Customizing Template Clip Parameters in the Viewer
After editing a template clip into your sequence, you can customize its parameters.
Much like generator clip parameters, the customizable parameters for a template clip
are displayed in the Controls tab of the Viewer.
The following template clip parameters can be customized in Final Cut Pro:
Â Text size
Â Text tracking
Â Still images or moving footage
Â Position of still images and moving footage
The timing of a template clip can be adjusted by applying constant speed changes or
time remapping. For more information, see Chapter 17, “
Changing Clip Speed
and Time Remapping
,” on page 337.
To open the Controls tab for a template clip in a sequence:
In the Timeline, move the playhead over the template clip item you want to modify.
Note: This step is not necessary, but it allows you to view changes to your template in
the Canvas while you work in the Viewer.
Double-click the template clip item to open it in the Viewer.
In the Viewer, click the Controls tab.
Tip: Holding down the Command and Option keys after you begin dragging a master
template from the Viewer to the Timeline or Canvas causes the newly created template
clip to open automatically in the Viewer with the Controls tab active. This allows you to
immediately customize the template clip parameters after it is edited into your
sequence. This shortcut also works for generator clips.
Note: Holding down the Command and Option keys before dragging in a window
causes the whole window to move with the pointer. To avoid this when working with
master templates, make sure to start dragging a master template first and then hold
down Command and Option.
You can change text in a template clip by entering text in any available text parameters.
Note: When you create a Motion template file that uses more than one font or font
style within a Motion track, the fonts appear as expected in Final Cut Pro. However, if
you make changes to the text within a Final Cut Pro template clip, the text is limited to
a single font and font style.
Modifying Video and Still-Image Content
You can replace video footage or a still image in a template clip by dragging a clip from
the Browser to a clip well in the Controls tab of the Viewer. The template clip uses the
dragged clip’s In and Out points, so you can determine where a clip begins by setting
its In point before dragging it to the clip well.
To replace video footage or a still image in a template clip:
Open a clip in the Viewer that you want to use as a source clip in the template clip,
then set clip In and Out points if necessary.
Double-click a template clip to open it in the Viewer, then click the Controls tab.
Drag the source clip from the Browser or Viewer to a clip well in the Controls tab of
A clip well only uses a clip’s original media file. Any filters, motion
parameters, or speed changes applied to a clip are ignored when it is dragged to a
clip well. Only clips that refer to a single media file can be used; merged files and
multiclips are not supported.
Working with Master Templates
Modifying Speed and Template Clip Timing
For simple timing adjustments, you can apply speed changes to a template clip just as
you would to any other clip item. For more information, see Chapter 17, “
Speed and Time Remapping
,” on page 337.
For complex timing adjustments in your template animation, you can open and modify
the template file in Motion. However, if you only want to affect the motion of a specific
template clip (as opposed to all occurrences of a master template), you should use the
Open Copy in Editor command. For more information, see the next section, “