Making Sure Titles Fit on TV Screens

If you plan to show your work on a TV screen or monitor at any time, you’ll want to avoid the possibility of having your titles disappear off the edge of the frame. To do this, turn on the Title Safe indicators before you create the title, and restrict any text you add to the space within the title safe boundary.

Note: Because few video projectors use masking, title safe boundaries may not be important for movies displayed with video projectors.

The title safe boundary is 20 percent smaller than the overall size of the frame, whether you’re using NTSC or PAL. Though different manufacturers use different amounts of overscan, the title safe boundary is guaranteed to be the minimum displayed area of your image on television.

Note: When working with video that has 16:9 aspect ratio, the Title Safe indicators and Action Safe indicators also show tick marks to indicate the limits of 4:3 aspect ratio Title Safe indicators and Action Safe indicators. Use these tick marks as guides when you want to ensure that your media will appear correctly when shown at 4:3 aspect ratio as well.

To display the Title Safe indicators
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Show Title Safe, so a checkmark appears next to it.

  • Choose Show Title Safe from the View pop-up menu in the Viewer, so a checkmark appears next to it.

To hide the Title Safe indicators
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Show Title Safe, to remove the checkmark.

  • Choose Show Title Safe from the View pop-up menu in the Viewer, to remove the checkmark.

Important: If you are not able to see the title safe boundary in the Viewer or the Canvas and you are certain that the Title Safe indicators are enabled in Final Cut Pro, make sure your Mac OS X display preferences are set to millions of colors. Choose Apple > System Preferences, click Displays, and then choose Millions from the Colors pop-up menu.