appears in the Viewer, and the text in the first text object in the title clip is selected. The playhead moves to the point in the Timeline where the first text object is fully visible in the Viewer. (For example, to make the animated text you’re editing visible in the Viewer, the playhead may need to move to a different point in the animation.)

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Double-click a text object in the Viewer.

    • Select the text in the Text inspector.

  3. Edit the text.

  4. To exit text editing, press Command-Return.

Adjust a title’s position onscreen

  1. Select a title clip in the Timeline.

  2. Move the playhead over the selected title clip.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • In the Viewer, drag the text object to the new position.

    • Double-click the text object and drag the position button to the new position.

    Title text being dragged to new position in Viewer

Adjust a title clip’s opacity

You can adjust a title clip’s opacity to make it more transparent.

  1. Double-click a title clip in the Timeline.

  2. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4), and click the Video button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Title text in Viewer on left and Video inspector on right showing Opacity slider
  3. In the Compositing section, adjust the opacity settings.

    Note: Some titles allow you to adjust the text opacity separately from the rest of the title graphics. For more information, see “Modify a title’s text style,” below.

  4. To exit text editing, press Command-Return.

Note: You can also keyframe a title’s opacity setting.

Adjust a title’s settings

You can modify a title’s settings in the Title inspector.

You can build and modify titles in Motion 5 for use in Final Cut Pro. When you save a title template in Motion, you can choose which parameters to publish in the Title inspector in Final Cut Pro. For this reason, the parameters that you can adjust in the Title inspector vary from title to title.

See the information about Final Cut Pro X templates in Motion Help.

  1. Select a title clip in the Timeline.

  2. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4), and click the Title button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Title inspector
  3. Adjust the available settings as needed.

Note: You can also keyframe many of the settings in both the Title and Text inspectors.

Modify a title’s text style

You can modify the text style for a title.

  1. Double-click a title clip in the Timeline.

    The title appears in the Viewer, and the text in the first text object in the title clip is selected.

    Note: To modify a different text object in the same title, select it in the Viewer.

  2. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4).

    Text inspector
  3. Adjust the available settings as needed in the sections listed below.

    For a complete list of available controls, see Controls in the Text inspector.

    Note: To reveal the controls in each of the sections, you may need to scroll down in the Text inspector and double-click each section name.

    • Basic: Sets the basic font controls such as font, size, alignment, tracking, and line spacing.

    • Face: Sets the text color, opacity, and blur.

    • Outline: Sets the text outline color, opacity, blur, and width.

    • Glow: Sets the text glow color, opacity, blur, and radius.

    • Drop Shadow: Sets the text drop-shadow color, opacity, distance, and angle.

  4. To exit text editing, press Command-Return.

Note: You can also keyframe many of the settings in both the Title and Text inspectors.

Adjust the timing of an animated title

Many of the titles in the Titles Browser include animations. Depending on the specific title, you have some options for adjusting the speed of the animation.

  • To change the duration of the clip: The animation timing in some titles depends on the duration of the clip. For example, to slow down the Scrolling title, extend the duration of the title clip in the Timeline.

  • To adjust the timing in Motion: In the Titles Browser, Control-click the title and choose “Open a copy in Motion” from the shortcut menu.

    The title opens in Motion as a Motion project.

    For information about adjusting titles in Motion, see Motion Help.

Adjust multiple text objects in a title at once

You can adjust the settings of more than one text object at once.

  1. Select a title clip in the Timeline.

  2. Move the playhead over the selected title clip.

  3. In the Viewer, do one of the following:

    • Holding down the Command key, select the text objects you want to modify.

    • Drag to select the text objects you want to modify.

  4. Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4).

  5. Adjust the available settings as needed.

Use the ruler to lay out and align paragraph text objects

Text created in Motion and some titles in the Titles Browser contain paragraph text. You can use a ruler and tabs to control the layout of paragraph text. For more information, see Motion Help.

  1. Double-click a paragraph text object in the Viewer.

  2. In the Viewer, click the Show Ruler button.

    Note: The Show Ruler button appears only when you edit a paragraph text object.

    A ruler appears above the paragraph text object in the Viewer. Tabs in the ruler show how tabbed text will be aligned in the selected text.

    Paragraph text object in Viewer, with ruler shown above
  3. Do any of the following:

    • To add a tab: Click in the ruler.

    • To change the type of tab added when you click in the ruler: Control-click in the ruler and choose a tab type from the shortcut menu.

    • To move a tab: Drag it to another position on the ruler.

    • To delete a tab: Drag it out of the ruler.

    • To change a tab to another tab type: Control-click the tab and choose a tab type from the shortcut menu.

      Ruler above paragraph text object in Viewer, with shortcut menu showing options for choosing tab types