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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.
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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