Forum Question: How Do I Set a Default Font In FCP X?

Can you tell me how to set a default font in FCPX for titles? Right now the default font is Helvetica. For instance, if I want to use Trebuchet for all my titles, every time I make a new title I have to scroll waaay down to get to Trebuchet.
A bonus question…would you mind sharing how you make the little video frame you use in your screencasts? How it appears you are looking down at the main screen.
Thank you in advance

Comments: 7 Responses to “How Do I Set a Default Font In FCP X?”

    9/9/12 @ 9:23 pm

    Hard to figure out, I know. You can’t use a font inspector, it doesn’t use the last font you selected, you can’t even type in the name of the font or the first letter to jump to a font in the list.
    But there is actually a way to do this quickly.
    Add a new title. Then set the font. size, etc.
    Select the title in the timeline and look in the inspector area where you usually set the font. The “text” inspector. At the very top it probably reads something like “Normal” — maybe you didn’t notice that. Took me a while to notice it.
    Click on that and you get a list of saved font styling settings. Some pretty neat stuff.
    But in addition to that, you see “Save Basic Attributes” and “Save Style Attributes” and a third option that does both. Select that and you can name your style. Maybe something with the letter “A” or a “1” at the start so it is near the top of the list.
    Then you can easily set the style of any title selected.
    So that should make things better for you. But I have another suggestion. If you find that you need to set many titles that are basically the same — same title type, font, style, etc — but just different text, then consider copy and paste instead of creating a new title each time. Copy, paste and then change the text. You can also option+drag a title to duplicate it quickly.

      9/9/12 @ 9:24 pm

      Oh, one more idea. Motion. That $50 add-on app to FCPX called “Motion” allows you to build new titles. So, you could create a title that uses your default font. That could also make things easier.

      9/13/12 @ 7:14 pm

      Now that I know how to add custom attributes, (thank you very much), how do I delete an attribute?


        9/13/12 @ 7:29 pm

        Good question. Doesn’t look like there is a way to do it inside of FCPX. But I found them by going to my Library folder (Option+Go, select Library) and then Application Support, Motion, Library, Text Styles.

          9/14/12 @ 7:32 pm

          I went to the Library folder. I only found 3 sets of 2 files, two I made and the other was “Normal”. There were 2 files for each style, .molo & .png. I moved one set I made to the trash. I then started up FCP and it crashed. I tried about 5 times and it would crash every time. I then moved the trashed files back into the folder and everything was good again.
          I was surprised to only see the 3 styles. There are 33 stock styles. Those styles have to somewhere on the computer. I looked in the FCP package and didn’t see them. I’m stumped.

            9/14/12 @ 7:40 pm

            I would imagine that the rest are built-in to the app. Those are just the custom ones you made. I guess we are just stuck with whatever ones we make with no way to delete them. Maybe report that as a feature request to Apple.

    9/14/12 @ 8:39 pm

    Thanks Gary, I did send a request to Apple. If I get a response, I will pass it along to you.

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