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Add Motion templates to create lower thirds in Final Cut Pro

Add some extremely cool and highly customizable Motion templates to your footage By David Basulto

If you have ever seen the motion graphics stream across the screen on your favorite TV show, news cast or game show, and dreamed of having that on your own videos, your prayers have been answered. Final Cut Pro, part of Final Cut Studio 2, lets you add some extremely cool and highly customizable Motion templates to your footage to add some pizzazz. It is simple to do too.

Step 1
To add a template to your footage go to either Effects > Master Templates > “xxx”-lower thirds. You can also click on the “A” with the film frame surrounding it on the bottom right of the Viewer and select Master Templates.

Step 2
Choose from the menu a “lower thirds” template. This will open in the Viewer.


Step 3
Preview the template.

Step 4
Add the template on top of your footage in the timeline and keep it selected.

Step 5
In the Viewer click on Controls. You can customize the text here. Also visit the Motion tab to change scale, opacity, rotation and more.

Step 6
Click on the sequence timeline and press Opt P to see a render preview.

Step 7
All done!

As you can see its really simple to do. See my video tutorial below for a full walkthrough.

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David Basulto is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. After 17 plus years, David is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development to distribution. He produces, directs, edits, and now is addicted to motion graphics and 3d. His last film, Death Clique is in Blockbusters nationwide. David is also the host of the In his spare time David is an avid gamer and can be found slaying monsters in the world of Vanguard. For more info visit
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