Text Focus Effects with ProRack in Final Cut Pro X
Rack Focus From Text To Image
Inspired by the title sequences of many contemporary films, PRORACK allows you to rack focus between your image and your text in Final Cut Pro X. Quickly and easily bring your image into focus as you text blurs away in the few clicks of a mouse.
25 Animation Presets
Don’t worry about having to keyframe every single letter in your text to create cool text movements. We got you covered. With 25 preset text movements you can breeze through moving title sequences. Simply choose one of the 25 movement types in the FCPX titles browser and calibrate the movement settings to your liking.
Add Your Logo
Use ProRack from Pixel Film Studios to rack focus between your logo and your footage to give your video a modern, commercial feel. With ProRack, you can simply insert any png. file into the drop zone in FCPX Inspector and create a depth of field shot with it.
Add Multiple Layers Of Text
Stack multiple ProRack text layers to create even more cool and creative looks in your title sequence. Simply drag and drop the title layers into the timeline over your footage and stagger them in the order in which you want the camera to rack through them.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
ProRack was designed by the team at Pixel Film Studios to work with ease inside Final Cut Pro X. Users can select the text animations they like, and adjust the racking settings until it matches the mood, depth and speed of their clip.
How do I Install ProRack in Final Cut Pro X?
Learn how to Install a Pixel Film Studios Title.
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ProRack Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to create a contemporary title sequence by racking focus between your image and text with the ProRack Lesson.
Step 1 - Setting up the Text
We will start our project by dragging a “ ProRack title” to the storyline above our footage. Then scale the adjustment layer to the desired length.
For this example, we will use the “fade in all” preset and adjust the clip to 5 seconds long.
Select the adjustment layer in the timeline and place the playhead in the center.
Now, you will want to alter the text by double clicking the “text here” placeholder in the FCPX viewer window. Now replace it with your own title.
By selecting the “Text” tab above the control panel, you can access the controls to change the color, font and size of your title.
Step 2 - Racking Focus Settings
Now its time to edit our focus settings. You will need to click on the “Title” tab in the inspector window to see these parameters.
Using the “Rack Focus” In and Out sliders, you can adjust the speed in which your title goes in and out of focus.
The “Rack Focus” In slider measures the amount of time from the beginning of the title that the animation will last, while the “Rack Focus” Out slider measures the amount of time from the end of the title.
For this example, we want the text to reveal itself fast but blur out slowly, so we will set the Rack Focus In to 15 and the Out to 15.
At any point you can drag your play-head back and forth to review the animation you have created.
Step 3 - Combining ProRack
Now we are going to repeat these steps three times to create a ProRack title sequence.
In this example, we will drag three of the “fade in all” presets onto the timeline and stack them over our each other.
Now, we are going to stagger the title layers so that each one starts 2 seconds after the one below it in the timeline.
Now for some Final Touches.
Increasing the “Distance Between Objects” can add depth to the scene by adjusting the background blur and z position of the title.
Using the “Lens Breathing Amount” slider, you can imitate certain types of lenses by adding a slight zoom to the focus racking animation.
ProRack Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find ProRack?
Once the installation is complete, you can find ProRack in the FCPX Title library.