Professional logo reveals are a cornerstone of video branding, and Final Cut Pro comes with all the resources you need to transform any logo into an animated opener for your videos. We’ve put together the best resources to get you started, whether you’d like to download a template or DIY.
This article will cover 18 of our favorite logo sting templates, instructions for installing them, and a tutorial for building a custom logo reveal in Final Cut. Let’s dive in!
Part 1: Final Cut Pro Logo Animations and Templates to Download
All you’ll need is a logo file and a copy of Final Cut Pro to produce stylish, professional logo reveals with these downloadable templates. We’ve also included instructions for installing the templates in the next section.
1. Free Logo Reveal Pack
This free download gives you 3 sleek, modern themed modern logo reveals perfect for young audiences and upbeat brands. These easy-to-use logo templates are a simple solution when you don’t have time to tinker with lots of options; just add your logo, set the color, and you’re all set.
John (Leany), the artist behind this design, has been engaged in motion-graphic design for more than 4 years and really love the profession. He makes templates for Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Premiere Pro. Check out more of Leny’s work here.
2. Free Simple Logo Reveal
Sometimes simple and clean is all you need, especially when your brand has a sophisticated personality. The free Simple Logo Reveal for Final Cut Pro is a bundle of sleek logo reveals that you can tailor to your project’s style. You can add your own background image or video to use for an opener, or you can neatly end your project with this logo overlay.
Zhoomart, the motion designer behind this template, is from Kyrgyzstan. He likes to contribute to Motion Array as an artist to help people from all over the world develop their business using ready-to-use solutions. He puts extra effort to make his projects easy to use for beginners. You can check out his entire portfolio here.
3. Grunge Distortion Logo
These grungy openers fit an edgy brand, with the retro stylings of a 1990’s MTV promo video. Perfect for alternative style media companies, blogs, or fashion brands–and easy to use too! Just drop your logo into the template and voila, unique glitchy logo reveal for your next video.
4. Glitch Logo
A spooky, techy logo reminiscent of a dystopian future or maybe the next season of Black Mirror. With Glitch Logo, you’ve got 2 versions to choose from: white or black. Since there’s not much color in this composition it’s most appropriate for B&W or grayscale videos. It would look great as an opening to a horror film or TV series.
5. Typographic Logo
You don’t even need a logo file to create a cute & unique hand-drawn opener with this pack. It includes 8 separate designs, and all you’ll have to do is replace the text with your own to create your own animation. This charming style will go well with wedding, anniversary, small business, or any video that needs a personal feel.
6. Flat Shapes Logo
There’s a lot going on with this dynamic shape-driven logo template. It’s colorful, animated, and short–and would make an excellent opener for YouTube videos, advertisements, or presentations. It’s available in 1080 HD and plugs into Final Cut Pro seamlessly.
7. Glitch Logo
A hi-fi, glitchy ride with your logo as the destination, this custom template offers some pretty high production value like something you’d expect to see from a professional video production studio. It’s also short and sweet because people want to get to the content! You can use this as a logo sting and an opening title for your composition because it has 2 text holders where you can add your title or slogan before the logo reveal.
8. Grunge Scribble Logo
Not too dissimilar to the Grunge Distortion logo listed above; Grunge Scribble is dark, edgy, and well… grungy! It’ll be a great fit for any brand (or band) with a cool casual personality. There’s just one option to choose from, but you can change the colors to suit your video and of course, add your own logo.
9. Blueprint Logo Reveal
Have a building, home remodeling, DIY, or technical channel? This pack of blueprint themed logo reveals is for you! It combines 3D motion graphics with layered designs and comes in 3 distinct versions. Easy to use and only available on Final Cut Pro.
10. Swirl Line Logo
Breathe some color into your logo splash with Swirl Line Logo. It’s bright and fun and suitable for all types of brands. There’s one version in the download, and it can be used as an intro, outro or cutaway title in your next video production.
11. Quick HUD logo Reveal
Straight out of a sci-fi movie, the Quick HUD logo reveal is a cutting edge animation that’s perfect for a high-tech brand. This unique template will really set your logo sting apart from others. You can use it for software and game companies, futuristic videos, science brands and more.
12. Quick Glitch Logo
Another high-tech logo animation, the Quick Glitch Logo delivers a barrage of glitch effects before revealing your logo. This is a wonderful template for a Youtuber building a brand, or any organization with a youthful target audience. The template comes in 2 varieties, one in black & white and the other in color.
13. Photographic Logo Reveal
Got some incredible photos you want to show off? This template is perfect for photographers and travel bloggers. Just drag and drop your photos into Final Cut and Photographic Logo Reveal will do the rest. At the end, you can add your own signature or logo for the final reveal.
14. Logo Opener
This 2-pack of logo sting animations are versatile enough to be used for just about any brand. The animations are composited over a background of your choosing, so you can just drop any image into the template to personalize it. You can also customize the logo, company name, and text fields, so there’s really a lot of possibilities with these 2 animations.
15. Minimal Clean Logo FCPX
If you are looking for something classic, check out the Minimal Clean Logo for Final Cut Pro. Just drag and drop your logo files and easily adjust for your project needs. Create your very own elegant and modern logo animation reveals and achieve a polished look for corporate presentations, product updates or social media videos alike.
16. Logo Reveal Glitch Cubes
Here we’ve got a pair of glitch-effect logo stings that are great for commercials, presentations, slideshows, or event videos. All you need to do is copy in your logo and you’re good to go. Of course, if you’d like to customize further, there’s a field that’s perfect for your website or slogan. And you can also change the colors or remove the background to achieve whatever look you’d like!
17. Glossy Logo Reveal
This amazing logo opener transforms your logo image into a full 3D production with multiple cameras and lighting rigs. It feels big, so if you want to leave an impactful impression with your audience–this is the animation to make them say “wow”. On top of that, there are also 4 versions to choose from with different lighting and color effects.
18. Ember Sparks Logo Reveal
A cinematic reveal for dramatic productions, this is a fantastic opener for your next mini-movie, YouTube channel, theatrical trailer, or presentation. Impress your audience with high production value just before revealing your logo in style. This powerful template gives any video editor the ability to create an opening sequence straight out of Hollywood.
Part 2: How to Use Logo Reveal Templates in 3 Easy Steps
The beauty of using a template is how quickly you can produce a fantastic looking logo animation. After you’ve selected the template you’d like to try from above, follow these 3 easy steps to install it into Final Cut Pro. Once installed, your new logo reveal template will appear right next to the built-in effects, transitions, titles, and generators in Final Cut.
Step 1: Download Your New Template File
Choose your favorite template above and download it. On MotionArray, you might need to login to your account first.
- Download the template file.
- Navigate to the folder where you’ve downloaded it in Finder.
- Double click the file to unzip it.
Step 2: Transfer your Template to Final Cut
Once you’ve unzipped the files, you just need to move them into the correct place for Final Cut to use them. The location of this folder depends on whether you have Motion installed or just Final Cut Pro.
- If you have Motion installed, the folder you should find is:
If you do not have Motion installed then you need to find this folder:
/Applications/Final Cut Pro/Contents/Plugins/MediaProviders/ MotionEffect.fxp/Contents/Resources/Templates
- You need to determine if your template is an Effect, Generator, Title, or Transition.
You can find out by checking the page where you downloaded it or look for documentation in your unzipped file.
- Copy the folder with your new template into the appropriate subfolder from above. If it’s a Title then you’ll need to copy it to the Titles folder, if it’s a Generator then you’ll need to copy it to the Generators folder, etc.
Step 3: Build Your Logo Splash in Final Cut Pro
With your template loaded into the right folder, Final Cut should automatically display your new logo animation alongside the rest of your Titles, Transitions, Effects, and Generators.
- If you haven’t already, open up Final Cut Pro.
- If your template is an Effect or Transition, you can find it by opening those menus on the right side of the screen. If it’s a Title or Generator, you can find it on the Sidebar at the top left.
- You can find it by typing in the name of your template, the thumbnail should appear.
- Drag the template’s thumbnail into the Timeline to add it to your project.
- Click the template in your Timeline and open the Inspector. This is where you will add your logo file and can adjust any options such as color, background, and so on.
So that about covers getting you set up with your new template. Individual templates may vary somewhat, so you can check the documentation included with your download for specific instructions about your template’s customizable controls. You can also add your own effects on top, like hue effects, to personalize your opener further.
But if you can’t achieve the look you’re looking for with a premade template, you have another option.
Part 3: Creating your Own Template in Final Cut Pro
Here’s a basic walkthrough for creating a cool logo opener for your videos using Final Cut Pro’s built-in Titles. This method doesn’t even require a logo file, so it’s great if you just need a quick custom logo but don’t have time to get one designed.
Step 1: Add the Title to your Timeline
Final Cut Pro comes packed with awesome premade Titles, Effects, and Generators. Many of them can be used and customized to create a unique logo opener for your videos. This tutorial will use Basic 3D, a built-in Title.
- If you haven’t already, create a new Project and add whatever clips & content you’d like to include in the Timeline.
- Open the Title Browser by clicking its button on the top left.
- Search for Basic 3D and find its thumbnail in the list.
- Drag the Title thumbnail into your timeline to add it to your project. Place it on a track above everything else.
- Drag the end of your Basic 3D title so that it stretches the entire length of your video project.
Step 2: Make Adjustments to the Appearance
The Basic 3D title looks pretty pro, but we’re going to further personalize it by adjusting some of the options. These instructions are fairly specific, but you can be creative and fine-tune for any type of look that fits your project.
- Select the Title in your Timeline and then open the Inspector.
- Under the Title tab find 3D Text and change the Animation Style to Tumble Zoom Down.
- Under the Text tab select the Text control and type in the name of your brand.
- Scroll down and find the Depth control under 3D Text and increase that to 40.
- Change the Front Edge control to Bevel.
- Find the Material control by scrolling down, and change it to Metal > Chrome.
Step 3: Add Keyframes and Effects
Once you’ve achieved the look you’re after, it’s time to add some motion to your composition. We’ll be transforming the logo opener into a watermark on the corner, and then back to a logo outro at the end, using keyframes.
- In the Timeline, move your playhead so that it’s positioned just after the intro animation of your 3D title.
- On the right side of the screen, click the Effects icon to open up the Effects Browser, and find the effect named Flashing.
- Drag Flashing onto your title in the Timeline.
- In the Inspector, under the Video tab, turn the Intensity control down to 3 and add a keyframe by clicking the diamond to the right of the slider.
- Now move the Playhead a few seconds ahead in your composition and bring the Intensity control down to 0.
- Repeat this process near the end of your timeline again. Just before the outro animation, add a keyframe with intensity set to 3. A few seconds before that bring the intensity down to 0.
Step 4: Add Motion by Adjusting the Position and Scale
If you preview your video so far, you should watch your 3D title tumble in and flash for a few seconds before becoming still. Rather than staying still in the center of the screen for your whole video, you’ll be bringing it down to the corner to act as a watermark for the duration of your video by creating keyframes with the Transform controls.
- Move the Playhead to just about 1 second after its intro animation, and create a keyframe in the Inspector for the Position control under Transform in the Video tab.
- Also create a keyframe for Scale in the same section, to lock in your title’s size.
- Now move the playhead forward 1 or 2 seconds and create new keyframes for Position and Scale.
- Using either the controls in the Inspector or the Transform tool in the Viewer, adjust your title so that it fits in the corner like a watermark. You can do this by adjusting both its position and scale (size).
- Fade-in your video content by creating 2 keyframes for the Opacity controls at the very beginning of your video, just after your 3D title’s intro animation has completed.
- Repeat the last step in reverse at the end of your video to fade your content out, leaving just the title as an outro.
Although it takes a bit longer than downloading a template, creating your own logo opening allows you to craft a unique animation that fits your brand. Final Cut Pro is loaded with tons of Titles, Generators, and Effects that can all be customized in creative ways to create.
So that about wraps it up! Armed with the 18 top logo openers we’ve shared above, you should be ready to create stunning logo animations by either installing a template or building one yourself using Final Cut Pro’s built-in resources. And of course, there’s plenty of chances to get creative and produce something really unique, whichever method you choose.
Now many of the above templates we’ve shared are hosted on Motion Array, which is home to thousands of plugins, effects, and more to download. It’s an extensive resource for any tools you might need for your video editing toolkit, and of course, a great place to find Final Cut Pro logo templates!