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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
On screen text doesn't have to be static. It can move. It can roll up the screen, crawl across the screen, animate on one letter at a time plus text acts like a video clip. You can apply transitions to it and video effects plus little objects and little graphics into the text and we will do all that in this tutorial. If you want to follow along, open up the 10-title-fun project. When you do that, you are going to see that gradient that I made for another title tutorial and then three titles up here. We'll get to those guys in a moment. First of all, we will just get started by creating a new title. If you click on title again here and you notice that when you apply a title above some kind of clip in the Timeline, it always puts the title one track above wherever the current time indicator is, above that previous clip. Let's say I want to put a title over here where I have already got a title. If I click the Title tool again, you won't even see that it added it. But if you scroll up, you'll see that it added one track above wherever there is a clip that already is present.
This is compositing or layering and we are going to talk about compositing in other tutorials. But you can see that this title here appears above the title below and the title below has that gold color. So, that's what happens when you add a title at this already some kind of clip in the Timeline, it places it up above the clip in the Timeline. I'm going to erase this and go back to the sky. Now, when you click on title and you want to, let's say, have it roll up the screen or roll across the screen. Let's just go back and highlight by double clicking on the clip here to turn on the title tools. You see that you have an option right down here. It is called Roll/Crawl Options. If you click on that, you get this dialog box. Still is the default Title Type and you don't need to click on that if you want to have a still title but if you wanted to roll or crawl, you would click on the icon to open up this dialog box. If I wanted to roll up the screen, I click on this little button and then it shows you little options here. It can Start Off the Screen meaning you won't see any text at all when it starts rolling and then it appears at the End Off the Screen meaning the whole thing will roll off the screen.
You can have what's called a Preroll. It can take a little while before it gets started. You can slow it with Ease-In meaning it doesn't roll at the full speed when it starts to kind of gradually speeds up. You can have an Ease-Out, same thing. And a Postroll, meaning it rolls up the screen and then sits there for a while. Select all the things and click OK. Then you start making your text but when you start making your text to see that this little scroll bar appeared here to allow you to say that as you create your text, you go down the screen and you keep on adding more text. Notice how it rolls up the screen. This little scroll bar lets you see all the text that you add if you are going to have your text roll off the screen. Now when you run this clip, play and it rolls. I created one already to give you an idea of how that works. This little title here, I click on it. I click on the roll; you will see the function that I put in there. I put roll, Start Off Screen, End Off Screen, Ease-In, Ease-Out. So, I'm going to have that happen now. Lets see how it looks like. Starts off screen, goes on and it will go all the way off till it finishes. That's typically how roll works.
Crawl is very similar. This next little clip is a crawl. I double click on it; you will see its characteristics by clicking this little button. I crawl it and I crawl it left. Crawl is the option I'm going left or right, rolls only going up the screen. I didn't do any particular things down here but it did say Start Off Screen and End Off Screen. So, let's take a look at that. We will go to the beginning of the clip, click play. Here we go. So off screen, rolls on to the screen and rolls off. My goodness! That was fast, right? How do I make it go slower? I'm going to slide this guy over. I'm going to extend this clip farther and if you change the length of the clip, you don't make it -- so let's say just roll at the same speed in the middle of the clip, it actually extends the entire time that the clip takes place. It will slow it down by the lengthening the clip. Let's see how that works. It takes long. Now, it is like okay, I can almost read that thing now. So, the length of the clip determines the speed of the roll or the crawl. So, I'm not sure you are aware of that.
Now, this particular title has what is called animation on it and I'll show you how you apply animation. And the thing is it is a little buggy and we want to talk about bugs and possible crashes in just a moment. But here is how animated text looks. This text will animate but only on the first line. That is one little bug. You can only animate text on one line. If I select that and I have two lines of text here-- I'm going to make it a little bit smaller and I'm going to go to the end of this thing and press Delete so that I can add this text on the next line. It gets little bit longer and now I'm going to say now I'll animate. Let's see the animation changes. Now the whole thing animates because I have put everything on one line. So, animation only works on one line.
Let me show you how you apply animation to a new title. Go back to the beginning, going to take care of this guy by deleting this one we started with. I'm going to add a new title now. I'll move these guys out of the way. That brings new title right there. I click here and if I start typing in text and none selected animation from here on the right, it won't work. That is one of the little bugs. So, I want you to check the version Premiere that you are using. If you go to Help > About Adobe Premiere Elements, you will see the current version. We are using G167. If yours is that number, then you might run into the same problems that we ran into. If yours is a different number or higher numbers then you are probably going to have this bug taken care of. You do want to check for updates. You go to Help > Updates. See if there is a new update available. We checked here and there wasn't a new update when we did this.
Now, if I start typing text the animation won't work. So, the first thing you need to do is select an animation, then change your text. And here is where the animations are down here. So, DropInAndOutByCharacter, DropOutByCharacter, FlyInWithTwist. That sounds good. I'm going to select that and then click Apply. And now looks like nothing has happened but now I'm going to add some text. Say, Here is animated text. It went off the screen. Then I want the first line to animate so here it is and now I'm going to play it. See what happens down here. Here is animated text. Pretty cool.
But again, you got to apply the animation first and then put in your text and then it will animate and it will only animate the top line. So, if you have got three or four lines, it will only animate the top line and then the rest go, whoosh, just appear on the screen. Let me show you something else. I'm going to put this to regular old clip down here, regular old title. If I go T for title, it will add it above this one here, show you that in the Timeline. Puts it up on the third track. I'm going to delete this guy just to get it out of the way, so it doesn't confuse things. That will side everything over. Double click on here to highlight the text, type something here. And now I want to let's say make an obvious text by selecting one of these cool styles and I'll make it bigger. Clicking the Selection tool, dragging it out, so you can really see it.
Now, this is like a clip, typical video clip. I can make it longer. It is a static clip, it won't actually animate, it would just last longer instead of the five seconds, the way we had before. Move these guys out of the way. So, that's the little clip, I just lengthened out 10 seconds just by dragging it. If I want to put a transition on it, I go to Edit > Transition. So, I would put on, let's say, let's Cross Dissolve at the beginning. So, I put a Cross Dissolve at the beginning and then that title will now gradually appear on screen, like that. I want to put this across this step at the end. I can have it Fade Out as well.
And this is a great way to apply text. You don't want it to just boom, appear on screen, you want it to gradually appear on screen and gradually dip away. I want to apply effect to it. Let me go to Effects and I'll go down to something really obvious like, let's say Ripple. Now that will look -- look at that. So, you can apply an effect to text as well and you can animate it just as you did with keyframes with regular video clips. We do one more thing. I'm going to apply a graphic to text. And down here when you double click on this to select the Text tool and there is an indication of what can happen when you are working with text. So, this is running very low on system memory. Apparently, text causes some kind of memory leak. You have got to be careful with it. So, this is a clue that we were having problems with text and you might also have that problem.
This little icon here lets you add an image to your title. If I click there, it opens up a whole bunch of graphics that come with Premiere Elements, some of which are templates for text. Some of which are also just little icons. And I can have this little icon and click away and then I come back to it, there is this little ball icon right there. If I double click on the text title here, it now puts a highlight around there. I can grab the Section tool. That thing is a separate object inside the text that I can expand or shrink accordingly and put inside my title, very cool thing.
Finally, I want to add a title template to the Timeline. So, to do that, I'm going to first move these guys out of the way down here. I have little place to put this. And I'll just slide down this. I want it to go right about here. So let me just go over to Titles and this is where the templates are stored. I click there. These are templates that are provided with Premiere Elements, let's say they are closing credits or titles that you can put images inside of, behind this thing, it puts it on a higher track and put your video inside there. You can have rolling credits or let's say a lower third. I talked about lower thirds when you are playing a super over somebody, you put the name on the screen.
But let's just click on one of these guys and I'll show you how that works. I'll select this one. I'll put Apply and adds it to the Timeline there in that blank space. Now what you can do is you can start typing in here to replace these placeholders. So, this is all the various things you can do with text. Beyond just having static text sitting on the screen, you can have it roll or crawl or animate. You can use templates and add objects to it. So, there is plenty of opportunities to use text in your projects.
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