• Create Dramatic Light Passes
  • Apply as an Effect in Final Cut Pro X
  • Animate the 3D Environment
  • Create Text Glints
  • Use with 3D Title Presets



How to use the Free Glint Plugin

After installing, follow these steps to apply the RT Glint effect to any 3D title in Final Cut Pro X’s timeline:

This glint effect is the most dramatic when applied to animated 3D titles. You can use FCP X’s built-in 3D animated presets but for even more animation options we suggest downloading our free Ripple 3D Animations plugin from

In the 3D Titles Browser, locate the Super Rotate preset and add it to your project.


Open the Effects Browser, select the Custom category, then drag the RT Glint effect onto the 3D title.




With the Playhead parked over the title, open the Inspector and click the Title tab.  Spill open the Rotation controls then drag the Y-Rotation scrubber to see the effect of the Glint on the rotating title.  You can animate the Rotation value to have the glint move across the text.




To change the look of the Glint, click the Video tab then use the parameter controls. Most of the parameters can be animated to create different looks.




For really dramatic titles, change the 3D environment for your title, then use the Environmental Rotation controls to animate the environment. This will produce an animated light pass across the letters. Make sure you use a material with a reflective surface.  You can create many interesting light effects and visuals for your 3D text using RT Glint.



About the Author:

Steve Martin and Mark Spencer
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.
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Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.
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