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How To Add Text in Final Cut Pro?

How To Add Text in Final Cut Pro?

One of the core functions of editing video footage in Final Cut Pro is adding text. Note that many sources, including the Final Cut Pro user interface, often refers to adding text as adding a "title." There are many reasons you may want to add text to a project, from adding subtitles to title cards and more. The process is also very simple and straightforward. Additionally, Final Cut Pro offers a wide range of different options and styles for adding text. Turn to Shutterstock to learn how to add text in Final Cut Pro.

Adding Text

The first thing you need to do is make sure the Titles and Generators sidebar is present. If it is not, you need to click the Titles and Generators button, which is in the upper left corner of Final Cut Pro. Once you have the dedicated text sidebar, you can use it to add text to your project. Before you add text, make sure the playhead indicator is at the correct point in the timeline. You will add text to whichever point in the timeline you have selected, so scan through to where you want the text to go. Clicking "Titles" in the sidebar will bring up your options in the browser. You can also browse different text categories by clicking the Titles disclosure triangle. You can add a title by double clicking it. 

Preset Text

There is a simpler way to get text onto your project, as well as a way to add preset text templates. You can click "Edit" at the top of the window and then select "Connect Title." Here, you can add a basic title that is already designed to function as a lower third by selecting "Basic Lower Third." The shortcut for this is "Control + Shift + T."

Editing Text

Once you have added some text to your project, it will appear with just the word "Title" and nothing more. To edit the text to whatever you want it to be, you need to double click it in the viewer window. This will begin editing the text and you can type anything in. You can also adjust the size, position, orientation, and many other aspects of the text by selecting it in the viewer. Finally, you can move its position in the timeline in the same way as any other clip.

Now that you know how to add text in Final Cut Pro, you can move on to learning other advanced editing techniques with Shutterstock.

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