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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.
It's great to get creative and build your own titles, but if you prefer, marquee has several styles available as templates. You can use these templates and then modify them as you want to create attractive graphic and lower third titles. All right, so I finished building my lower third here. I've added her title and another shape and made a few of other adjustments and that's great, but if I wanted to have a starting place, I could've used one of Avid's title templates. So to demonstrate that, I'm just going to choose a new title, and I'm going to come down here to the Styles library and I'm going to choose Templates and then Avid Templates and Lower Thirds.
Now, I can load each one of these separately by double-clicking, and it gives me one of the templates. I have to press Undo, so Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, if I want to try out another one, because if I just double-click another one, they load on top of one another, and that's not what we want. So, I'll kind of go through-- actually, that one looks nice. Let's go ahead and modify this one. Now I'm going to go ahead and enable my Safe Title, Safe Action lines here and as you see by default, it falls within my safe title boundaries, which is nice.
I'm just going to move it over a little bit. I want to show you another way you can move things in Marquee. If I select, with my Edit tool, one of the objects, I can come down to the Transform Properties box and I can move over like so. So, I can sort of nudge this over to my right side and same thing here, just quickly kind of get that aligned. Okay. So let's go ahead and manipulate this a little bit. I want to match my color scheme a little bit better, so I'm just going to click on my rectangle, and then as you see, my Enable Gradient box is checked and it already has some gradient colors in there for me.
So, I'm going to change the purple color to more of a red so that it matches a little bit better. Again, I'll right-click, and let's go ahead and get this dark pink. And notice that it actually has three color stops, so I'm going to right-click here. And we'll make this one more of a dark red, and I kind of like how it goes opaque. It is still a little bit blue though, so let's change this to a dark gray. And then again, we can move our color stops back and forth to see where these colors change, and it's starting to look pretty good.
I want to make this maybe fully transparent, so again, I can come, right-click, come to color picker, and move my transparency to the left, and we're really seeing through that object now, down to the raw video. So again, I can just come in here. We already have some styles applied to this, including the drop shadow. Okay, so now I'm going to select my Text tool and come in here and just retype her name, and then I'll go ahead and retype her name here too.
We're just going to put her title instead of her location. Okay, so that's looking pretty good. I can make a couple of other adjustments, but as you see, we were able to get to this point a lot quicker by using one of Avid's templates, and you can explore those on your own. There are lots of nice choices. There's lots of different types of Avid templates, so feel free to explore through all of these menus and then customize a way to quickly create your own title creations.
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