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Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee

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.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee

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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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
 
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