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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
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Adding a lower third


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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

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A lower third is a graphic element that lives on the bottom third of the screen and is usually used to identify the speaker. There are always a lot of creative choices when you do graphics, but in this case, we've already established a nice clean look with our title. So my goal is going to be to create something very similar to match this. In order to do that, it's quite tempting to duplicate this on the timeline and then start to edit on the copy.

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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
1h 31m Appropriate for all Mar 15, 2012

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This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.

Topics include:
  • Importing and evaluating footage
  • Planning the edit
  • Marking and adding clips to the timeline
  • Creating cover shots with video tracks
  • Trimming clips
  • Adding and refining transitions
  • Adding a title and a lower third
  • Incorporating still images
  • Setting audio levels
  • Creating a DVD
  • Posting to YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jason Osder

Adding a lower third

A lower third is a graphic element that lives on the bottom third of the screen and is usually used to identify the speaker. There are always a lot of creative choices when you do graphics, but in this case, we've already established a nice clean look with our title. So my goal is going to be to create something very similar to match this. In order to do that, it's quite tempting to duplicate this on the timeline and then start to edit on the copy.

You can't do that in Elements, however, because if you copy and paste, those two pieces will be linked and changes that you do to one will also affect the other. So although it's tempting, we do have to start from scratch to make a new graphic element. However, since my goal is to match styles, I am now going to recreate a couple of those style steps. You'll remember that I found a pre- built style over here that I liked for its drop shadow, and then I went a step further to change the font and to make it bold.

So now I've matched the style of the title card. I think it's going to need a few tweaks, but I want to type in my content. Lower thirds usually have a second line that has the person's title. This is off to a good start, but I think these two lines should have a different style but subtle. So I am going to remove the bold from the title. Now I don't think this should be the same size as our title graphic; I think it should be somewhat smaller. And I am going to position it, of course, in the lower third.

We're getting close. But I think for a distinctive look, I'd like to align this right and then position it right in the corner of these guides. That's visually looking pretty good, but I need to make sure that the timings are correct down here. And again, I want to pretty much match what I did on the title graphic. I am going to move this up to the same line. It's a good habit to keep like things together. So once I started to put titles here on Video 4, I am going to continue that pattern.

Just looking at the other title, I can tell that this is going to be a little bit long, and I want to add very similar cross dissolves... ...one to bring up and one to bring it back down. Before we can really view this, we need to render it. I like at times like this to just reposition my workspace, so I don't have to render more than I need. (Female speaker:--just being able to do it. And as a woman, if you look through the history of glass, (we're not there. Women aren't in that process.) The only thing I noticed was that I think it could be a little bit longer.

One more render, and I think we'll be good. (Female speaker:--just being able to do it. And as a woman, if you look through the history of glass, (we're not there. Women aren't in that process.) What we've done with this lower third is achieved a very clean style. You can always add more, but what I like about a simple style like this is it just lets the content shine through.

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