Day 9 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – Quickly connect a title in Final Cut Pro X

Or quickly connect a lower third, even by a keystroke

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One of the strengths of Final Cut Pro X is its fancy graphics and titles, courtesy of Motion templates, 3D text and a very active third party development ecosystem. But I often find that more times than not I’m looking for a very simple title and/or lower third way more often that the fancy stuff. And it was only recently that I learned I don’t have to dig into the Titles and Generators sidebar to find those most basic of titles.

They live right under the Edit > Connect Title menu.

Final Cut Pro X connect title

From there you can connect either a Basic Title or Basic Lower Third. And, of course, they have a keyboard shortcut which can be mapped to something else if you so choose.

Final Cut Pro X connect title keyboard shortcut

FCPX says Connect as these basic titles will be added a Connected Clips to your timeline. This is a simple tip but it can save a lot of time especially if you’re adding a lot of titles as placeholders.


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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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