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- Importing and capturing media
- Relinking missing media
- Arranging and deleting clips in the Sceneline and Timeline
- Adjusting clip length
- Splitting and moving clips
- Applying transitions
- Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips
- Making color adjustments
- Animating and working with keyframes
- Recording voiceovers and narration
- Creating lower thirds
- Sharing projects: DVDs, Blu-ray, and the Web
Skill Level Beginner
So I just finished my intro to Santa Barbara, welcoming you into our dance company, and I want to add a little title that just says "Welcome to Santa Barbara." So let's take a look at how we add text into our videos. In the Preview Monitor here, we can go and click on the default text tool. It's a big T. Just click on it once, and it's going to make a text element. And one thing I did wrong was I wanted it to be right about where I'm going to start saying "Welcome to Santa Barbara." But wherever you have the Current Time Indicator, that's where it's going to place your text into the video layer.
So, not a big deal. I'm just going to go--right about there I say "Welcome to Santa Barbara." I'm going to go out to this Title 02, which is my text, and just drag it over, click and drag, and then I might actually extend it just a little bit. That's good. So now I'm going to go into adding some text, and I'm going to change this and say "Welcome to Santa Barbara." And if you've ever used anything like Microsoft Word, you will be very comfortable in this because it's got a lot of the same tools.
So here's my Selection tool, and I'm just going to drag this over into the middle a little bit. And I'm going to here and change my alignment to center alignment. That looks a little bit better. I can also go in and change different text fonts, so I can choose Courier or even the amazing Helvetica, which is worthy enough of making a whole movie on. So there's Helvetica, and I can go into bold or--so I'm just going to stay at Light Oblique for now. But what if I don't want to do that? I can also use text styles.
So here's text styles. These are presets that you can choose, so here's Bell Gothic. It changes it to that. Here's another one, Charlemagne, Puffy. So there are a lot of different styles that it ships with, and you just have to go and find the one that you like. So this is nice, "Welcome to Santa Barbara," it's a nice font there and I'm happy with that. So I'm just going to leave that one alone. If I wanted to change the color of it, I could go in here and choose Color Properties and say you know what, I want this to be more of a green kind of a linear gradient it's got going on here, so that's kind of cool.
I'm going to leave that alone. I like that. And you know what, I'm going to probably use this on future videos that I'm doing about Santa Barbara. So I'm going to go right here and choose Save Style, and I'm going to call this Dave's Green SB, for Santa Barbara and I click OK. And if I want to ever get to this later on when I'm making more titles, I just have to down arrow in the Text Styles and at the very end of all the presets is Dave's Green SB. So I just need to, for example, go into the Type tool here and type in whatever I want, and I can just click on that and it changes it automatically into Dave's SB.
But I don't want that, so I'm going to erase that. And I'm liking this. It looks good. So now let's go back into the Timeline and as you can see, we have that red render bar going across. So we want that to be green. Let's go back a little bit. Let's press the Enter key, and let's start to render. (video playing) (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we are going to see some amazing) (dancing from the Santa Barbara Dance Company.) (So let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) And that's it. It looks great! Easy to do, easy to change, great to customize.
Now what if you wanted to add an animation, something fading in that you'd like to have? So let's take a look at how to add an animation. I'm going to go down here. Now one thing about animation and text is it doesn't like to work with the presets, these text styles. It likes to work with just regular text. So let's choose the Text tool down here and you see I have my playhead moved, and I'm just going to write "Alina Interview." And that's Alina, one of the dancers and maybe I just want to have this down here, so we can see who it is.
I might want to change the coloring a little bit. I'm going to go with the other stuff, so there. That's good, and I can go in there and change our font. So let's find something nice. It says Brush Script a little bit. So that looks kind of cool. So now I just want to add an animation. So if I close out the Text Styles and choose in Text Animation, I have some great options. And I'm going to just close this down a little bit so we can see. If I press the button, it'll show me. It kind of flies across, and that's kind of cool.
There are many others that I can choose, but I'm going to stick with that one. It's nice and clean. And all I need to do is click Apply and it's going to apply the animation preset to that text. And now I'm going to go back into my Timeline and I'm going to get rid of this red bar here by pressing the Enter key, and it renders it out, and we'll see some animation. (video playing) Now one thing to keep in mind is that anytime you render anything in Elements, it's going to go back to the very beginning of your movie, even if you're ten hours into it.
So that's something to keep in mind. So we're done here. Let's see what happens. (video playing) (Alina: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible.) So that was cool. I mean, it just kind of zoomed on, and I like the way it looked and of course, you can double-click here and go back in and change the animation if you like. So we can go try a different one. Let's try this one. We'll apply that. And I can change the color back to, say, white, because I wanted it to be a little more viewable.
And now I can just go back and press the Enter key one more time and we'll render it out. And here I'll move my playhead back here and let's see what that looks like. (Alina: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) That was an interesting little look and I don't know if I want to use that or not, but I can always go back and change that once again by double-clicking and finding the new animation. I actually liked the first one better, so I'm going to choose it again and click Apply, go back, press Enter. So there it is.
That's easy to add an animation to your title. There are tons of presets. One thing I would do is go in here for sure and clean this up, so this would be welcome, and this is back in our Project Screen. So it doesn't say Title 01, Title 02. You know exactly what they are in case you have to go to them. In this we're going to write alina interview. So now anytime I need to go back, if I have a lot of interviews with Alina, I can just go in there and add them. Let's take a look at one other thing that kind of bothered me and I want to make it look a lot better.
So in my Welcome Screen where I say, "Welcome to Santa Barbara" in my text right here, it kind of just ends abruptly and let's just scroll, and it just pops off. I kind of want to do a nice little fade-out. I know what you're thinking. I'm going to go in and click on my Edit menu and choose Transitions and I'm going to drag this Dip to Black. But let me show you what happens if I do that. So let's just drag it on. Let me render that really quickly, and we'll skip ahead here, and let's press the spacebar.
(David: Santa Barbara Dance Company--) It not only faded that out, but it also faded out the video below. So anytime you add an effect or a transition to something on top of the text or maybe you have five layers of text or other videos, that's always going to work its way down to whatever is below. We don't want that. But we have a good friend in our Motion tab. So I'm going to select my text and I'm going to go into Edit > Effects and I'm going to choose Edit Effects.
And now I've got my motion. And we're going to do our Show Keyframes, as we've done before. And now, like I said, I can work all in here. So at the end of the video, I'm going to go in here and we're going to look for Opacity. So let's look for the Opacity area, and we're going to set a keyframe and let's set a keyframe there. And I'm changing this to 0 and now we're going to scroll back and make that 100. So it should go from 100 down to 0.
So let's take a look at how that works. I am going back to the beginning of my Timeline, and now I've got to render that red bar once again to show our animation. And now we'll pause it and skip ahead a little bit, and it fades out nice and subtly. (video playing) So I like that. I'm happy and that looks fantastic. Remember, you can always challenge yourself with ideas, with text, with animations, and have a lot of fun customizing things, and you can edit them at any time.