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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the most common types of titles is a roll, which you probably familiar with as the type of title used in movie credits. Another common type is a crawl, which is often used in tickers that are on sports and news stations. In this movie, we'll take a look at how to create a roll and you can use that information on creating a crawl. I have a blank title here and I want to make it in to a roll. So I'm going to hit the R button here. I could bring the Text tool in like so and you will notice that it's a rolling title, because it has a red bar along the right-hand side.
If I just began typing I would be able to type and design my text as I saw fit. However, you can also import text, which is what I'll do. I'll go to File > Import > Text and I've a credits list here that I'd like to use. It's just a list of featured performers, nothing too fancy, but I'll go ahead and center justify it. We'll come up here and increase the size of the text of our title here.
We decrease the size of the text slightly here and maybe increase the kerning just a little bit. So this is a basic rolling title and when we bring it back into Media Composer we will be able to specify its duration. So I'm just going to save it out like normal File > Save to Bin. I'll call it credit list and OK. It's saved to my bin and I will actually probably want to create a new bin for this.
I'll call it Titles (roll). Now as you see it's populated on my source monitor, but I don't see anything at. If I scrub through, however, you'll see all my names there. So what I need to do is edit this into the sequence and then determine how long I'd like it to be. I will just proceed to the end, which is where credits go, and I will mark it In point there. I'll go ahead and mark an In and an Out in my source by just quickly pressing T and Overwrite. There they are! This is two minutes long, way too long for as few names as we have.
So I'm simply going to trim it back by entering Trim mode. Let's go ahead and test how long that is? I'm just going to mark In and Out and check in my Center Duration. This still 31 seconds probably, still a little long, and I'm probably going for something around 15 seconds. So again I'm just going to trim it in and let's test. 17 seconds or so. Let's try it out. So I'm going to render this, because as you see this is a blue dot effect.
It's not going to play in real-time. So I come to my Render button and we'll say OK. Now I will encourage you to only render out a portion of this. The way to stop a render is to hit Ctrl+Period. So Ctrl+Period to stop and we're going to Keep the partial render. What we're doing here is actually testing the speed to make sure that we like how it looks. So we'll keep that and I will play. You know what? It's still a little slow. So again I'll enter Trim mode, trim it back a little bit further, and it looks like we are down to 11 seconds.
Let's try rendering that out and we'll only render a partial portion of this. It's good to manage the amount of media that you actually create so. Doing this sort of thing will help you out in the long run. Keep it and play out. So we like the speed here. All we need to do is to render it out to finish it off and we've got our rolling title. Rolls and crawls are really useful title types to incorporate into your sequence, because it gives a lot of information out in a short amount of time.
So they're really efficient.
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