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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.
Making sharp-looking titles is an absolute must in video editing. Whether it's a full-page graphic, a lower third, or an animated title sequence, Avid Marquee is a great solution for title creation. Marquee is an application within Media Composer, and it's the more advanced of the two title tools. Both applications can be accessed via the Tools menu > Title Tool Application. And as you see here, I get a dialog box asking me if I want to use Marquee or Title tool. There is also a Persist check box if I want Media Composer to open the same Title tool each time.
So I'm going to choose Marquee. And as you see, Marquee opens and it's a new application. It's on top of Media Composer. Media Composer is in the background. I'm going to go ahead and just maximize this so we get the maximum on a real estate. And you see here that we see Kim. This is the frame in our sequence that we're parked on. This is just a reference video frame. It's not going to be part of the title, but it allows us to create the title on top of it. If you'd rather not look at it, you can click on this background key and you'll just see black.
I'll also recommend that you put on your Safe Title/Safe Action lines. The Safe Action line is this outside line, and it guarantees that all action within this line will play on standard television sets. And within the Safe Title line is where you should make all of your titles. Let's come over here to the Marquee tool palette. We have two that we want to touch on right away: the Edit tool and the Text tool. The Edit tool allows you to reposition and rescale text and objects.
We don't have anything to rescale or reposition yet, so let's move on to the Text tool. The Text tool allows me to type my text. If I just click in my video frame and type, the bounding box will expand as I type, and then I can go back to my Edit tool and move it around. Notice that when I increase the size of my bounding box, nothing happens to the size of my text; however, if I hold down Alt while increasing the size of bounding box, my text increases size as well.
If I hold down Shift+Alt or Shift+Option on a Mac, my proportions are constrained. Also notice that when I move my text around with my Edit tool, it snaps to my Safe Title lines. This is really convenient. Up here at the top I have a toolbar and I can choose a font. I'll just choose Arial. And notice that this made my text wrap. You can always just increase the size of your bounding box if you don't want that to happen.
To the right of that is another way that I can change the size of my text. I can either type in a value or there is a value shuttle to the right of that where I can dynamically change the size of my text. If I want to move back to the default value, I can click on my Reset button right there. Let's go ahead and just increase it slightly and make my bounding box big enough for that. Coming over here, I can change the value of my kerning. Kerning is the space in between my letters. So again, I have a value shuttle that I can make things closer together or further apart, and let's go ahead and just increase the size just slightly.
And again, I'm going to have to increase the size of bounding box to be able to fit that in, and I'll go down a little bit. To the right of that, I have a color well. I have a couple of ways that I can choose colors. If I click on this button to the right of the color well, I have my color swatches. I also have a color spectrum where I have a lot more choices. And if I click on color picker, that opens the Mac or Windows colors picker where I have control of not only my hue, but also my saturation, brightness, and opacity.
So I'll just click OK there, and I want to show you one more tool, and that's the eyedropper. If I come down to my eyedropper and then click, I'm able to choose any color within my frame. So if we want to match the red in her hair here, the flower, I can choose that. Obviously, we're going to need a way to separate that from the background, but fortunately, there are ways to do that. We also have the ability to left- justify, center-justify, right-justify our text, or justify it evenly across the bounding box.
I'll go ahead and leave that left justified and come over here to the Quick Title Properties window. Coming over here to my Quick Title Properties window, I have another base color, which you can see matches this one over here. And because I really can't see my text here, I'm going to come back to something a little bit more readable. I'll go ahead and choose this light pink. And then to the right of that I have an Opacity control. I can make it more transparent or fully opaque, and I'll leave it fully opaque for now.
All of these controls are fully animatable, so if you were producing animated titles, you could bring something from transparent to opaque back to transparent quite easily. But in the context of this movie, these are the basics. We have the ability to create and move titles, change the way they look, and we're getting the first introduction to the Quick Title Properties window. We're going to continue with the Quick Title Properties window in the following movie when we explore shapes and Gradient.
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