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LiveType Quick Tip

Matte to Background By Stephen Schleicher

While LiveType does a tremendous job in creating motion backs and dynamic text animations for your productions, what do you do when you need to create a hole or matte for a video layer in Final Cut Pro?  This Quick Tip, walks you through creating such an effect with Matte to Background.

Step 1:  Begin by going to Edit>Project Properties, and set the ?composition to the correct aspect ratio.  In this exercise, I will be using the NTSC DV 3:2 settings.

Step 2:  Next find a textured background you would like to use for your project.  This can be found in the Media Browser under the Textures Tab.  For this exercise, I have selected the Smoke>Creator effect.

If you click on Apply to New Track, the texture will be applied as a background layer (below the separator).  While this might be okay if you are using this motion back as the final background, in this exercise, it is not what we want in this example.

Step 3:  Click and drag the layer above the separator to make it part of the foreground elements.

If you wish to tweak the motion layer go to the Inspector>Attributes>Glyph tab and make the necessary changes. 

This motion layer is only 4:00 long and probably not enough for your final project.  In order to create a looping motion layer, go to the Timing Tab and change the loop amount.

Step 4:  For this exercise, I want to have an open oval window to see video information.  Unfortunately, LiveType does not have the ability to create basic shapes (square, circle, oval, triangle, etc.) to use in your project, but it does have Webdings.

From the Fonts Tab (Media Browser window), select the Webdings font and enter a lower case n in the text field. 

You will end up with a small circle in the Canvas window.


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