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Final Cut Pro Tutorial: How To Add Animated Titles and Text

September 5, 2019

– Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. Titles add a whole new
element to your videos. They help you emphasize
points, they help you keep your viewers
engaged, and they help you break up any static videos. There are a few ways to do it. We’ve covered previously how you can make good looking titles, animations
using Adobe After Effects and I’ll put a link on screen now, and below in the description,
but if using Final Cut Pro, we’re going to cover how you
can do some awesome titles from inside Final Cut Pro
and where you can get some great templates from to get your started. (electronic music) Now Final Cut does have titles built in, but they’re standard and pretty boring. You can also create
titles using Apple Motion. But for 18-20 you can get
a template from VideoHive that matches your style, or
your branding, and you can easily set it up and control
it from within Final Cut. This also means you don’t
need to know how to use, or you don’t need to own
Apple Motion, either. Each template has a slightly
different ways of changing things up, and different level of control, but fundamentally, all
the settings are the same. To start off with, head to and come up here to Apple Motion. So you can see, you can
also get video displays, openers, logo stings,
elements and other cool things in here as well. For purpose of this video,
we’re going to click on titles. These are the title template
packs that are available here. If we put our mouse over
them, they’ll start to play. (electronic music) These are examples of the
template files you can purchase and download and use in Final Cut. Just looking at the
prices, $14, $22, 22, 22… Let’s start with this one. This particular one is the
one that we use for a lot of our titles at Primal Video, so some of these might look familiar. (electronic music) Cool, so when you’ve
found one that you like, add it to your cart,
purchase it, download it, and what you’ll end up is a ZIP file. Extract that by double clicking on it. Open that file up. And here, read me first. Should always up the read
me file so it tells you step by step how to install it. Each one is going to
be slightly different, this one is saying to
install all these fonts, so these are all the fonts
that are going to be used in the templates. And down here it tells you
how to install the theme for Final Cut whether you’ve
got motion installed or you don’t have motion installed. It’s literally just copy the folder into the Final Cut plugins folder. Once you’ve got your templates installed, head back into Final Cut. Now when you want to add a title, which is up here in the new version, and under titles we’ll see the templates that we just bought. Putting your mouse over them
and sliding the cursor around will show you what they
actually look like. You can see just for the
one purchase of $22 US, we’ve got a heap of awesome
titles in here that we can use in our videos. Then it’s just a matter
of selecting the title you want to use, dragging
it down into your timeline, we can see there as we just
scrub across, it will animate, no, maybe I’ve got to play it. There you go, so that’s
the title straight out. If we click on it and we come up here and this is where we can edit it. The icon with the T or the
title inspector is where you’ll find most of the options. The build in and out is to
turn on and off the animation to build the title in or
animate in and to build out or animate out. Obviously here text 01,
first line of text goes here. Second line of text goes here. So we could do something like… Justin Brown… PRIMAL VIDEO. All the rest of the settings here, are just to customize that up. Adjust frame length, adjust the frame width,
make it thicker or thinner, we can… adjust the center
line width which was part of that animation in there. Scrub through slowly. That’s that center line right
there, so we can make that thinner or thicker. We can also change the colors
of everything in here as well. We’ve got a great level of
control over the titles. If you want to change the
fonts, come up here to the text inspector. That will let us change the fonts. And change the text position,
change the font size, all of these sorts of things,
we’ve really got a great level of control over the title. All of this is directly from our timeline. We haven’t gone out to
Apple Motion, all of this is done live in our editing
software and when we hit play, it just plays back. If you want to pick the
title up and move it around, then you’ll come over here
to the video inspector and under position we can
adjust the x and y position. If we want to put it down
in the bottom left corner, then we can just make
these adjustments here. So those are really quick examples. Let’s grab another one now to show you, this is one that we use quite often, I’ll drop this one down. Double click on it, edit the text. POINT 1. What we would normally do it
we would copy and paste this, so command C, and command V, My point one… I’ll extend those out so they
run the same amount of time. POINT 1 will come on and then we’ve got POINT 2… That we’ll change to POINT 2. And we would adjust the
position of this one. What you’ll see here
when we play this back. POINT 1 comes on when we’re
talking about POINT 1. Then when we’re talking about
POINT 2, POINT 2 comes on. In this case, we’ve got them
here so they both finish at the same time, so you’ll
see in just a second, they’ll both animate out at the same time. That’s really powerful and
really simple and all for $22 US. That’s just insane. Make sure you check out If you’ve found this video
helpful, make sure you give us a thumbs up. Now that your titles are
sorted, another big element is the music, so here’s a
video with our recommendations on where to source the
music for your videos.


  • Reply NonuArtz December 9, 2016 at 11:27 am


  • Reply Ali hussain December 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

    u are osum!

  • Reply Yo másmás December 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Hey Justin, any idea if something like this can be done with Screenflow? – Dennis

  • Reply Kranti saini December 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    like from india

  • Reply IcyLegioN December 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Justin I like the lighting on this video because the video was on too bright or too dark!! Just my opinion.

  • Reply Michael Hewell December 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Love your videos! So easy and show everything clearly. Appreciate your sharing! 👍

  • Reply Marc-André julien December 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks Justin!! I would be interested to see how to do with Premiere Pro 🙂

  • Reply Ken Jones Real Estate Advisor December 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Great video!!! I'm in the final prep stage before relaunching my real estate info and training website for which I plan on relying heavily on video. The info you provide has been extremely helpful to me. And, I just want to let you know how grateful I am. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Sofia qureshi December 17, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Should we need to install first FINAL CUT or ADOBE?

  • Reply Satyam Arts December 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks Justin!! I would be interested to see the best vdo edit plgins cutpro for smooth ado quality !!

  • Reply Rob T December 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Loved it! Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Reply Punta Cana Best Excursions January 3, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Good stuff dude keep it up more new videos

  • Reply Just Krp January 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Please someone help me. I have 20 min videos., when i drag and drop into Final Cut Pro X it shortens my videos to 6 mins. Please help me someone with some tips !!

  • Reply Matthew Beavers January 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

    what is motion?

  • Reply TheQbanGirl Gamer January 20, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hi I have Premiere Element this will work if I buy it??

  • Reply Final Cut, Premiere Pro & After Effects Templates January 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Well done Justin! Just saw my item: on your video. Looks cool 🙂

  • Reply Rushikesh Ghodke January 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Yo Justin I'm thinking of buying a new laptop for my upcoming YouTube channel and also for my college stuff. What's your advice windows OR mac's? I'm thinking of buying mac

  • Reply Martin Cocimano January 23, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Justin, when the video starts and your name appears, how have you done that cool effect? Looks great, thank you 🙂

  • Reply Harry Pomerantz January 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Hi, I just paid about 50$ for two sets of titles from video hive. When I try to download them, I just get a folder and when I open it, I have only a few tutorial files and no titles. I also don't get a zip file. Please help

  • Reply Trailjunkie January 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Justin thanks! Just recieved my new MacBook Pro with final cut pro installed. Just getting into video editing mainly for my mountain bike hobby. Your videos are very helpful and very well done so just subscribed!

  • Reply Kenny Short January 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    I can't seem to get the fonts loaded, I downloaded prior to bringing update 2.0 into fcpx any ideas?

  • Reply YaNanGotBeats February 3, 2017 at 11:03 pm


  • Reply ArtsyPutsy February 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

    at some certain angles, you look like chris martin.. and this is a good video. quite helpful

  • Reply BlaqRoo February 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I'm in Australia I downloaded the "quote" theme but it doesn't show up in FCPX really disappointed 😔 Any advice will be great!

  • Reply CJ Takeda February 13, 2017 at 5:20 am

    What version of FCP are you using?

  • Reply Kim and Keith February 24, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Hello! How do you make the font box in the thumbnail (black box over the white fonts!) would help very much thanks!

  • Reply Marcelo Santana March 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Loved the video. Just learned in 5 minutes something that most people makes sound so hard to do when we need produce a simple video. Thanks and keep the great videos.

  • Reply Oliver Jordan March 16, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    He looks just like Chris Martin from Coldplay

  • Reply Chadeveryday March 19, 2017 at 4:21 am

    In case anyone downloaded a pack that does not include instructions if you DO NOT own MOTION…here is what you do!

    Go to the following and PASTE the pack you downloaded (not the zip file)

    /applications/Final Cut Pro (Right click and select "show package contents")/Plugins/MediaProviders/MotionEffect.fxp/Contents/Resources/Templates/Titles

    Hope that helps anyone who had the problem I did 🙂

  • Reply Dr Ada April 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Justin, I am a beginner, it is not clear how to install the template. Where exactly do I go to get into the applications/folder/plugin to insert the folder? Thanks

  • Reply Dean Gibson April 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Cool! Thanks.

  • Reply Dr Ada April 29, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I bought, downloaded, used in my edit – next day it had disappeared in my final cut pro 10.3 (left that red screen). how do I find these missing files?? plus it was so tedious uploading all the files now it seems I have to do it all again. any tips on how to fix this and so this doesn't happen again

  • Reply Michelle C May 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Hi Justin this is fantastic! I downloaded it and it'll be great for future projects… But for this one I need text box like this, and I just can't seam to find here! Any ideas? Thanks in advance..

  • Reply Leslie D June 8, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I already did the installation steps you are supposed to do when you don't own motion but my new titles doesn't appear in the titles section on Final Cut Pro. Do you know why this could be happening?

  • Reply JMORDANTV June 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I love your videos, one of the best channels on youtube.

  • Reply MinderestingPictures June 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for the awesome tipps!!!

  • Reply JMORDANTV June 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    With a standard license can I make multiple youtube videos or just one youtube video per license?

  • Reply bubbleLoppicus June 21, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Can't figure out how to do the pasting… Very annoying.

  • Reply Lauren Simon June 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I'm having trouble! It didn't come with instructions but I did the copy and paste and it still isn't showing up 🙁

  • Reply Antoine Mandy July 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I purchase a pack of titles and I can see them in FCPX in the titles area but when I mouse over them or drag them into the timeline all I get is a red screen with a T and a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark. Please help

  • Reply Mundo Despierto July 8, 2017 at 7:23 am

    About to launch a tech channel…this little tutorial was sooooo useful. Thanks yet again.

  • Reply Nina Munoz July 18, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I have a question.. I purchased a glitch title from video hive and I tried following step by step in this video… When I clicked the download..the files were all a blank paper icon and I wasn't able to click on them.

    Did I do something wrong?

    Thank you

  • Reply M A G A July 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Great vídeo. You know which program Apple use to make text Animation in séries How shot with iPhone 7?

  • Reply Jai Dhankher August 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

    it shows the files are offline

  • Reply Olley Thorpe August 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Sick video, need to download these for my fitness vlogs.

  • Reply Guri Bigham August 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Do these templates work in Final Cut Express also? Thanks in advance!

  • Reply Sovereign August 31, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Hey, you looks a bit like Chris Martin from Coldplay….!!👍👍😁😁

  • Reply Posture Protector October 26, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Justin! I love videohive! But curious if you can answer a question for me. I found this title on video hive I absolutely LOVE: 
    However, I need this same type of title for FCP X. But can't seem to find any vendors on video hive that offer this (I've searched for weeks). Do you happen to know any other comparable sites that offer similar titles like video hive. This style of titles is everywhere now, and I don't know the official name for them is "Blocky Titles". This link seems to be the only place on earth to find them lol. PLEASE HELP ME!!! any guidance on how to acquire titles like this for fcpx is greatly appreciated! (I'm a novice in editing so I need something I can plug into fcp)

  • Reply Urbaneism November 5, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I️ downloaded one, how do you change the resolution? The letters look blurry and low quality. Thanks in adv

  • Reply GrindHardPeezy November 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    maybe you should change this too. how to Purchase animations for Final Cut Pro

  • Reply Smart Drive Test November 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Justin – super helpful. Thanks mate. All the best, Cheers Rick I'm downloading the pkg as we speak.

  • Reply Jonathan Santos November 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

    YES!!! Thank you! I was looking for tutorials not event thinking about the fact that there was stock templates available for purchase. You're the man!

  • Reply Party Gamers December 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    did you know that final cut pro is 300 euros?

  • Reply Luís Maria Trip January 15, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Can I use this tittle in my YouTube monetize vídeo? Thanks

  • Reply PC media7 January 24, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Can You Help me with this?:

  • Reply People Impacting The World February 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Justin , great channel , keep doing what you doing! , quick one, when buying intro's / text ect .. do you have to buy the apple motion or are you able to buy the adobe from envato and use it in fcp

  • Reply Tell Aragao March 22, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Hi. Do you have any ideia if I purchase a pack like this I can use the titles as many times as I need? Or is it limited? Because I saw something on video hive website about the license and I got confused. thank you in advance.

  • Reply Steve Dreben April 6, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Good show!

  • Reply Dean Gibson April 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Hi, I have some questions. Once the titles have been purchased, can you keep using them under the one licence or do you need a licence for each video you create? An example would be using them week in week out for your YouTube Channel.
    Do Titles come under the 'Tools Licence'?

  • Reply Robert Martinez April 11, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Question I use some preset title and a message came out saying it was editable now, then I unchecked the option then it went to the original text and I rendered it and the message don’t go away?

  • Reply AM VLOGS April 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    really Amazing Video Helped Me Alot Thanks Sir 🔥

  • Reply legend grandpa April 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    The color is too warm bro…..

  • Reply JustJoshin' May 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Anyone know where to get stuff like this for free?

  • Reply Screwface May 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    so this tutorial is showing you how to download a template? what a waste

  • Reply Jorge Luis May 19, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Hi, cool! but it works PGN + channel alpha? i Looking for a bubble text, and there is only in this format!!

  • Reply Griff Duncan May 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Dude, THANK YOU for this

  • Reply Less Talk, More Delicious May 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    In FCPX, does anyone know how to make titles/text automatically resize itself to fit the screen? …similar to/like how iMovie auto-resizes titles/text.

  • Reply Jerry Long July 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks Justin! I purchased your 60 Final Cut Pro X titles pack, but now it is 99 titles for $27. Just thought you might like an update.

  • Reply Alicia Ramirez July 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    hi I need help how to install the temples

  • Reply SHIN HJ July 22, 2018 at 4:57 am

    thanks informations. and you guys this is video intro name? (lower third)

  • Reply Street Smart Swing July 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you, Justin!

  • Reply Kate Skinner August 13, 2018 at 6:13 am

    dude i feel like ive seen you before were you ever on TV?

  • Reply The Everything Man August 14, 2018 at 4:19 am

    i created an instagram title effect using a title, instagram png logo and a sound effect. can you tell me how to save that as a template to use for every video please? i cant figure it out

  • Reply vv creations August 22, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Dude how to add subtitles by other languages like hindi telugu

  • Reply Angela O'Hare - Las Vegas Realtor October 24, 2018 at 4:04 am

    How do you save the color and style that you want, so you don't have to change it every time?

  • Reply Kavit Vora FitLife November 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    in my mac in motion templates there is no titles folder

  • Reply Marcus Decimus December 4, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Hi, what I would like to know is how to control the timings of the animated texts . For example, say the animated text animated in 3 parts…. such as 5 seconds for the first part of the text, then 5 seconds for the next part… etc. I want to control the timings of each part. Say 2 seconds for the first part, 10 seconds for the next and 3 seconds for the third.

  • Reply Le Seynt December 28, 2018 at 9:54 am

    This video was a life saver coz after i bought the titles i didnt get any instructions on how to install it without having motions. thanks heaps

  • Reply Robert January 1, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I came here to know how to do titles. Not where do buy them….

  • Reply Will Reynolds January 10, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I came here for titles but got a commercial to buy shit I dont need

  • Reply OCMotivator February 3, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Totally skipped over how to install the template.. ugh

  • Reply Derek Testorff February 15, 2019 at 2:21 am

    So I don't know if i'm doing something wrong or if final cut just update and it's obsolete. At 3:16 when you drop the title down in the timeline you get a purple bar, I keep getting a box like the one at the start of your timeline. Can anyone help? Thanks!

  • Reply Eds the Coverer February 24, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Lol. You look lik Chris Martin.

  • Reply Alfredo Miranda April 14, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Chris Martin

  • Reply XltsGX x April 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Ar Ju Brown

  • Reply BHOXZLEE PLAYZ May 12, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Is final cut pro free?

  • Reply David Darang May 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I appreciate this info Justin thanks

  • Reply The Scran Line June 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Love your videos! They're so helpful!

  • Reply Philip N July 10, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I'm a bit confused here. It says "regular" and "extended license" when you are buying titles. Am I only allowed to use the titles once when I go for the regular license? I'm doing videos for various companies to help with their social media.

    Thank you!

  • Reply Visionary Lex August 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Anyone know the background music he is using for this video? Thank you <3

  • Reply CLEAN Excellence GmbH August 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I really found it helpful, but do you know a way ( or someone else here) How to save the custom Title ? So that i can use it every time without doing all the adjustments and without jumping between projects and copy and paste them…

  • Reply HVAC Uncensored September 2, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Can I use this animations for live streams in Ecamm or just FCPX? Trying to find something that will work in both of possible

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