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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Graphics, lower thirds, titles and end credits may all be required on a single project. Media Composer comes standard with two tools: Title tool and Marquee. Here, we are going to look at Title tool. As the name suggests Title tool is relatively basic in its ambitions. Nevertheless, it's easy to use, and will do 75% of what you need to do on a day-to-day basis. In order to add a title, the first thing I am going to do is move in my Timeline to where I'd like to add the title.
I want to be parked over a representative frame of the background clip. Next, I want to right-click and add a new video track, monitor from V2, disengage V1 so we're just active on V2 there. Now I am going to the Tools menu, and I am going to go to Title tool. As I said, there are two choices: Marquee and Title tool. You'll have plenty of time to explore Marquee by yourself. I am going to go here into Title tool.
Now you can see why I parked on that particular frame. I wanted to have it as my background. The first thing that I'm going to do is come down here to this palette. I am going to choose the Square and Rectangle tool. I can click in the interface and drag and draw myself a box. If I want to change the color of the box, I just click in here, in the Fill color selection, and now I can choose whatever color I would like. Maybe we will go for a dark version of that there.
Next, I have my Transparency. If I click in here and drag, I've now added transparency to the box. Now let's add some text. Here I have got the Text tool so I want to highlight that, and I'll click in my image area. I am going to type in my words; in this case I am just going to use 'opening title' as my example. Now of course, I can format this text. If I highlight the text I can come down here change the Font if I want to, change the Font size.
If I change the font size and things spill over on to a second line, just go to the Selection tool. You can see this box has being drawn around the text. Just grab hold on one of handles and make it bigger. I can also center justify, but that's only center justified within the box. If I want to put this in the center of the image, then go to the Alignment menu > Center in Frame Horizontally. I am going to reselect the text and just add a drop shadow. I can enter a shadow of two, or I can pull a shadow out graphically, like so.
Now, if I go back to my Selection arrow and click off, I can see my drop shadow. If I am happy with the title, go ahead and close the Title tool. It asks me to Save. Asking me to give it a name, and it's also asking now, okay, which bin would I like to go into? Which drive am I going to render the effect to? So it's going to go in the manage media folder on the D drive, and also the Resolution. I am actually going to take this up to one to 1:1p 10b MXF.
I always like to create my titles and graphics at as higher quality as possible. Let's Save. So you can see the clip has been automatically loaded into my bin, and also loaded into the Source viewer here. I am just going to just drag a little way into my clip. The reason is that what I make a mark in here, it gives me handles, should I want to do an effect with this clip later on. Okay! Now let's come down to the Timeline area and make an in point and an out point.
Now, I am just going to use Overwrite to recall the title onto video track 2, and you see, it's ready for Playback. (Clip playing.) Now it pops on and pops off, so we are just going to mark an in point, mark an out point, go to the Quick Transition tool, and now video track 2 add a dissolve that's 8 frames on both transitions, between the in point and the out point. Add.
(Clip playing.) Being able to create a basic title directly inside of Media Composer is a huge timesaver compared to having to leave and work in a third party application to create your graphics.
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