Text Generators Available in Final Cut Pro

The table below describes each text generator and includes tips about settings for each generator.

Text generator
Result
Tips for making settings
Crawl
Generates a single line of text that moves horizontally across the screen. You type the text you want to animate in a text entry field. Carriage returns are ignored and all text appears on a single line, like a ticker tape display.
  • You can adjust the overall spacing of the text with the Spacing slider, and the location of the text as it crawls across the screen with the Location slider. The Direction pop-up menu allows you to set the direction in which the text moves.

  • By keyframing the Spacing and Location parameters, you can animate the width of your text as well as its horizontal position over time. If no location keyframes are set, the In and Out points of the generator clip determine the duration of the movement from one edge of the screen to the other. The longer the clip, the slower the movement of the crawl.

Lower 3rd
Generates text in the lower third of the screen. This generator is often used to identify a person or location.
  • This generator provides two independent text lines placed in the lower third of the screen. It does not allow carriage returns.

  • The Tracking, Size, and Opacity parameters can be keyframed to create interesting effects.

  • Select the Auto Kerning checkbox to kern your text automatically so that the spacing between the individual letters of your text is correct.

Outline Text
Generates static text with an outline. This generator allows carriage returns.
  • Text Graphic and Line Graphic clip wells allow you to fill the text or the outline with the image of a clip you apply, rather than a solid color.

  • You can also modify the size, softness, color, and opacity of the background independently of the text. You can use the Back Graphic clip well to apply the image from any clip to the background.

Scrolling Text
Generates text that scrolls up the screen, like credits at the end of a movie. The Scrolling Text generator allows carriage returns.
  • The Indent slider works only with left- or right-aligned text and moves the entire scrolling column to the left or right.

  • The Gap Width slider works only with center-aligned text and lets you define a space between two pieces of text on a single line that are separated by an asterisk (*). For example, if the first line of your scrolling text is “Sally Grey*Director,” moving the slider changes the gap between “Sally Grey” and “Director.” This is useful if you want to create center-aligned, two-column scrolls.

  • The Fade Size slider narrows the vertical display area of your scrolling text in the frame, fading the text in and out at the bottom and the top.

  • The In and Out points of the edited generator clip determine the duration of the scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen (or vice versa). The longer the clip, the slower the movement of the scroll.

Text
Creates a static element of text. This generator allows carriage returns.
  • The font, size, style, alignment, and color of the generated text can be modified. These controls modify the entire text element at once. Tracking, Leading, and Aspect sliders allow you to control the layout of the generated text and can be keyframed to create interesting effects.

  • Select the Auto Kerning checkbox to kern your text automatically so that the spacing between the individual letters of your text is correct. Select the Use Subpixel checkbox to render your text with subpixel accuracy.

Typewriter
Generates text that appears as if typed onto the screen, one character at a time. This generator allows carriage returns.
  • The Location slider moves the text element up and down in the frame, and the Indent slider moves it from side to side.

  • The Pause slider increases or decreases the amount of time it takes for each character to appear onscreen.