Template Technique in Final Cut Pro X: Change Placeholder Text

This video demonstrates how you can change the text inside a template in Final Cut Pro X.

One of the great things about using templates in Final Cut Pro is that they’re a great way to add visual interest to your projects in a fast and easy way.

By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, you can also watch the video on How to Use Drop Zones in Templates inside Final Cut Pro.

Free Download: Photo Slideshow Template and Music – A New Season

I have another fun surprise for you today!

It’s a photo slideshow template for Final Cut Pro with matching music, and it’s free. :)

This is a very simple template, but I think it could be useful in many situations.

For example, sometimes you need a simple photo slideshow with music, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time adjusting the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X, selecting and timing music, etc.

This template should help with that problem. It’s a slideshow that’s already animated and is already timed to a specific music track. All you have to do is drop the template into your project, drag the music in, and then click to select each of the photos for the template’s fifteen drop zones.

Everything else is already set.

The included music is a simple piece of gentle music that I composed, and it matches the template’s mood and duration.

I hope you enjoy the template and matching music and that you’re able to get some use out of them. :)

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CLICK HERE to download the template.

How to Install and Use the Custom Template

This video demonstrates how to install and use the template:

Template Sample

Here’s an example of the template’s final results:

Please note that the template is designed to use landscape (not vertical) photos. Also, you’ll need at least version 10.4.3 of Final Cut Pro X for the template to work.

Free Slideshow Template and Matching Music: “In the Laundromat”

Here’s a Friday Freebie for you!

This is a slideshow template you can use in Final Cut Pro X (or even better, directly in Motion).

Play the video to see a demonstration:

You’ll see in the demo video that I simply dropped in eight casual video clips from a family outing, and the result is a slideshow video that my family can enjoy.

When you use a template like this to make a slideshow, it only takes a few minutes to finish a project.

This free slideshow template bundle comes with:

  • Eight Drop Zones
  • Matching music
  • A matching font

CLICK HERE to download this template bundle.

I’ve released this music and template under a Creative Commons license. You can read the details of the license below.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

How to Install the Font

Please make sure you install the font before you open the template. The font is a required part of the template.

On a Mac, it’s easy to install a new font. Just double-click on the font’s file (which is included in the download).

How to Install the Template

To see how to install any template in Final Cut Pro X, you can watch this video:

Where to Store the Music

If you want to see how to get easy access to custom music from inside Final Cut Pro X, you can watch this video.

More is coming…

As I mentioned before, my plan is to keep releasing free content like this, so make sure you stay subscribed.

And if you’re not already on my email list, you can click here to add yourself.

By the way, I love seeing examples of how people use my templates and music. If you use this template/music and share the video publicly, please feel free to forward me a link if you’d like. I’d love to see it! :)

Free Slideshow Template and Matching Music: “In Your Heart”

I have a surprise for you today. I’m releasing another free template and this one has matching free music. Here is a demo of what the template looks like:

This template will work in Final Cut Pro X. (That said, I recommend using templates in Apple’s Motion directly if you have it because you can customize them a lot more.)

Anyway, this is a slideshow-style template. You can use video clips or still photos in the Drop Zones to quickly create an animated slideshow with the matching music, “In Your Heart”.

CLICK HERE to download the template and music bundle!

I’m releasing both the template and the music under a Creative Commons license, which gives you a lot of freedom on how you can use these elements. The details of the license are available by clicking on the link below:

Creative Commons License
In Your Heart Slideshow Template and Music by Israel Hyman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

About the font…

Another important note: Please make sure you install the font I’m including in the download before opening the template on your computer.

How to Install the Template

If you’re not familiar with how to install templates for Final Cut Pro X, this video should help:

More is coming…

I’ve decided I’m going to be releasing a lot more free content like this, so make sure you keep coming back to this site to see what’s new.

And if you’re not already on my email list, you can click here to add yourself.

This is a simple template with a gentle piece of music. I hope you find it useful!

Fix Frozen Frames in Final Cut Pro X Drop Zones – Izzy Video #312

Using templates with Drop Zones in Final Cut Pro X can be massive time-savers, especially when it comes to adding visual interest to your projects.

However, sometimes Drop Zones can give you unpredictable results. Because of this, I recommend opening the templates in Motion directly.

But not everyone wants to use Motion, so how can we make Drop Zones work well in Final Cut Pro X?

There are a couple main problems I see with Drop Zones:

  1. Freeze frame shows instead of video. If you’ve ever had a Drop Zone show a frozen video frame, this video will show you how to fix it.
  2. Drop Zone shows wrong part of clip. If you’ve ever had the wrong part of a clip playing back in the Drop Zone in Final Cut Pro X, this will show how to fix that as well.

Drop Zones can seem broken if you don’t use them in specific way. It’s possible — though not super-intuitive — to get precise results with Drop Zones directly in Final Cut Pro X.

That said, I want to reiterate… My personal recommendation is that if you’re working with Drop Zones in templates, it’s far easier to work directly in Motion. However, not everyone has Motion (or wants to take the time to learn how to use it). If you want to get exact results using template Drop Zones in Final Cut Pro X directly, this video should help.

Keep in mind, for this process to work predictably, you need to follow the steps exactly. You’ll see how it works in the video above.

Although I’m a huge fan of Final Cut Pro X generally (and I use it for most of my projects), it’s definitely not perfect. Drop Zones could be dramatically improved in my opinion.

Anyway, I hope this information helps…

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:

(Make sure you add the extension “.localized” to the “Titles” folder. The full name of the folder should be “Titles.localized” and everything after the dot might be hidden.)

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!