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Creating titles in After Effects

From: Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Creating titles in After Effects

As mentioned, one of the most common uses of After Effects for Premiere Pro users is to create titles because well, let's just be honest with ourselves, the Titler in Premiere is somewhat lacking and gosh awful. So, what I did is I created some black video and I dynamically linked it to After Effects as we talked about in the last movie. So, I am going to hop over back to After Effects, and we have Black Video here. Let's go ahead and create some type, shall we? Go to the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You will see the Horizontal Type tool, go ahead and click that.

Creating titles in After Effects

As mentioned, one of the most common uses of After Effects for Premiere Pro users is to create titles because well, let's just be honest with ourselves, the Titler in Premiere is somewhat lacking and gosh awful. So, what I did is I created some black video and I dynamically linked it to After Effects as we talked about in the last movie. So, I am going to hop over back to After Effects, and we have Black Video here. Let's go ahead and create some type, shall we? Go to the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You will see the Horizontal Type tool, go ahead and click that.

And then click on the main area of the canvas here. I am going to just go ahead and type 'Coming Soon' and actually my type is formatted really weird. So, I am going to click-and-drag to select that the same way you would in Microsoft Word. And then I'm going to make sure that this little square, the left one, is in front. I am going to click white and I am going to click the background swatch with this little square, which is the Stroke, and I am going to click the None button. So, now we just have white text. Now, I will go ahead and pick a Font here for this dropdown in the Character panel.

Let's do a little bit more standard. We can just do Arial Black. That's always a good fallback. And I am going to take down the Font Size by clicking this little icon right here. And also, we might want to take the Tracking to zero, and that's this value. And I am want to take Vertical Scale up to 100, and Horizontal Scale to 100 as well, so we have some kind of nice plain looking text. By the way, if you are not seeing the Character panel or the Paragraph panel, you can go ahead and click this button while the Type tool is active.

And then you will be able to toggle those panels off and on. Okay, good. Now, to accept the text that we have made, go ahead and click the Selection tool in the upper left-hand corner, which is basically the Black Arrow tool. And then go over, and again this interface, it's kind of confusing when you work with After Effects in Premiere because they are so similar in function, feature, interface and everything that I often get them confused when going back and forth. And it's kind of annoyance but it's also really, really cool that you feel so comfortable in each application, no matter which one you're familiar with.

So, it's great for learning. If I go to the Effects & Presets panel, and again just like in Premiere if something is not showing, your panel's not showing, go to the Window menu and just select it from this dropdown. Now, I am going to go to the flyout menu of the Effects & Presets panel, and I am going to choose Browse Presets. And what that's going to do is it's going to open up Adobe Bridge, and the Presets folder inside of Adobe Bridge. Now just like we looked at earlier in the Training Series with Premiere, After Effects has presets and takes advantage of presets as well. So, this is the folder of presets that ships with After Effects and I have a few here, such as the Datamator presets that you probably will not have in yours, as well as these custom ones that I have created, or this one I've created.

This is a third-party plug-in. But nonetheless, you will have a Text folder, so double-click that folder to open this up and these are the different categories of text animation that you can have access to instantly because of presets in After Effects. So, let's say I will go to Animate In, so I open up Animate In. And here are all these different ways that we could animate our text to come in, our Coming Soon text. So you could click on one of these and Adobe Bridge will give you a preview of what that will look like when you apply that preset.

There is this cool Matrix like character raining thing. Smooth Move. There is Spin By Character, and Fade Up Lines. I am not sure why I am picking the worst possible presets. Some of these are actually really cool. Now, let me go back to text here and Organic has some very interesting ones, say Flying Formation, look at that, kooky zaniness. Hummingbird, Ocean Tide, so you see these are really complex animations.

Imagine you are trying to make something like that in Premiere. It would be pretty much impossible. So I will go back to Text by clicking the navigation buttons up here at the top. Go back to Animate In and I think I actually did like the Decoder Fade In. That would be kind of cool for our Coming Soon text. So, all I have to do is just double- click it, double-click it here in Bridge, and then once we go back to After Effects, we could hit Spacebar to preview. And bada bing, it's done. Our animation is already taken care of, keyframes, the whole bit. It's already here, which is really exciting, very quick, very easy.

And you really don't even have to know much at all about After Effects to make that work. And as always, when we go back to Premiere, hit the Backslash key to expand that again, and you can see that our text shows up here in Premiere, which is very cool. Now, if we want to be extra sassy, what we could do is select this Coming Soon text and take our Current Time Indicator out to a frame where we can actually see the letters Coming Soop. I am going to go to Effects & Presets and I am going to do a search on glow.

And we want this Stylize Glow, this Glow in the Stylize category. Go ahead and apply that. And you could see that we get this really cool glow, and of course we could play around with this and adjust these parameters, but that makes it look even awesomer. And we go over to Premiere, and there is our glow and we've created a fairly complex text animation that would have been very difficult to do in Premiere by itself. And of course, here we can go in and we can select this clip and we could fade out the Opacity of the entire clip, because we still have control over the clip here in Premiere as well.

So, we can have a combination of using After Effects and Premiere together.

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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