The Voice-Over Equipment I Use

In this video, I share with you the equipment I use to record voice-overs and why I use them.

You have many, many different options to choose from. These items are simply the ones that I personally use.

This is another video that I pulled from the membership library and that I’m sharing publicly. I hope you find the information useful.

3D Variation on the Ken Burns Effect

Nearly all of us have added the so-called “Ken Burns effect” to a photo in a video at some point. It’s a nice effect, and it’s usually better than a static photo that just sits there in the video.

Well if you have the time and interest, you can add a little more oomph to the effect by adding a 3D variation to it.

I wouldn’t do this for every photo, but it could make sense in some cases, and it definitely creates additional visual interest when you use it.

In this video, I demonstrate how to create the effect in Apple’s Motion 5, but you could easily translate it to After Effects if that’s your tool of choice.

By the way, this was originally video #282 in the member’s library. At this point there are nearly 300 videos like this in the member library. If you want to get access to them and you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.

Freebie: Crawling Text in Final Cut Pro X

I have another freebie for you. This is a bundle of 10 crawling text templates for Final Cut Pro X.

What is crawling text? It’s the text that scrolls horizontally across the bottom of the screen, and unfortunately it’s not easy to do with Final Cut Pro X’s built-in tools.

This should help solve that. These titles will make it easy to add crawling text to your projects. Once you install them, they’ll show up in your Titles Browser in Final Cut Pro X.

They require at least version 10.2.1 of Final Cut Pro X.

Click here to download the free crawling text bundle.

If you need a reminder on how to install these titles, this video should help:

I made these templates with Apple Motion. And of course you could do the same thing if you wanted, but I’m hoping this helps save you some time.

I should note that you’ll sometimes hear this type of animation called “scrolling text”, which is technically correct because it is scrolling horizontally. That said, it’s more commonly called “crawling text”, or a “text crawl” when it’s horizontal, and “scrolling text” when it’s vertical.

How to use the crawling text

Once you add a crawling text title to your Final Cut Pro project, you can customize it easily.

You can control the speed of the crawl by changing the length of the text and the length of the title’s bar in your project. If you want the crawl to go faster, shorten the bar. If you want it to go slower, lengthen the bar.

You can change the colors of the graphic elements by using the color wells in the inspector.

You can change the text itself in the inspector as well.

If you want to make other changes outside of these, you’ll need to use Motion to do it. And this kind of customization can be easy to do if you’re familiar with Motion.

Anyway, please enjoy the crawling text bundle! I hope you find it useful!

How to Get Easy Access to More Animations in Final Cut Pro X – Izzy Video 294

This new video demonstrates a workflow that can get you easy access to many more animations in Final Cut Pro X.

It’s a workflow tip that can save you time and make things easier for you.

This is a members-only video, and it’s one of many workflow tips I have in the members’ video library.

If you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.