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Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4+
Speech Bubble consists of the customizable Speech Bubble title plugin, 8 animated comic book style speech bubble presets, and 4 position presets. On screen controls adjust the size, position, and tail length. Control roundness, tail direction, outline colors, bubble color, and text fade animation to give you a jump start on creating a cartoon look for your project.
The default font, and the font featured in all promo materials is Komika display and can be downloaded here:
Double click the DMG file to mount the installer and agree to the license.
Double click the installer to install the BretFX Speech Bubble plugin and 12 position/shape presets. They will appear in the titles browser in FCP X under BretFX Speech Bubble.
SPEECH BUBBLE INSTRUCTIONS
In FCP X, navigate to the titles browser and find BretFX Speech Bubble. Drag BretFX Speech Bubble or one of the 12 position or shape presets to the timeline. All presets have the same controls and capabilities of the custom Speech Bubble plugin. In the viewer window, the scale and placement of Speech Bubble can be adjusted with the on screen controls. Drag the point in the center of the ring to move the entire bubble around. Drag the ring to control the scale of the bubble. Drag the point at the end of the bubble tail to control it’s length and position. (Not applicable for “Caption” and “Thought” bubbles) Rectangle and Caption also support an additional control on the edge at side farthest from the tail that can be dragged to control the width of the shape. For other adjustments, open the inspector and choose the generator tab where all controls are.
Speech Bubble Controls
With your Speech Bubble title selected in the timeline, open the inspector (if it isn’t already) and choose the Titles tab.
Animate In, Animate Out
Checking these boxes toggles the in/out animation. When Animate In is checked the bubble scales up and moves away from the tail as it fades in. It has a slight bounce to it. When Animate Out is checked, it reverses the animation at the end of the effect.
Bubble Shape & On-Screen Controls
Choose from 8 different shapes. All shapes support on-screen control for size and position. All bubbles except “Caption” and “Thought” support controlling the length and position of the end of the tail with on-screen controls. Rectangle and Caption also support an additional control on the edge at the side farthest from the tail that can be dragged to control the width of the shape.
Bubble Tail Direction
Controls the direction the tail points. Choose from lower left, lower right, upper left, and upper right. Further fine tune the length and position of the tail with the on-screen control.
Controls the size of the bubble. This is directly related to the on-screen control that looks like a ring. Both serve the same function. Adjusting one adjusts the other.
Controls the position of the bubble on screen. This is directly related to the on-screen control residing in the center of the fore-mentioned ring. Both serve the same function and adjusting one adjusts the other.
Controls the color of the bubble itself.
Outline 1 Color
Controls the color of the first, inner outline.
Outline 1 Width
Controls the width of the inner outline.
Outline 2 Color
Controls the color of the second, outer outline.
Outline 1 Width
Controls the width of the outer outline.
You can enter your text here, or double click the text in the viewer window. Click on the text pane in the inspector to control font, size, outline, drop shadow, color, etc. You can control the text position by dragging the text with the mouse, or use the Text Position controls (below) for greater precision.
Controls the position of your text within the bubble. Position can also be controlled by moving the text with the mouse as with all FCP X titles.
Control the Z rotation of the text.
Text Fade In
When this is checked, the text will fade in letter by letter as if being written on. If you have chosen to animate your bubble in, then the text fade animation would begin immediately after the bubble animation.
Fade in Speed
Unlike the bubble animation, the text animation speed is affected by the duration of your Speech Bubble title. Once you’ve set the duration of the Speech Bubble, use the fade in slider to tweak the speed of the text fade in animation.
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