Digital Video Techniques

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H.  ADDING TITLES AND CREDITS

1.  Adding 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 video track.  

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 movie

  • 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 movie

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.

2.  Addition 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 movie.  

When you are done, click Done, add title to movie.  The title clip will now appear in the Video track.

3.  Superimposing text

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.

4.  Manipulating title clips

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.

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