How to Get Easy Access to More Animations in Final Cut Pro X

This short video demonstrates how to get easy access to more 3D text animations in Final Cut Pro X.

The issue is that some of the animations come with variations that you can’t preview in the Titles Browser. This wouldn’t be a problem if you memorized all of the options available for each title, but who’s going to do that? (I know I wouldn’t be able to remember all the options.)

So instead of memorizing everything, let’s take a couple minutes to set up presets for ourselves.

By the way, this is another example of how Motion can be a super-useful companion to Final Cut Pro X, even for small jobs like this.

These are the basic steps to this workflow:

  1. Control click on the title and open it in Motion
  2. Select the Project layer in the Layers List
  3. Open the Project > Publishing Inspector
  4. Change the animation preset in the pop up menu.
  5. Save the revised title with a new name
  6. Open the Titles Browser in Final Cut Pro and you’ll see the new title variation available for preview

This makes it easy to see what animations are available to use from the Titles Browser. You can preview each variation of the title animations without opening the inspector and changing the animation style before seeing the difference.

It takes a couple minutes on the front end to set it up, but you only have to do it once. And it saves you time later.

Personally, I think it’s worth the tiny bit of trouble, don’t you?

By the way, if you haven’t already seen my free basic Final Cut Pro course, click here to check it out.

3 thoughts on “How to Get Easy Access to More Animations in Final Cut Pro X

  1. Hi Izzy,

    I followed your instructions and everything went well. I created all variations of Basic 3D. But I have one that I want to remove (Basic 3D copy…). How can I remove one that I don’t need anymore?

    1. Here’s how you do that:
      1) Close FCPX
      2) Go to your folder on your computer in your user folder called “Movies/Motion Templates/Titles” and find the title you want to delete.
      3) Select the folder for the extra title, and delete it

      Then you’re all set. :)

  2. Hi Izzy,

    I have a question..sort of the inverse perhaps of what you are describing above. I have a template for FCPX (title) that I would like to use in Motion. Although the FCP file is a .moti file, when I try to open it in Motion it tells me it can only be opened in FCP.

    Any idea how to get that template to open in Motion?

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