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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.
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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