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Creating lower thirds

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Video: Creating lower thirds

So if you have ever seen newscasts or television shows or interview shows and they always have some sort of what are called lower 3rds or an identifier showing who the person is talking or what channel you are watching, et cetera, we can do that right here in Elements too, and it makes it look fantastic. Let's take a look. If I go back to my Alina Interview and we had the nice animation, that's fine. But maybe I wanted to say Alina, Dance Instructor, so we kind of know who she is. I'm going to do something different here.

Creating lower thirds

So if you have ever seen newscasts or television shows or interview shows and they always have some sort of what are called lower 3rds or an identifier showing who the person is talking or what channel you are watching, et cetera, we can do that right here in Elements too, and it makes it look fantastic. Let's take a look. If I go back to my Alina Interview and we had the nice animation, that's fine. But maybe I wanted to say Alina, Dance Instructor, so we kind of know who she is. I'm going to do something different here.

I'm going to select that and delete it, and we are going to start from scratch. So let's get the Text tool one more time, and here is our default text. Then I am going to type in "Alina, Dance Instructor," and we will move it over a little bit. And it's a little big, so we will make it smaller, and we are going to choose a nice font like Helvetica. Let's make it a little smaller, and let's make it Light Oblique, so that looks nice.

Now it says who she is and that can be my fade-ins and et cetera, but let's add a lower 3rd box. So you might notice also that there are some lines going around here, and we didn't discuss that yet, but those are called title-safe lines. Anything outside of these lines, if it's played on the television, will not be seen; you want everything to be kind of be inside these lines. Then on the Internet though it's going to be all over. You can see everything. Let's choose Rectangle. And I am going to make a bar going all the way across the bottom right here, and now that's great, and I am going to change the color.

I want of kind of do some kind of green to go with the green here. Click OK. The only problem is I can't see my text, so I am going to right-click, make sure that I am right-clicking on the box, and see how it's highlighted? Right-click and choose Arrange and either Sent to Back or Send Backward, so we are just going to send it Back, and here is our text. And one thing I might want to do in my text is select my text once again, go into the palette, and let's add a little drop shadow because it's going to really make it stick out. There you go. Looks great.

Now I am going to move this shape up here. We are probably going to use this one, but there are other ones we can use. Actually, I will just bring it over here to kind of hide of hide it for now. Or, you know what? I am going to make one from scratch again. Let's go in here and choose the Ellipse tool. This is kind of an interesting look. You can go kind of match our text over here a little bit. I can actually shrink the text a little, so I will leave that there. Let's go back in, and we will arrange that. We will send that to back.

Let me just select it. Let's change the color again, and there you go. That's a little more artistic. And let's click on that one and get rid of it and choose the rounded rectangle. On this one, I might want to start here and bring it this way, drag it over a little bit, so I start with the square area and kind of come into a rounded area, and that's pretty cool too. So let's send that to the back, right- clicking and saying Arrange > Sent to Back.

Here is my text. Let's change the color. And that looks pretty cool. Now within the Color Properties, I can also choose a gradient, so I want to do some kind of the gradient. And we can choose the first color. It can be like a green, and this one maybe a little darker, and we will click OK. So now I've got this nice gradient going down, and let me just clean it up a little bit, and we will drag this up a little bit right there, and that looks a lot better.

So now let's make it a little longer, and I will move it over just a hair, and let's render that really quick. (video playing) And we will stop that and scroll forward, and let's see what it looks like. (Alina:--great about EDN is that we're providing the students--) So that looks a lot more professional. I like that. One last thing I would do is click on it and go to Edit, and we will choose Edit Effects, and we will choose Opacity. And now I might want to do a fade-in and this is really cool because I could just click here and choose Fade-In instead of adding all those keyframes we did before. And we are going to fade in.

Let's see what that looks like. Re-render it. (video playing) (Alina: What I think is great about EDN is that--) There is nice fade-in. The last thing I want to do to make it a little better is I am going to go back on here and double-click so I have it selected, and I am going to right-click on the box, on this rounded rectangle, and I am going to go to Transform and choose Opacity and I am going to lower that to 75% so we can see through it a little bit, and then I am going to do one last thing, Edit Effects, and we will chose a Fade Out, so we have both.

And now we are going to re-render it, and I think we are going to look great. And now let's take a look. (Female speaker: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible, like food or toys; it's something that--) That's fantastic. So Elements really gives you an opportunity to make some cool shapes, and those can really enhance your videos.

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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