If you want to open with a title, but don’t want a blank background or video behind it, some kind of synthetic background is just what you need. There are plenty of great generators built in to FCP X, but if you want something a little less common, look no further. This collection includes a wide range of options, and you should find at least one that will suit your project perfectly.
What better time of year to nab this collection of generators? While it’s true that most of these are utility generators for trailers and behind-the-scenes title cards, there’s a lovely looking clouds in here too.
If you’ve got kids, you’ll be following the latest craze and making slime after Christmas. If you feel the need to document the process in a video, here’s the perfect generator for you.
Another one from Mikey, pixel grids will never go out of style. Use it behind text, or inside a techy font with blend modes. A definite 8-bit vibe here.
If Mikey’s pixel grid isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Alex4D has another take, a little less retro. Loads of options mean that you can definitely create what you’re looking for with a little effort.
Nostalgic for the classic FCP classic generators? Well, they’re still in Motion, and Ripple Training have made them available to all editors here. A good grab-bag of options.
A handy pack of five fun video backgrounds based on replicators and particles (3D cogs, arcs, and more) generously given away by popular trainer Izzy Hyman.
An improvement on a built-in generator, be sure to watch the video through to the end, then grab the download from the comments.
Another season-appropriate movie, this time you can fill the screen with 20 different kinds of snowflakes. Again, then look for the link in the comments.
There’s a lot you can do with concentric circles. Still, if you’ve never tried before, here’s a great free tool to experiment with. Randomise is your friend if you’re not sure what you want, and remember to push up the scale in Transform if it’s not big enough.
Mikey gets one final entry on this list with a very handy way to fill your screen with a simple 2 or 3 color gradient. Nice!
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.
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