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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.
One of the most powerful tools in Marquee is called Auto Titler, which allows you to create multiple titles of the same template based on the information in a simple text document. Let's take a look at how it works. All right, so here is the title that I've created from scratch, and what I'd like to do is use this template for about seven or eight other people in the same show. So what I'm going to do is use the Auto Titler to achieve that. Before going in to Auto Titler, I'd like to first show you how an Avid template looks in regard to its text boxes, which is a really important part of this.
So, I'm just going to go to File > New Title, and then I'm going to go into Templates and then Avid Templates, Lower Thirds and I'm just going to load one of these and as you see here, we have two text boxes. I'm going to open up these layers so you can see what each of this corresponds to. So I'll click on Name, and you can see that this corresponds to something called Text Box 1. I'll click on Location and this corresponds to Text Box 2. It's really important that these are named just like this or Auto Titler won't work.
So, just keep that in mind as we go back to our own template. So I'll go back to our template, and I'm going to open up the Layers and I'll click on the name here. And you can see that it's just called Text Box, so I have to call this Text Box 1. And here, we'll just go ahead and rename this to Text Box 2. And one more thing we have to do. Because there are quite a few names that are longer than Kim's, we need to make room for them to be created.
So I'm just going to extend the bounding box and then right-justify that. And pretty much everybody is a swing dancer, but I'll just extend the bounding box, just for safe measure and right-justify that. Okay, so now we are set to go ahead and get our text document. Let's go ahead into Microsoft Word, and I want to show you what each of those text boxes corresponds to. So the very first line that you type corresponds to Text Box 1.
So I'll just type Kim's name and one carriage return and then her title, then I'll press Enter twice, and we'll go on to the next name, and one return and the title, which corresponds to Text Box 2, and two returns, and keep going. So, this is a great way for you to really quickly enter in some data, maybe perform a spellcheck on it, hand it off to others, make sure everything looks good. And I actually have a finished text document, so let's go ahead and get that.
Everything looks good here. We have Text Box 1, Text Box 2, it corresponds correctly and so now, we're going to go up to File > Auto Titler. I'm going to go to my Desktop, into the Exercise Files, into Additional Files, and then in the Credits folder, I have my autotitler document. I'm going to go ahead and press Open. We're going to start on number 1 here. Press OK. The titles are automatically being created, fitting into my template.
All right, wonderful, all possible titles are created. You can access them from the Windows menu. So you can't really see much here, because these are giant high-definition titles. I'm going have to scroll down a little bit and scroll over so that you can see them. So I can pull each of these up from the Windows menu, check them out, make sure they look good. I think they look great. And then when you're done, you just send them to Avid in the same way that you send any title to Avid.
You go to File, and this time, since there are multiple titles, we're just going to press Save All to Bin. This does take just a little bit of time, so I encourage you to go through this yourself. But basically, that's all there is to it. We just created eight titles with just the click of a button, using the Auto Titler.
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