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Lesson 15. Adding Titles and Graphics > Working with Text Generators

Working with Text Generators

The clips you have used so far have been captured from source material or imported from other files. But Final Cut Pro can create certain clips—called generators, or generated items—internally. These include color bars and tone, which are used as color references; slugs to fill a space with black; color mattes to create background color; and other items. Some generated items stand alone, such as color bars at the head of a sequence. Other items can be used in conjunction with other video clips. When selected, most generated items appear in the Viewer with a length of 2 minutes and a marked 10-second default duration. Color bars and slugs are not marked. All generated items are video-only except for color bars and tone.

Text is one of the generated items that Final Cut Pro can create. Within that category are different types of text options, each with their own set of parameters. Although you may choose a graphic artist or use Apple's Motion or the bundled LiveType applications to create special titles for your project, the generated text options within Final Cut Pro offer many ways to create and control your titles.


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