Free Final Cut Pro plugin: Alex4D Zoom Four title

This Final Cut Pro X title template displays a series of four texts, zooming from one to the next:

Here are the controls:

The title defaults to starting by zooming towards the first text, and at the end, zooming out from the fourth text. Use the Build In and Build Out controls to choose whether to display these zooms.

If you want the four pieces of text to start from behind the camera, drop into place and then fly into the distance, click the Reverse check box.

Rectangle Frequency: controls the number of rectangles displayed per text. A value of 2 will show a rectangle around each text and an intermediate rectangle in between the text and the following text. A value of 3 will show two rectangles between the texts.

There are controls to modify the fill and border of the rectangles.

The further away the text and rectangles are from the camera, the more blurred they get. You can choose the blur method: Gaussian is a faster mathematical blur, Defocus more accurately simulates blurs seen in camera lenses, but is slower to render.

You can set the typeface, colour, size, alignment and more of the text using the Text tab of the inspector. Click one of the texts in the viewer to start.

As well as the parameter controls, you can use and on-screen. control to reposition each text. This control becomes visible once you start editing the text by clicking it in the viewer.

In this case the position control appears next to the E of ‘Each.’

The duration for each text is determined by the total length of the title. It defaults to taking 22 seconds to show. If you reduce the length of the title of the title in the timeline, the duration of each of the four texts will reduce in proportion.


Download this disk image:

It includes an installation script for Spherico’s Motion Template Tool application, if you don’t have it on your Mac, download it. It is a freeware/donationware tool that simplifies effects installation for Final Cut Pro X users. MTT installs effects for Final Cut Pro X in the correct folders, creating them if need be. You don’t need to have Motion 5 or MTT installed for these effects to work.

Once you have MTT installed on your computer, double-click the ‘Install Alex4D Zoom Four 1.0.mtt’ file.

If you don’t want to use the Motion Template Tool, install these effects in Home / Movies / Motion Templates / Titles / Alex4D:

The title will appear in the Alex4D section of the Titles browser.

Double-click to add it to your timeline.

Check out my other effects and articles on my Final Cut Pro X home page.

  1. Nicolasnilsen said:

    Well, well, well Alex, this is really cool and brilliant ! As usual.
    Kinda Christmas gift in november ! Thanks.

    • Alex said:


      Don’t worry, there a few more presents to come before the New Year…

  2. Duke said:

    Hey Alex,

    Love the new plug in. I have a question. When I change the time of the clip the first Zoom Text comes in and stays much longer than the other 3, which all hold the same time in and out. Anyway to change the time of the 4 zooms and they all change the time of in and out so the first zoom only stays as long as the other 3? Hope that makes sense.

    Anyway we can request plugins?

  3. diogo said:

    doesn’t work in my fcpx!!! it is 10.0.5, maybe this is the point? anyway tks

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