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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie you'll probably want to follow along with me in the Animating Credits project in the Chapter 9 folder. I am going to show you actually two different ways to animate credits or text. The first way we're going to look at is the more formal, simple way of having rolling credits, another way is to create these really snazzy text animations. So what I want to do here is come over here to my first credit, and basically I have a long list of credits; some people to thank that I'm grateful for, that type of thing. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to double click on the type to access its options, basically to get back to the titler stuff that we were looking at in the last movie.
I want to adjust the whole thing. So I'm going to select this Selection tool and click on the entire box of text here. As I click and move up, you could see there is actually a long list of people I have to thank. What I want to do is have this start down towards the bottom of the screen and then move upwards gradually, just like regular credits. So we use a Selection Tool to drag it down below, maybe I will have this be my starting point, although you could start it off screen if you like. It's not really that big of a deal because I'm going to show you a way to automatically do that in just a moment.
The thing here is that I have my text very off-center. It looks really tacky. Now, we have two Alignment options here. The first one, Align Vertical Center, will align this vertically, meaning up and down. That's not what we want, because we want it to be down. So I'm going to hit Ctrl+Z to undo that. I actually want to align the Horizontal Center, so from left to right this thing is lined up. So I'm going to click this button, and there we have it. You see that the center point of my text box is lined up with the center points here in my Safe Guides. By the way, if you would like to turn those off, you could just right click, and under view uncheck Safe Title Margin and Safe Action Margin.
Now again I'm going to go back here, having this text selected, oops, double clicked it too much- now I got it, there we go. Select the Selection tool, so you want the whole box selected, not individual text characters. Now, you want to come down here to the bottom left hand corner of the Tasks panel, the bottom leftmost buttons right here that says Roll/Crawl Options, right here. Go ahead and click on that, and now we have the Roll/Crawl Options. Now, you'll probably use the Roll Option more often. You will notice that by default its set to Still, meaning that the credits will not move.
If you set it to Roll, kind of like the old expression, roll credits, basically that's what it's doing, it's going up, just like credits go when you watch like a regular Hollywood movie. Now, what you can do here too, so your vertical positioning really doesn't matter, you could select Start Off Screen and End Off Screen, and if you that, if you select Roll and check Start Off Screen and End Off Screen, it will automatically animate for you, that's all you have to do. So click OK, and then hit the Spacebar to preview, and we can watch our credits real thusly.
Now, if I go back to my text, double click it to select it again. Select it with the Selection Tool here. If we go back to Roll/Crawl Options, you could see that all my options are still there. I can take this back to Still if I wanted to, or I could actually make this Crawl. Roll is up and down, and Crawling refers to left and right. So if you want your text to start on the right side and crawl left, select Crawl Left, if you like the opposite, select crawl Right. So that's how you do basic text animation, kind of like Hollywood credits animation; nothing too flashy, nothing really that's going to catch people's attention, just kind of more utilitarian way to get a bunch of people's names on screen.
So I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel here, because we're done with that. Go ahead and click on the next clip in the Sceneline here, Animation. Now we're going to talk about a little bit more snazzy text animation. To do that, we need to double click our text here to enter the Titling area, and again, select the Selection Tool and click on the text here. If you go down to this bottom area, there this cool Text Animation area, and there are these really cool Text Animation Presets that you can use to fiddle around with stuff that are extremely cool. Now, you notice that our screen real estate starts getting pretty cramped right about now, as we're trying to look at this stuff and scrolling with this little tiny scroll bar in the right isn't really doing anybody any good.
So we're going to come over here to this little disclosure triangles next to these big headers here and close up Text Options, and click the one next to Text Style to close that up as well, and we have a little bit more breathing room with the Text Animation Presets. Now, there are several categories of Text Animation Presets here; Fades, Move In and Out, Pen and Zoom, Slide, Special Effect, Twist and Turn, all sorts of really cool things. But another really great thing is, just like we have been seeing with other areas of Premiere Elements, and just as we will see with movie themes coming up in the next chapter, when you just roll over your mouse, you start seeing the animation.
So you don't have to apply this and then keep undoing it and applying and undoing and applying and undoing it, until you find you want, you just mouse over this and see a preview of what this will look like, kind of cool. So the one that we're actually going to apply is in the Special Effect category, so click in this drop down in the left hand side and select Special Effect, and this is the one that we are actually looking for, the Magnet Preview. Now, when we're ready to apply a Preset, all we have to do is make sure the Preset that we want to apply, in this case the Magnet Preset, is selected, has like this little blue outline around it, and then just hit the Apply button.
That's all you have to do. Now, it may not seem like anything happened, but if we come back over here to the Sceneline, hit the Spacebar; it automatically goes back into regular mode, and there is our cool Magnet animation automatically. How cool and simple and easy was that. Now, one little word of warning here, I'm going to go back to my first little credit and keep it on screen, maybe even going into Title Editing Mode here, select this text. You will notice that when I select this text, and I come over here to Text Animation Presets and I select one, the Apply button is grayed out.
Folks, you can't apply Animation Presets to multilines of text. Everything has to be just one simple line. So that's why this text is grayed out, we cannot apply Animation Presets to this text, but we can to this one line of animation. That is how to animate text, two different ways. You've got your simple basic Roll/Crawl, and you also have some super cool Animation Presets.
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