Being Playful: Lighting 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

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Let’s turn attention to something more playful – lighting 3D text.

3D text is exciting because of its depth and the variety of textures available for each surface. But the real excitement comes when you start to play with lighting. Although Motion contains far more lighting and animation options than Final Cut, there are still several adjustments you can make in FCP to add life, texture and color to text.

NOTE: Apple Motion allows keyframing color changes. FCP does not.

Here’s what this looks like so far. Now, the fun part starts.

Deselect Environment to turn off the default general-purpose 3D lighting.

Continue playing until it’s time for dinner.

Here’s where I decided to stop.


This was an excerpt from the book: Final Cut Pro Power Tips, by Larry Jordan.

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