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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
All right, it's time to work with our title in Media Composer. In this movie, we'll take a look at how to properly save the title and how to add it to our sequence. All right, so I'm back to the title I created, and I want to add this to my sequence in Media Composer. To do that, I'm going to come up to File > Save to Bin, and I'm going to name this. I'll just name this Kim2 and press OK. It's going to ask me what bin I would like my titles to go into. I've created a Titles bin.
I recommend that you do this too. Also, there will need to be some media created for this, so you'll need to choose the appropriate drive. I'll choose my Data drive and I'm going to go ahead and save. All right, so the title goes into my Titles bin and it also loads in the Source monitor. There's two whole minutes of title here, so I'm definitely not going to need all of that, but I will need about three to four seconds. And it's going to go on top of my video, and I'm going to put titles on their own track, on V3.
So, I'll press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on a Mac, and then we're going to patch our source video up to our timeline video, so V1 to V3. I'm clicking and dragging with my mouse, and I'm just going to deselect all other tracks, so it's clean. And what I want to do is actually put an in and an out point around the area that I want my title to fall. So, I'm going do this on the fly. I'm going to go ahead and press play and then mark an in with an I and an out with an O where I want my title to go.
(Female speaker: And there's only three things that matter, and that's the music, the dance floor, and your partner--) All right, so I have here about 2 1/2 seconds for my title. I might make it a little bit longer, so I'll just extend my out point slightly, and now about almost three seconds. Now I'm going to bring my position indicator in from the far left, because I'm probably going to want to put a title fade, so I'm going to need a handle to achieve that. So I have two minutes to play with here, so I'm just going to park right here and mark an in, and this is an overwrite, so I'll press B. And let's play through this and see how we like it.
(Female speaker: And there's only three things that matter, and that's the music, the dance floor, and your partner--) (and you just forget every--) All right, so I think that looks nice. It does just pop on and pop off though, so I'd like to add a title fade. To do that, I'm just going to park on the title, come up to the Timeline Fast menu and then choose this button right here, the E with the little fade off of the side of it. And when I press on this, this is going to ask me how I'd like my fade-up and fade-down to go. And I recommend a value of eight frames. And I'll press OK, and let's play through this and see how we like it.
(Female speaker: And there's only three things that matter, and that's the music, the dance floor, and your partner--) (and you just forget--) All right, that looks really nice. So, in Media Composer, if I wanted to change this further without bringing it into Marquee--I just want to show you the tools for that-- I can just park on my title and then go to the Effect Editor, and we have several very basic parameters that we can choose. I can adjust the size--and I'll just bring that back down to 100, because I don't want to change my size-- I can change the position, I can crop it, I can change the foreground or opacity.
All this is available to me, and if I want a few more choices, I can click on the Promote to 3D in the lower right, and I actually have a whole host of options. I'm going to close this because I don't need to change anything for right now. So because Marquee and Media Composer are interconnected so well, saving and editing titles is a pretty straightforward process. Occasionally, you'll need to go back the other way, from Media Composer to Marquee, to make adjustments to the title. We'll explore how to do that in the next movie.
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