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Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients

From: Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Video: Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients

In this movie, we'll explore two common Avid Marquee tools: Gradient and Object Creation. All right! Let's take a look at our title here. It's very simple, and in this movie, let's work on making it a little bit more snazzy. If you're following along with the exercise files and you want to pull up the title at this point in time, just go to File > Open and then navigate to kim1. So I'm going to come over to my Enable gradient. We're going to skip over lighting. This is beyond the scope of this course.

Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients

In this movie, we'll explore two common Avid Marquee tools: Gradient and Object Creation. All right! Let's take a look at our title here. It's very simple, and in this movie, let's work on making it a little bit more snazzy. If you're following along with the exercise files and you want to pull up the title at this point in time, just go to File > Open and then navigate to kim1. So I'm going to come over to my Enable gradient. We're going to skip over lighting. This is beyond the scope of this course.

So let's go and check Enable gradient, and let's take a look at what happened here. In each letter, it proceeds from black to my light-pink color. So it has produced a local letter-based gradient all the way across the board. Now rarely do you actually want it to look like this, so there are a couple of gradient controls that you can adjust in order to make this look a little bit better. First, I'd like to choose the color of my own gradient, so I'm going to uncheck the Tint box here.

And now I'm going to select my gradient colors by right-clicking here in the triangle. So let's again choose our light-pink color and right now, it's going to white. If I want to try something else, I can right- click in this triangle and choose a different color. Again, the gradient is still local. We'll be able to change that by changing our Mapping from Local to Container. Notice that the container is the bounding box.

So as I increase the size of the bounding box, the gradient changes. Another way I can change my gradient is to move this stop to the left and to the right. And it's basically saying where one color is shifting into the other. Another way I can change the way my gradient looks is by changing it from a vertical gradient to a horizontal gradient. And you can see that now it goes from white to pink from top to bottom.

And I can also choose a radial gradient so it goes from red in the middle out to white on the outside. Let's go ahead and choose a horizontal gradient. So we're going from a very light pink to a darker red, and I think it still needs a little bit of definition from the background, so that's where some objects can help us out. We have two object-creation tools here: the Rectangle tool and the Ellipse tool. The Rectangle tool allows you to draw a rectangle, and I'll go ahead and just draw it right over my title here.

I can't see my title, so I'm going need to send that to the background. I do that via the Object menu up here, and I'll just Send to Back. If I had multiple layers, I could send it back one layer at a time with Send Backward. I'll Send to Back and use my Edit tool to resize here, and let's actually make it go across the entire frame. Okay, a little tweaking there. Now let's go ahead and change the color of my object as well.

I could come in and change my base color. I could come into the Enable gradient and make sure that I get the color that I like in here. Again, I'm going to uncheck Tint, and let's go ahead and choose some colors here that might help me stand out from the background. I'll choose the light pink over here on the left and a very, very light gray over here on the right. What I'm going to do is actually add some opacity to this.

I'm going to right-click again, and I'm going to choose my color picker, and I'm going to bring my opacity way down so that it fades into the background. I'll say OK, and we're getting a nice band across the bottom here. I really think that my letters could use a little bit more definition from my object, so let's come on down here to our drop shadow. I'm going to enable the drop shadow and you can see that by default it gives it a 50%-opaque shadow. I like my shadows a little bit crisper, so I'm going to choose 75%.

And I can then just drag this shadow and dynamically change it, or you can just type the values in here. I think I'm going to just change this to 0.5 and -0.5, and we're starting to get some better definition here. I think I'm going to go back into my object and make this a little bit transparent too. So again, I'm just going to right- click, color picker, and then dial down my opacity and say OK.

And we've got a nice semi-transparent band across the bottom, and we have our title right here and it's really readable. Okay, so our title is coming along. I'm probably going to adjust a few more parameters, and I'm going to add her title, Swing Dancer, underneath it. If you're following along with the exercise files, feel free to experiment yourself. And in the next movie, we'll talk about how to create Avid title templates to make this job just a little bit easier.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 14262 viewers

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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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