Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a title, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Narrator] I've got an opening clip here for this sequence, that I'd like to put a title over. I'll just play the opening so you can see it. It's a slow moving shot. And then a hand comes in. - To me, rock climbing isn't necessarily how hard you can climb. - So we've got the opening of our little documentary piece. I'm going to call this documentary The New Climber. So, let's get this shot onscreen so we can use it for layout.
And we'll go to Clip, New Title. We get an option here to specify which Title Tool we want to use. You've got the option to persist with this option. I'm going to just click on Title Tool for now. And I want to just draw your attention to a little gotcha before we start. You'll notice that we can resize the Title Tool. And if you're working on a smaller screen, it's possible the tool's going to open like this. Kind of cropping the edges of our image.
So to make sure you get the full image back, just resize. You'll reach a point where you can't resize any further. And here we've got our safe title and safe action zones. These are telling us, if we're producing content for a CRT Monitor, cathode ray tube old style TV, we need to keep the action inside this first outer box. And we need to keep graphics inside the inner box. This is the 10% and 20% lines. These safe action and safe title zones are classic and they're pretty useful even if we're producing content for the web.
It's a good idea to keep your graphics in this main part of the image, just for the aesthetic, just for the composition. Right away in this tool, my Text Tool is selected at the bottom. And if you're familiar with any kind of text editing applications, you should be able to pretty much find your way around the basics here. I'm going to click and type. The New Climber. And then I'm going to switch to the Selection Tool. And reposition this.
I've got an alignment menu up here. So I can center in frame horizontally or vertically. Just to clean things up. And speaking of cleaning things up, You can see that this text is pretty badly aliased. We've got all these jagged lines around the text. And that's because, by default, the Avid Tool is in a kind of low resolution preview mode to speed up performance. This is an old feature that parks back to a time when computers were much less powerful than they are now.
And if we go to the Object Menu, you'll notice by the way we're now in the Avid Tool. We're not in Media Composer. In the Object Menu I can choose preview. This has the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + P, or Shift + Control + P on Windows. And now we get clean text. And this menu option will pretty much stay selected. So once you've to the preview mode on, you should get clean text. The Avid Title Tool uses object-oriented design. Which means you select an object, in this case some text, and then the options you choose at the bottom here control the appearance.
Here for example, I've got the option to specify a fill color, a shadow color, a border color, and here I can specify the opacity. So for example, if I set the fill to, well you know maybe I can take this eyedropper and pick out this green. Maybe a lighter green, let me pick something up here. Now just close that. And then here I can click and hold. And make this partially transparent.
And then I'll click on the border color, let's set this to white. That works. And then, I can go down here to the border width tool. And specify a border. That's maybe a little bit too much. That's a little better. You can choose different fonts. You can choose font sizes. You can specify with multiple lines of text if it's left, or center, or right justified. Turn on and off bold and italic. And adjust the kerning and leading.
The kerning is the gaps between the letters. And the leading is the gaps between lines, which we can't see right now. But let me go into my text tool here. And just so you can see this, I'll add another line. Go back to my Selection Tool. Now if I increase the leading. You can see I'm changing the gap between the lines. Now just undo to remove that line.
Okay, these options over here allow you to specify the direction of a shadow. So, if I pull out here you can see we get fake 3D. It's kind of 2 1/2D. Giving us the idea of a position of a shadow. This is the distance. You can specify if it's a drop shadow or a depth shadow. And if we look under the object menu, we've got the option to soften the shadow. We can specify how much. I'll say okay and we get some softening. I suppose that's acceptable for a start on a documentary.
As you can see we've also, next to the fill color, and we get the same thing for our border color. We can specify a gradient for the colors. And we can also specify a gradient for the transparency. But here, for example, if I set my second color swatch maybe into let's choose something orange on this rock. Take a look at that. Well, that adds a little bit more of the texture and color from the background. I'll close this color picker.
And let's say I'm happy with these settings overall. I can turn off viewing the video background if I want. I can specify a color for the background. I'm going to keep the video on. And I'm going to close the title to save it to a bin. Speaking of which, I should probably make a titles bin. So let's go to the Project Window and choose new bin. And I'll type in titles. Remember, bins have to be open for you to add content to them or change them. And we've got a couple of options when we save titles.
Just like creating motion effects, we can specify whether or not Media Composer is going to make our title media at the same time as creating the effect, or not. And the option to not create the title media is called Fast Save. I'm not going to do it this way around, but you'll see under the object menu fast save is an option that you can enable or disable. There it is on. There it is off. Now I'm going to close the title. I can save this as well if I want.
I'm going to close this. I'm going to choose save. Notice the Fast Save option is disabled here. You can't turn it on in this dialogue. You have to do it in that object menu. And again, this is something that way back when, when computers were not as powerful, you might have wanted to very quickly produce a series of titles, and just get them into the bin and then render the media later. But for now I'm fine with this. I'm going to put the new title in my titles bin. And it's probably a good idea to name the title after the text.
Here we go. Because we're creating new media, I need to specify the resolution of the media. We've got quite a few options available here. Of course Media Composer favors DNxHD, that's the Avid Codec. And the DNxHD 115 is probably fine. 175 is for high end, high quality broadcast productions. It's just a bigger file and better quality. The X after 175 is a 10 bit version. but for this project I think 115 is absolutely fine.
And I'm going to click save. You can see how quickly there the media was created. So, the fast save option is probably not really necessary. But with titles selected in a bin, you can always go to the clip menu and choose Create Unrendered Title Media. It's great out here, because of course I have my media. And here's my title. And that's how you create new titles in Media Composer.
- Setting up the editing environment
- Creating a new project
- Importing media
- Finding, organizing, and linking clips
- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
- Combining effects
- Applying freeze frame and motion effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting video projects