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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Text does not have to be static. You can make it roll up the screen like closing movie credits or crawl across the bottom of the screen like news updates. You can also animate text one character or one line at a time. Let's gets started here with some crawling text. And the only way you can add crawling or rolling text is from the Title menu. You can't do it from this little button here or from this little menu over here. So we'll go to Title > New Title, we'll do Crawl. When you do that you get this whole line of placeholder text and this thing up on top called the Main Title.
Well this whole thing will crawl left to right or right to left across your screen including that Main Title. That looks a little weird that the main title crawling across the screen, so I'm going to delete the main title just have this text here. Now I could type in a bunch here, but I'm happy to take the placeholder text and just kind of save a little time. So let me just go down and show you the crawl parameters. Click on this little button here, who would have known it's there, but that's where the Roll/Crawl Options are, I'll click on that. And that basically says how do you want this crawling text to behave? You want to have it Crawl Left or Crawl Right? I'll have it Crawl Left, because that's kind of logical.
Now how do you want to time it? You want to Start Off the Screen? Yeah, usually you want it off the screen, you don't want to start off - boom - appearing on the screen, so I'll click Off the Screen, and usually want it to finish Off the Screen as well. Then this Ease-In/Ease-Out thing, that sort of gradually starts it when it gets on the screen and gradually slows it down when it gets off the screen. So this is the number of frames, let's just knock this up to let's say to 150, to have it be have a more of a gradual process. And we'll take it to 150 here as well. Then I click OK. And here is my little Title down here so I need to say hmm... I am going to play it but first I got to go, Done.
This little thing in the lower right-hand corner, tucked away. And now it shows nothing, even though it's a title there, because it's going to start off the screen. So let me just kind of play that for you. And there it is and it's going to ease off the end. It behaved the way I expected it to behave. The thing is, boy it's fast, right? I dare you to read that. So what you can do is, you can slow it down, and the way to slow it down is to lengthen the clip. You can't just go back to this little option thing and say slow it down that way, you got to lengthen and the clip by just dragging it farther and now it will take as much time as the clip's length would indicate it would take.
So now I will do it this way, it'll be slower coming on and slower going across. And it will get all way across, it gets up the speed and then it kind of gradually slows down at the end. That's that pre-roll/post-roll thing. Okay. That's how you add crawling text. My little cursor went all way across this other text that I'm working on, we'll get to that in a moment. Let's make some rolling text. I'll move the cursor over here a little bit - or the current time indicator - go to Title > New Title > Default Roll. Let's puts this humongous collection of stuff here where you can say, you know, produced by so-and-so, directed by so-and-so, starring so- and-so, that kind of stuff down the line here.
We'll be happy again to use the placeholder text, and it's always nice to have a Main Title so we can leave that there, we can change it if we want to, but that's there for our purposes. So we'll just accept the default view here, which is fine. I'll go over and click on this little guy again down here, the Roll/Crawl Options. You need to tell it how to behave. There's a default way, and it will behave fine, but let's just adjust it. Now here, there's no option for direction because it only rolls up, you can't have it roll down. I want to Start Off Screen again, I like that, End Off Screen is fine, we'll do another long Ease-In/Ease-Out. I like that kind of long Ease-Out thing and Ease-In thing, it makes it just a little bit happier at the end and in the beginning. So I click OK.
Now I say okay, I can't watch it yet until I go over here and say, finis, and now we're done. I'm going to play it, it's going to go zipping up the screen, here we go. So it's the same routine as before. Here you can lengthen it to have it play a little more slowly. Let's try that again. There we go. It gets up the speed. It gets like static speed and then it slows down, and I really like the way that works. All right.
So that's crawling and rolling, but you can also put text in motion in other ways, you can animate text from other, a couple of other ways. First of all you can always animate text using the motion effect. So let's, say, click on this little title here that I made earlier. I just go over to Edit and I click on Edit Effects, and there is my good old Motion effect. So I have this guy, let's say, start off- screen, so I'm going to Position it by clicking here, starting off-screen. There we go, just make a keyframe there. Go a little farther in, bring it on-screen.
And let it continue all the way across the screen. Oops, click it again. Click all the way off the screen. So you don't have to rely on the crawl or the roll to make something move across the screen, you can just apply the motion effect to it. There's one other option. But, finally I'm saving the coolest stuff for last, folks. It's just so neat, this little effect that they have inside Premiere Elements. Really it's lifted from a product called After Effects, which is a monstrous, expensive production studio-level product, and here it is inside Premiere Elements.
Who would have thought? What I want to do now is just create a regular old title. So I click on the Title tool and I'm going to say let's Animate text. Once you do that you can now make that text come on screen one letter a time if you want. And that's right here in this little drop-down area. I'm going to close these guys to give us some real state, open this guy up, and you can see all these various options to animate the text by a line or by characters. You can't have more than one line animate.
You have 15 lines, only the first line animates. So I tend to look for only the animations that work on a per character basis because they're really cool, I think. So I'm looking for something I like. Let's see what we got here. We got Move In and Out, DropInByCharacter, so I want to preview that. I'm going to click on this little play button here and preview that, see what it looks like. Oh man, I love that. Isn't that cool? I like that one. So I'm going to go and apply it to that text. It's applied, it doesn't look like it's applied, but it's applied. And now I say Done.
There's that Title, we just added it right there, and as you can see, the beginning there's nothing showing, which is what you want, because it's going to drop in one character at a time. Watch this. Boom-boom-boom. Oh, I mean, if that isn't going to impress your friends, folks, nothing will. You can go back and forth through it again. If you can change the length of the title here you can make it go faster or slower. Text and motion grabs viewer's attention. The rolling, crawling, per character, or full-line animation options in Premiere Elements give you plenty of creative flexibility.
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