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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
During many sporting events and interviews, you'll often see a little bar come across the bottom of the screen that will describe what's going on, like this dude is flying on the snowboard or this person is talking about this and they have this authority, or whatever. And that bar, typically at the bottom or towards the bottom of the screen, is referred to as a lower third. Now don't let the name fool you. Lower third does not mean that it's going to be like at that third mark, or it's going to take up a third of the screen, or anything like that. It could be above the subject. Typically, it's just a line at the bottom stating what's going on.
Now ideally you want to design something like this in a design program like Photoshop, or Illustrator, or even Adobe After Effects. But if you don't have access to those things in a pinch, you can actually use the Titler in Premiere to create titles. We are going to be looking at making a lower third in the Titler right now. So let's go to the Project panel, create a new Title. I am going to call this title Lower Third and press OK. Now in the last movie we created Type. But now we are actually going to go down below those tools, and we are going to create a lower third using these shapes here.
So I am going to click on the Wedge tool, otherwise know as Triangle Maker. And if I hold the Shift key on any of these shapes, it will constrain the proportions, so that the width and height are the same. So I can do that here. And I am going to make a triangle about yea big, and then I am going to select the Rectangle tool above it, and I am going to click and drag to make a rectangle. Looking pretty good. I'm going to select the Selection tool here. I'll click the triangle and move this up and over a little bit.
And I actually want to make it so that the bottoms of the triangle, or the wedge, are lined up with my rectangle. And actually I can click this little center dot right here at the top, to resize this vertically. I could also resize it vertically using the one at the bottom. Resize it horizontally using middle dots or anchor points on the right hand and left hand sides. And if I click and drag on the corners, I could resize vertically and horizontally at the same time. So I am going to make this about as wide, but a little less tall. They are not lined up now, but what I could do is go back to the Selection tool and I can click on one and then Shift+Click.
I'll hold the Shift button down and click on the other, so they are both selected. Now once you have more than one Shift selected then you have these cool Align options that are all laid up for you. So I actually I want to align their vertical bottoms. So I am going to click on the Vertical Bottom button. So now their bottoms are aligned. And actually I might want to also click this button, which will align their left edges, and let's go ahead and do that. Now I want to create another triangle that's kind of like the opposite of this on the right-hand side, maybe a little bit smaller.
So I am going to click the Wedge tool. Click and drag to create a triangle holding the Shift key. I'll make this one a little bit smaller. That looks pretty good. Now as we have talked about in the last movie, we can adjust stuff, including text, in the right-hand side of the Title Properties panel here, and we can adjust Shapes the same way. So I am going to actually fiddle with rotation until it flips upside down here, 180 degrees. Select the Selection tool and move this into place. And then I'll actually, while this is selected, Shift+Click the rectangle.
Then I'll do the Vertical Align of their tops and of their right edges, kind of like we did with the left wedge. Now we have the cool basis of a lower third. And actually now that I am looking at, I am going to click this and resize it. Make a little bit taller, so we have more room for our text in here. Now this is looking pretty cool, but I could continue to fiddle, and actually I am going to continue to fiddle. I want the angle of the wedges to kind of mimic this mountain here. So I am going to go back to Rotation. And I'm going to click and drag this to the left just a little bit and tell the Rotation we are creating some parallel lines here.
Do the same thing with this other Wedge. I want to make something a little bit more rough and frenetic. So if there are some extra edges popping out here, that's okay, and if it's not perfectly aligned, that's also okay. I am going to click this front wedge, and I am going to hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the PC. Notice when I do that I get a little buddy arrow there. And that indicates that if I click and drag, while holding the Alt or Option key, I'm going to make a copy, which is actually what I want to do. So I click and drag this out, and move this up a little bit, so we have some kind of staggered action there.
Same thing with this Wedge, except I am going to drag a copy down and to the left. So again, what this is doing is making it so that our design is a little bit more jagged and rough and has little bit more energy. Now what I could also do is select the Line tool, and I am just going to click and drag to give this a motion, and that looks good. I'll make a line at the top here, kind of shooting out and going up a little bit. And then I am going to make another couple of little lines on top here.
Actually let's start there, click in the line up top. It's a little bit too high, so I am going to select the Selection tool, and drag that down and move that over just a little bit. I am actually going to takes the Line Width down to 2, on that extra one. I just kind of want to add some extra sketchy lines for some extra motion, and actually I am going to click on this line here, and rotate it a little bit less because it's looking like it's a little bit too rotated there. Then same thing on this one, I am going to rotate it back the other direction, and then I could use my Arrow keys to nudge it upwards, and I'll go back and create another line here, just another little frenetic line just to show energy.
Click the Selection tool and then use the Arrow keys to bump that up. Move it over to the right a little bit, and I also might want to take this Line Width to 2 and maybe rotate it a little bit more in that direction. So now we have a pretty cool-looking title that we can add some text to. So now I could go ahead and select my Type tool. And actually, I am going to click and drag in this blank spot up here, and I am going to fiddle with my text up here. And then once I get the text the way I like it, then I am going to drag and drop it on top of these other shapes.
If I actually create it in place, the chances are that if I want to go back and adjust it, I am inadvertently going to click a shape, and I don't want to do that. So the first thing I am going to do is I am going to lower the Font Size. I want something much smaller here. I am actually going to change the Color, which you actually could do by any of these shapes as well. But I am going to go ahead and click the Color Swatch here, and I am going to get an orange that kind of mimics the snowboard going on there, maybe a little bit brighter and go ahead and click OK. And then I could start typing my text here.
Let's go ahead and type in capital PRO SNOW. So I am going to go ahead and click and drag to select all this text. I might reduce the Font Size a little bit. I also might increase the Tracking, which will stretch out the space between the letters there. And then I could select the Selection tool and drag this into place, and I'll probably change the Rotation just to make this a little screwy, a little off a little bit. There we go and contrast the lines around it.
And I might polish up these lines just a little bit, rotate those back, a little bit more crazy. There we have our awesome Titles, and actually select my Pro Snow and rotate a little bit more and make the Font Size a little bit bigger. I might need to increase the Size of the Textbox to do that. But we can do that. And there we have a pretty interesting Title. I might change the Font and kind of play with this a little bit more.
But I am kind of liking what I have here. And we could again close out the Titler and then drag and drop this onto video track 2, and there we have our lower third. Now this is a regular old layer, a regular old clip that we can click to select and then open up Motion, and we could adjust and animate the position if we want to animate it like coming onscreen or going offscreen, or if we wanted to open up Opacity and have it fading in or out, we can totally do that. So while it's not the most professional graphic you have ever seen created, I mean really, your creativity's the limit on what you come up with, because you have so much control with those basic shapes and all those other parameters on the right-hand side to adjust, that you really can come up with some interesting designs.
By the way, if you did want to go back and fiddle with this, for example, you might want to change the font here, this is the terrible looking font for this project, what I could do here is double-click lower third, the title in the Project panel. That will open you're the Titler again, and then I could go ahead and select my text and then select something a little bit more suited to our subject matter, maybe something with stencils, something a little but more intense like this Cracked Font. And then we could increase the Font Size, and there is magic all around.
So looking good, close this. We could see our changes show up in our Project automatically, and that is the way to create shapes and objects inside the Titler.
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