Hey guys, what’s going on? My name is Serge and welcome back to my channel. Before we get started today. I want to take a minute to talk about plugins for Final Cut Pro. There’s a lot of plugins out there. Some are free, but most cost money and especially for paid plugins for them to be worth the money, they have to do one of two things These plugins either need to add a feature that Final Cut Pro doesn’t have like Motion Tracking, Advanced Stabilization, or similar, or take something that can be done and make it easier and faster. The Animated Fonts plug-in from Pixel Film Studios we’re taking a look at today does both. What this plug-in does is animate your titles on screen to make them look like they’re being written or painted on. You can do this in Final Cut Pro without plugins by either adding and key-framing a draw mask, or using Apple’s Motion to animate the title. I’ve done tutorials in both of these and if you ever tried it, you know how tedious that could be. It takes forever and the results are less than perfect. The animator fonts plug-in makes this process much easier and a lot faster. It also includes animations that you simply can’t achieve using the draw mask method or even by using Motion. So let’s jump into Final Cut Pro and take a look at what we can do with the Animated Fonts plug-in from Pixel film studios. After installing the Animated Fonts plug-in open the titles and generators browser and scroll down to the Pixel Film Studios Animated Fonts category. This plug-in includes a number of different presets including Classic Cursive Hand Stroke Light Path Notebook Paintbrush and more. It also includes a custom Light Path preset with up to 10 control points that you can use to highlight parts of your video. We’ll take a look at this at the end of this video First, let’s take a look at using some of these custom Font Presets to make an intro for one of my videos. Each one of the Animated Font presets comes with a set of uppercase characters, lower case and a set of special characters. For this demo, I’ll use a combination of including fonts to make a video intro. For the top line I’ll use this cool looking Scribble Hand preset. I’ll select a number and special characters preset and drag and drop it into my timeline. Skim through the clip to see what the animation looks like. This is an example of a font that would be impossible to do in Final Cut Pro without this plug-in. Next, with the playhead over the clip, let’s head up to the titles inspector to customize it. First from the character type drop-down menu select your character. Under that select animation type and speed for the start and end animations . For mine, I’ll turn off the end animation. Next in the Transform controls, you can adjust the position, rotation, and the size of your characters. In the style controls you can change a color, line thickness and the roundness of the corners. Here’s what we have so far. For the next character we can go through all the steps again, or an easier way to do this, is just to copy the first clip Hold down the Option key, and drag up on the clip to duplicate it. With your top clip selected, in the inspector, change your character and position, and adjust the appearance if you want it to look different. Repeat these steps until your title is complete. With this preset you can’t change the animation speed, so if you want it to animate on screen faster, select all your clips and press Option G to combine them into a compound clip. We can now press command R to bring up the re-time menu and adjust the timing this clip to speed up or slow down your animation. You can also use the transform controls to reposition and resize an entire title without having to do it individually for each… …character without having to do it individually for each character. For mine, I want it to start in the middle and then after the animation is complete, move up to make room for another title. Move the playhead to where the animation just ends, and add a key-frame to the Transform controls. Move the playhead ahead about 10 frames and drag the entire title up to the top half of the frame. Click done. Here’s what we have so far. Let’s add another title under first one. Move your playhead to a frame after the transform animation, pick your next font, and select one of the character sets. Press Q to connect it to your timeline. Once again, select your character, adjust the scale and position, and adjust the appearance. For this preset, you can also adjust the animation speed by dragging the slider. Let’s drag it all the way up. And just like the previous title, let’s turn off our outro animation. Copy and adjust this clip as many times as necessary to make a full title. If we play this back you can see the characters animate on at the same time. To make this more realistic, let’s make them come on screen one after another. Move your playhead to where the animation your first character ends and click and drag the clip above it to the playhead Do the same to the rest of the clips. Once done ripple trim the ends of the clips to the same length, and combine them into a compound clip. You now re-time your clip, and use a transform tools to resize and reposition your whole title. If you want this animated title over a video clip, simply connect a video clip under the title or drag the compound clips over a clip that’s already in your timeline. The black background is transparent, so whatever clip is under the title clips will show through Next let’s take a look at the custom Light Paths included in this plug-in. This allows you to add a custom animation to your clip with up to 10 individual points. These work great for highlighting parts of your clip. In the next example, from one of my previous videos, let’s use a custom light path to highlight this Beat Mark button. Grab the 5 point Light Path clip from the browser, and add it above your timeline. In the viewer, move the control points to make a square shape around the part you want to highlight. Place the last control point over the first one to complete the rectangle With the title clip selected, in the inspector, adjust the parameters of the Light Path to make it look exactly the way you want. If you want to speed up or slow down the animation, select your title clip, and press Option G to make it into a compound clip. You can now press Command R to bring up the re-time menu and adjust the speed. Here’s what I finished result looks like. The animated fonts plugin from Pixel Film Studios allows you to add some really cool text animations to your project But, because of the complex animations included in this plug-in, you have to be running at least Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 or newer. Also make sure you have background rendering turned on and fully render out your files before playing them back. This will help you get the best performance out of this plug-in If you’re interested in trying the Animated Fonts plug-in from Pixel Film Studios when checking out make sure to use a coupon code SERGEPIXEL for 30% off this plug-in, limited to the first 500 users. A big thank you to Pixel Film Studios for sponsoring this video, and making effects like this possible with their plug-ins. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you back here next week.

Dereck Turner

18 thoughts on “QUICKLY AND EASILY WRITE OR PAINT ON TITLES | FCPX Animated Fonts Tutorial

  1. William Extra says:

    Good am Serge!

  2. pal2tech says:

    Outstanding! Picking up one now. They look great!

  3. John Woodside says:

    Fabulous Serge, another invaluable tutorial to make life easier. Can't wait for Monday's keep them coming.

  4. Anilkumar Kottayam says:

    Thank u Sir Nice Video

  5. ohoii digital media & copywriting says:

    Thanks for the great tut. my only beef is that clients often require use of their company’s fonts. Would be great if it were possible to include a customized font option.


    Thanks Serge

  7. Remco de Wilde says:

    thanks, but the coupon code does not seems to work in the Netherlands?

  8. David Bracho says:

    Very cool plugin. I have tried using my iPad with Procreate recording my handwriting. The results are not always stellar. And Dang, tried using the coupon code and all ready it expired! I guess a lot of people were on board with this plugin 🙂

  9. Bill Fried says:

    Thanks, and it looks terrific, but I am running Sierra and have FCPX 10.4. Will it work?

  10. Damian Whitcombe-Smith says:

    Great video, unfortunately the code does not work

  11. Tim Delaney says:

    Hi, Just got a message on checkout that your coupon code is "not applicable"?

  12. Tim Delaney says:

    Thanks! Keep up the great videos!

  13. Neon Panda TV says:

    Hello Serge, once more a great tutorial. Keep crushing it!
    BTW, the cupon code is not working.

  14. Leros OnLine says:

    Thanks Serge ….. nice tutorial …. have you any inspiration with pixel film studios photo depth …. nice result but difficult to perform with … ;-))))

  15. Drone Kings in Darwin says:

    I have the animated fonts package. I can’t get my head around making sure they are all level but equally spaced. Any tips?

  16. ricky v says:

    Good review sir. A lot of these plug ins would take forever to recreate. Thank you Serge. Stay stoned! 😉

  17. Shandy Brandy says:

    Oh my best FCPX teacher, I was just thinking of you and incidently the notification bell just alerted me of your awesome tutorial video in my mobile. Thank you for this video

  18. Tony Okun says:

    100% HEMP!.. Great tips as always, I heard people having issues using Pixel Film Studios plugins, how has it been for you Serge?

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