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Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients

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Now we are back in title creation and while we won't be able to get into all the intricate title tools available, we will explore two common ones in this movie, Gradient and Object Creation. So let's say that we would like to add a gradient to this title and we can certainly do so. First, I am going to select my text and then I am going to come over to this box, Enable gradient, and we will check that. Notice by default, what it does is it has a local gradient, which means a letter based gradient from black to the color I have already chosen for every single letter.

Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients

Now we are back in title creation and while we won't be able to get into all the intricate title tools available, we will explore two common ones in this movie, Gradient and Object Creation. So let's say that we would like to add a gradient to this title and we can certainly do so. First, I am going to select my text and then I am going to come over to this box, Enable gradient, and we will check that. Notice by default, what it does is it has a local gradient, which means a letter based gradient from black to the color I have already chosen for every single letter.

Now usually that's not desirable. I want to select my own colors. So I am going to do that by coming up to this triangle here and right-clicking. I get my Color palette up. I will go ahead and keep my yellow for the left side of my gradient and on the right side I will choose this orange color. Notice that I still have a locally mapped gradient, which means that every single letter has a shift from yellow to orange. What I would like instead is a global gradient, which means that it's going to go from yellow to orange over the entire two words.

To change this, I am going to switch my Mapping from Local to Container and you can see that now I am going from yellow to orange over the entire two words. The bounding box is actually the container so you can see the gradient shift slightly as I bring it closer to the end of the words. So I am going to release it right there and that's a nice gradient. Notice that the gradient is a vertical orientation. If I would like to change it so that yellow to orange occurs from top to bottom, I can change to horizontal orientation with this button here. Or if I want the colors to radiate from the center out, I can choose radial orientation.

I think I would like to stay with horizontal. I have my orange at the bottom and my yellow at the top. And I am going to select my next title here. Again, I am going to enable gradient. This is not what we want so we will come up to our triangle here, right-click, and let's choose our orange again and come over to this one, right-click and let's go ahead and go to this pale yellow color here.

Again, we have local mapping on every single letter from orange to yellow. I am going to change this to a Container. Let's go ahead and also change it to horizontal orientation. Now one more thing I would like to add to this title is a shape. Our shape creation tools are right here along the left of the Tool palette. I have a Rectangle and an Ellipse. We will go ahead and choose Rectangle and draw it over my text.

Obviously, I am not going to leave it positioned on top of it. Rather I am going to send it behind it, which we can do via the Object menu here. Send Backward will go back one layer at a time, and if I choose Send to Back, it will go back behind all of the exiting layers. So I will choose Send to Back. We can change the color, opacity, and gradient of my shape the same way that we did for the text in our Quick Title Properties box. So let's go ahead and choose a nice pale yellow and bring the Opacity down quite a bit like so.

I will add a drop shadow and maybe a nice gradient from this pale yellow color to a pale orange color. So we have a nice title with an object. We have got gradient. We have got drop shadow. I think this will serve as a nice template for our Urban Nutcracker sequences. Depending on the type of project, I think it's always nice to give a little flair to titles and often adding a gradient or a series of shapes can help you give it that extra panache.

Now in the next movie, we will take a look at how title templates can help us in offering interesting title creation options.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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