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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

Creating multiple titles and lower thirds


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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Creating multiple titles and lower thirds

Once your documentary is ready to go, you'll want to add titles. Now, by far, the most common type of title for a documentary is the lower-third, which is a title that identifies a speaker. Depending on your workflow, you may send your titles to be created by a motion graphics expert who might use a third-party program like Adobe After Effects, and then you just import the titles during the final phase of the edit, and that's fine. However, there is a nice titling and graphics program right insight Media Composer called Avid Marquee that allows you to mass create your titles.
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  1. 6m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 36s
  2. 10m 49s
    1. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 3s
    2. Examining project assets
      3m 43s
    3. Defining the project approach
      4m 3s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Understanding the documentary postproduction process
      2m 15s
    2. Focusing on the preparatory phase
      3m 33s
    3. Focusing on the rough cut phase
      3m 27s
    4. Focusing on the picture lock workflow
      2m 37s
  4. 36m 51s
    1. Beginning a project
      10m 28s
    2. Screening and assigning qualitative information to clips
      7m 3s
    3. Looking for stock footage using the Avid Marketplace
      4m 27s
    4. Marrying high-quality audio with video
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Find tool and PhraseFind to search the audio in a clip
      5m 58s
    6. Understanding transcoding
      4m 1s
  5. 14m 11s
    1. Preparing a script for script integration
      4m 17s
    2. Syncing a script using ScriptSync
      5m 9s
    3. Manually syncing a script
      4m 45s
  6. 59m 56s
    1. An overview of the rough cut process
      3m 38s
    2. Making the paper edit
      3m 9s
    3. Using a two-column script
      3m 33s
    4. Assembling the radio edit
      7m 15s
    5. Building scenes with B-roll
      9m 30s
    6. Editing process footage
      6m 29s
    7. Using montage and parallel editing to manipulate time and ideas
      8m 20s
    8. Adding natural and environmental sound
      6m 11s
    9. Correcting audio
      6m 22s
    10. Putting it all together: Completing the assembly edit
      5m 29s
  7. 32m 52s
    1. Dealing with multiple formats in a project
      5m 2s
    2. Adding movement to static images
      6m 6s
    3. Stabilizing shaky footage
      3m 23s
    4. Changing and fixing portions of the video frame
      8m 7s
    5. Compressing and expanding time in video and audio
      5m 23s
    6. Repairing jump cuts using the FluidMorph plug-in
      4m 51s
  8. 22m 25s
    1. Getting feedback, making adjustments, and receiving approval
      3m 16s
    2. Creating multiple titles and lower thirds
      5m 39s
    3. Understanding the finishing process
      5m 46s
    4. Delivering the project
      7m 44s
  9. 1m 28s
    1. Next steps
      1m 28s

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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
3h 16m Intermediate Sep 26, 2012

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This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Avid Media Composer and a few essential editing techniques. Author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. Discover how to define a project approach based on a client's creative brief, and then effectively review and organize the footage. Then find out how to use script-based editing methods and a wide variety of scene creation techniques to assemble a rough cut. The course also shows how to use effects to repair and enhance your footage, process client feedback, and add the film's finishing elements.

This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Exploring the documentary postproduction process
  • Organizing footage and using searching techniques
  • Setting up and using digital transcripts
  • Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
  • Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
  • Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
  • Receiving feedback
  • Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Creating multiple titles and lower thirds

Once your documentary is ready to go, you'll want to add titles. Now, by far, the most common type of title for a documentary is the lower-third, which is a title that identifies a speaker. Depending on your workflow, you may send your titles to be created by a motion graphics expert who might use a third-party program like Adobe After Effects, and then you just import the titles during the final phase of the edit, and that's fine. However, there is a nice titling and graphics program right insight Media Composer called Avid Marquee that allows you to mass create your titles.

So that's what I want to show you. All right, so I have my sequence here, and it's ready for titles, and I want to open up marquee, so I'm going to go to Tools > Title tool Application, and there are Two Title Tools in Marquee. There is the Title Tool, it's very, very basic rudimentary editor, and then there's Marquee. So I'm going to choose that. And I can create my title from scratch, that's totally okay. If you want basic marquee instruction, you can check out my Media Composer Essentials course.

However, I'm just going to load a predefined Avid template to edit and then I'm going to show you AutoTitler, which is going to allow us to mass create those titles. All right, so here in the Templates Library, I want to choose Templates and then Avid Templates, and then Lower Thirds. And here are just a couple templates that I can use, and then modify if I want to. I can come in and grab it, and then modify it. I'm going to need to press Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z, to get rid of that. Okay.

I'm just trying to find one that I think would be a good base, simple one. All right, so I think I'm going to use this one, and then just modify it just a tiny bit. I can grab the color of this purple line and make it more of maybe a blue, and then I'm going to grab this highlight color, and make it more of maybe an icy blue here. Okay, so these are very basic modifications, you can go nuts if you want to. I do want to call out just a couple of things. This is a layer.

And if I take a look in Layers, you can see that it has four objects. It has two text boxes. So if I click on Text Box 1, that's associated with this, Text Box 2 is down here, and then I have my Purple Rule and my gradient. This must be named Text Box 1, and this must be named Text Box 2 in order for AutoTitler to work. I'm going to show you the document that I'm going to be bringing in, so this makes just a little more sense. I'm just going to minimize this, and this, and go into transcripts and titles, and my credits, and I just have six credits here.

I just want to show you that this line corresponds to Text Box 1, and then you just press Enter once, and this line corresponds to Text Box 2. And then you press Enter twice and then you do it again. This is the structure. This can be again 6 titles or 600, it doesn't matter just as long as it's structured like this, and it's saved as a plain text document, so a .txt. All right, so I go back into Marquee, and we want to now that we have created the template or actually used the template and just modified it slightly, and we've made sure that these are named correctly, I just go to File > AutoTitler, and I find that Credits list, and open, and Starting Title Number 1 is fine. So we'll say OK.

And as you can see, those six titles were created super fast, here, they are all available in the Windows menu. You can kind of see them here, and pretty good, huh? So, I'm going to go ahead and save these to the bin. So I'm going to go to File, and I can just Save to Bin if I just want the one that's loaded Save to Bin, or Save All to Bin if I want them all to go. So just creating the titles, creating the Alpha channels.

There was an untitled one, which is what I started with. I'm going to not save that one, we don't need that. But here they all are. They are just as I want them, and I can just edit them right into the sequence. So basically, I would just find my first instance of BD being on screen, which is not in the introduction. Actually, we'll just grab, well we probably won't identify them in the intro. So, I'm going to go get BD right here.

So, I'll just mark an in and an out, patch V1 to V3, and I'm just going to overwrite B. And there we go! And I probably should have paid attention to who I was overwriting? I need to get BD's title. So, I'm just going to quickly get him and overwrite. There we go! That's the right guy just full resolution there.

So, as a result of me using the template, this is probably not the best design for the titles, but you get the idea. You can certainly go in, you can make it look however you want and then just using the AutoTitler, you can create them all in mass. Again, whether you have 6 or 600, it's really created in the blink of an eye, and it's really, really convenient for creating lots of Lower Third titles for your documentary.

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