A Title for FCPX

User Guide

Installation instructions:

This looks like a lot of parameters, but they are broken down in to easy sections and in order of general importance, so to speak. This title has a “build in” and “build out” that animates the title into the scene at the beginning and out of the scene at the end. The lengths for both are 1/2 second which will remain constant whether the title is stretched out or reduced in the storyline. This title was designed to move, otherwise it would have been called “Siesta”.

Workflow Tips

If you select the title and type ‘/‘, the title will loop and you can make changes in real time. (If it doesn’t loop, type Command-L to toggle on looping).

If you do nothing, Fiesta will animate in from the top of the frame to the center of the view, stay for 4 seconds and animate out upwards off the screen.

Begin with the ANIMATION CONTROLS. Set a custom Direction In. Try -90° to start the animation in from the left side and set Direction Out to +90° to move the title out to the right at the end.

Go down to the RANDOMNESS section. Change Position Amount to about 30.

Add Z Rot. Rnd Amt – about -25 and increase the Angle Freq to about 0.3. (The slider only moves in the positive direction— click on the number and drag downward with the mouse.

Go down to the SPOT GENERATOR section and dial down the Spot Color(s) parameter. The default is a single white color:

Notice the Interpolation is set to Constant. This means you can create a discreet color “table” of colors to be applied to the random spots.

Right click on the small square under the left corner and select a color from the color palette popup.

Click on the bottom “bar” at another location to create a new “tab” and right click on it in the same way and pick a second color. Continue for as many colors as you would like to add.

Note: if you reset the Title from the top of the Title Parameter list, the published “gradient” tools will reset to a blue-gray to blue gradient with the Interpolations set to Continuous which creates a smooth gradient between the two tabbed colors. The behavior of the tool also changes and new tabs will also be continuous. To change back to Constant, strip off the end tab (click and drag straight down until it pulls off), click on the other tab and set the Interpolation to Constant. Then, as you add new tabs, they will also be Constant (again).

This same technique can be applied to the Text Coloring for banding colors on the text.

That is the fundamental, simple workflow. Experiment with all the rest. The parameter descriptions below should give you enough information for how to proceed.

To copy the settings from one instance of Fiesta to others, simply option-drag a copy to another location in the storyline. To Save a set of parameter settings, create a Compound Clip to use later.

Parameter Descriptions

Main Controls

Title Opacity: This parameter controls the overall opacity of everything in this title. It is helpful when animating the contents directly forward or directly backward into the scene.

Text Coloring: Although initially set to a single color, this control is a “Gradient” control which includes Opacity. The default setting for new color additions is “Constant” which will create a “banded” look. This setting can be changed any time and for any color swatch by changing the Interpolation to Continuous. Dial down the disclosure triangle to reveal the gradient parameter controls.

Animation Controls

Direction In/Out:  Presented is the Z axis direction control. 0° is straight up, 90° is due right, etc., so the angle is with respect to the line coming straight out of the screen. Dialing down the disclosure triangle reveals X and Y axis directions. X is left/right and Y is up/down.  Move the playhead to near the beginning of the title in the storyline to manipulate these values to determine from where the title moves into the scene. As an example, the default direction is from directly up. Increasing the X axis rotation to 90° will cause the starting position to be directly away from the viewer and -90 (or 270) will start the title behind the viewer (off-screen).  Use Y axis rotation will move the starting position left or right of the center line. It is best to position the playhead and watch where the title moves as these values are changed.

Amplify Direction: The default amount of movement is from just outside the bounds of the video frame. When animating from away or behind the viewer (you), it becomes necessary to lengthen the amount of “distance” travelled. This parameter will make the animation both faster and have the effect of making it travel farther by up to 400%. Keyframe the Title Opacity to help fade the effect for distance.

Start X/Y/Z°
End X/Y/Z°
These values can be used to set the starting and ending orientation of the Title with respect the the plane of the Viewer.


Position Amount: How much the title moves around the center point

Pos. Freq.: How often the movement changes (randomly – based on “seed”)

Pos. Noise: How *severe* the changes will be

Pos Rand Seed Click the    to create a new random value or double click the number and type in your own.

X/Y/Z° Rot. Amt: How much the Title rotates

Angle Freq: How often the rotation changes

Angle Noise: How severe the changes will be

Angle Freq and Noise control the settings for all three rotations.

Angle Rand Seed: This is a slider with 20 different random seeds. This will help setting up how the title looks at a particular point within the animation. Set the Playhead at a specific point and use this slider to set the randomized angle at that point in time.

Spot Generator

Spots: The number of spots generated

Scale Randomness: The randomness of the size of each spot generated

Spot Color(s): A gradient tool like the Text Coloring, pre-set for Constant color change. Simply keep adding colors to the gradient as needed

Randomize Spots: Randomizes the positioning, scaling, and coloring of the spots.

Text Controls (For your convenience – duplicated in the Title Inspector)

Text: the copy of the text in the title

Collection: if you organize your font into Collections in Font Book, those collections can be selected here (this is NOT a feature available in the Text Inspector!)

Line Spacing

Drop Zone Controls

Use Drop Zone: This will turn on or off the drop zone. 

Drop Zone: The drop zone, by default, is filled with a transparent PNG. It will not appear even if the Use Drop Zone option is selected until you change to content to another clip or image.

Scale: By default, the drop zone is full screen. This value can be used to scale down the media

Pan: This value can be used to offset the media from the drop zone center.

Scale and Pan can be used to shrink and position images or video in your title scene.