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Aligning (text) objects 21 Apr 2017 07:24 #87396

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Hi all,

Some titles in FCPX, Like Assembler, contain multiple text objects that are freely adjustable and moveable.
There are situations I would like to re-arrange the text objects, e.g. to be all left aligned relative to each other. I assume there is a way in FCPX to align objects, but I have not been able to find it.

Can anyone tell me how to align (text) objects relative to each other ?
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Aligning (text) objects 21 Apr 2017 13:11 #87407

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I've never seen any ability to align (especially within a plugin) text objects. I usually add something with a hard vertical edge to the timeline temporarily to manually align the text to. It would be nice if we could have rulers and guides in the canvas . Sometimes just the title safe overlay is helpful.
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Aligning (text) objects 21 Apr 2017 13:22 #87411

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Yes, in FCPX there is a way to line things up easily. Go to Preferences, Playback, Player Background. Set it to Checkerboard. Now you have a grid to line up objects with. May require you temporarily mute backgrounds (V key). But I use it a lot. Very handy. Only wish it was in an easier place to get to, like the Viewer menu.

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Aligning (text) objects 21 Apr 2017 17:29 #87427

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There are quite a few grid overlay plugins, many for free on this forum. Drag them over your clip, line up your items and then delete or disable them.
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Aligning (text) objects 22 Apr 2017 05:03 #87435

dgwvideo wrote:
There are quite a few grid overlay plugins, many for free on this forum. ….

… I was THAT close to make a one, luckily you remind me to check … I did already! :silly:
www.fcp.co/forum/utility/24299-adjustable-align-rulers

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Aligning (text) objects 22 Apr 2017 14:06 #87444

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Thank you all for your suggestions.
So apparently there is nothing like an ALIGN command or so. It is always a manual operation.
I will propose the option as an enhancement request to Apple
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