Modular Closing Credits with ProCredits in Final Cut Pro X
Over a Dozen Closing Credit Layouts
ProCredits comes with a variety of pre-made credit layouts for users to work with. Choose from column presets that allow alterations of the space between columns, single isolated credits and formats designated for cast, crew, music and many more purposes. ProCredits gives users every format they could want to display credits.
Two Types of Animation
There are two main types of presets included in ProCredits. Presets that fade in and out and presets that scroll from bottom to top. Both types include all the pre-designed credit layouts. Alter the speed of scrolling animations by stretching the title layer in the timeline. Stretch the title layer for fading presets will allow the credits to stay on screen for longer.
Includes Background Overlay
The credit presets included in this package can be placed over any media or backdrop in the FCPX timeline. ProCredits includes a background overlay tool that functions as a color solid that you can decrease the visibility to and blur the layers underneath. Users can create more dynamic backdrops for their credits this way by using footage.
Variety of Drop Zone Tools
ProCredits also includes drop zone tools with completely customizable on-screen controls. Choose presets with 1-4 drop zones to work with and add as many as you please. Drop Zone preset can be altered in size and position using on-screen controls so that users can create any layout. Scrolling drop zone presets are also included so that users can add them to rolling credits.
ProCredits comes in pieces so that users can create an endless amount of unique credits by piecing presets together. Place the background overlay above footage first, if necessary. Fading credits can be placed one after another while scrolling credits should be stacked so that users can accurately time the distance between sections.
Create Unique Styles
The basic credits format used in ProCredits can be used in any project, but users can add their own flavor to their closing credits easily by adjusting colors, fonts and backgrounds. All text can be edited by turning on the Edit Text checkbox and selecting the text in the Viewer window. ProCredits allows users to get creative using Final Cut Pro X.
ProCredits Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to professionally create ending credits with the ProCredits Lesson from Pixel Film Studios.
Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Lets begin by locating ProCredits in the FCPX titles Library.
ProCredits gives users a variety of presets to choose from which will help create a professional credit scene.
For this example we will start off by adding a background overlay and a drop zone to our footage.
First Click and drag your footage to the timeline.
Then drag over the background overlay preset.
In this example we will drag the background overlay to same length as our footage.
After click the background overlay adjustment layer and go to the inspector window.
Adjust color, opacity and blur amount.
Step 2 - Drop Zone Controls
Next we will add a drop zone.
For this example we will be using the 1 Drop zone preset.
Click and drag the preset on top of the background overlay adjustment layer.
In this example we are going to cut the drop zone adjustment layer a little shorter than the footage and background overlay.
By adjusting the length of drop zone and credit presets will alter the speed.
For example the shorter the adjustment layer the faster the animation and the longer the adjustment layer the slower the animation.
Now that we have the drop zone in the timeline, select that drop zone adjustment layer and go to the inspector window.
Let’s begin by filling the drop zone.
Click the drop zone icon.
When highlighted select your media in the FCPX media library.
Then click apply clip in the bottom right hand corner of the viewer window.
Now that we have our drop zone filled you can customize it to your liking.
The fade in and fade out checkboxes are optional.
For this example we are keeping both of them enabled.
You can adjust position, width and height in the inspector window or by using the on-screen controls in the viewer window.
Lastly adjust your media in the drop zone by altering the pan and scale.
Step 3 - Credit Controls
Next we will insert scrolling cast credits.
For this example we will be using the cast preset from the scrolling section.
Drag the preset into the timeline.
Again you adjust the speed of the scrolling by making the adjustment layer shorter or longer.
After you have find the right speed, Select the adjustment layer and go to the inspector window.
In this example we want the cast credits to scroll from off screen so we will leave the start of screen check box enabled.
Adjust position using the slider in the inspector window or using the control puck in the viewer window.
Now let’s move on to the text controls.
In order to change text font you will need to select the editable text checkbox.
Then double click the text you would like to change.
After highlight the text and click the text tab in the inspector window, There you will be abel to select a font of your choosing.
Once you have your text altered make sure to deselect the edit text checkbox before rendering.
Next you can control the spread between the left and right text.
When adding more credits, Make sure to stack the next preset towards the end of the previous credit animation so you won’t have credits overlapping each other.
PROCREDITS Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find PROCREDITS?
Once the installation is complete, you can find PROCREDITS in the FCPX Titles library.
How do I edit my text?
To edit text, check the box at the top of the Text Controls section in the Inspector that is labeled Edit Text. Then, double-click the text in the viewer window to edit.
Why did my scrolling credits preset freeze?
This happens very rarely in Final Cut Pro X after altering the length of a scrolling credits preset in the timeline. To fix, simply restart Final Cut and it will be back to normal.
I applied my Media to a Drop Zone preset, but it freeze-frames my media, how do I fix this?
This is a very common glitch in FCPX with Drop Zones (Media Place Holders). A trick is to compound any media and then placing the compound into a Drop Zone to get it to play back. If you do not know how to compound a clip, simply highlight the clip on the timeline, rick click on it and select "New Compound Clip".