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”.
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:
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.
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This is a simple template with a gentle piece of music. I hope you find it useful!
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:
- 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.
- 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…
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.
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!
Some people use Final Cut Pro X templates as they are. Other people like to customize them like crazy and really make them “their own”.
For example, sometimes we need to change the colors. Maybe we need the color to match a logo, or maybe we need the colors to better match the mood of the video.
Whatever the reason, we need to have control over the colors in a template. Sometimes that can be a simple thing, and sometimes it can be pretty complex. It depends on the way the template is structured.
In this video, I demonstrate how you can customize colors in templates.
This video demonstrates how to install a Final Cut Pro X theme into the proper folders.
Sometimes you don’t want to work with drop zones directly in Final Cut Pro X. Maybe you need to do some serious customization of the drop zone (that you can’t do in FCPX).
Or maybe you have an older version of Final Cut Pro X and the theme doesn’t work in it (but it DOES work in Motion).
This video demonstrates how you might customize drop zones in Motion directly.
By the way, the theme in this video is from my Final Cut Pro X theme bundle #2.
I hope you find it helpful!
This video introduces the basics of using titles from my new Final Cut Pro X themes.