H. ADDING TITLES AND
title text, part 1
Titles and credits can be added to your movie
at any point by using the titles and credits wizard. Titles
can be over a solid color, or the text can appear anywhere on your
In the Movie Tasks pane, click on Make Titles
or Credits, or you can also get there by clicking on Tools in the
menu. You are given five choices:
Add title at the beginning of the
Add title before the selected clip
in the timeline
Add title on the selected clip in
the timeline (superimposed)
Add title after the selected clip
in the timeline
Add credits at the end of the
Some choices require that you select a clip
before you start the wizard.
Starting with add title at the beginning
of the movie, when you click on this option, two text boxes
appear. Type in the title in the top box; a preview appears
in the Preview Monitor. If you drag the vertical window bar
down, you can get to options that will enable you to change the
font and color, etc. You can change the background color by
selecting the box to the right of the letter A.
By using the transparency slider, you can change the text from
opaque to 90% transparent.
You can increase or decrease the font size by
clicking on the large or small A.
title text, part 2
The wizard automatically causes a title
animation to work--notice that the text fades in a fades
out. If you want to change it, select Change the title
animation. Many options are available from the window.
Title animations come in three basic
types: (1) titles for one-line credits, (2) titles for
two-line credits, or, (3) credits at the end of the
When you are done, click Done, add title
to movie. The title clip will now appear in the Video
To superimpose text on a clip, first select
the clip. Next, go to the Tasks pane and select Make
titles or credits. Choose the third option: Add title
on the selected clip in the timeline. Add the text in
the text box; you will see a preview. Under More Options,
make any necessary changes in terms of font and color, and how you
would like the text entry to behave. When you are done,
click Done, add title to movie. The overlay will
appear in the Title Overlay track in Timeline View.
Once the title clip is created, you can
manipulate it like any other clip. You can click and drag it
to a new location. You can right-click and
cut/copy/paste. You can change its length by going to the
right edge, and with the red arrow, lengthening or shortening the
clip with a click-drag. (These adjustments will affect
animations association with the clip. You'll just have to
experiment.) You can also drag it up to the video track and
put it between clips, or drag it back.
You can also right-click and select
Edit Title, where you can change the title, and see other
options, as before.