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This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Exploring the documentary postproduction process
- Organizing footage and using searching techniques
- Setting up and using digital transcripts
- Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
- Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
- Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
- Receiving feedback
- Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio
Skill Level Intermediate
Once your documentary is ready to go, you'll want to add titles. Now, by far, the most common type of title for a documentary is the lower-third, which is a title that identifies a speaker. Depending on your workflow, you may send your titles to be created by a motion graphics expert who might use a third-party program like Adobe After Effects, and then you just import the titles during the final phase of the edit, and that's fine. However, there is a nice titling and graphics program right insight Media Composer called Avid Marquee that allows you to mass create your titles.
So that's what I want to show you. All right, so I have my sequence here, and it's ready for titles, and I want to open up marquee, so I'm going to go to Tools > Title tool Application, and there are Two Title Tools in Marquee. There is the Title Tool, it's very, very basic rudimentary editor, and then there's Marquee. So I'm going to choose that. And I can create my title from scratch, that's totally okay. If you want basic marquee instruction, you can check out my Media Composer Essentials course.
However, I'm just going to load a predefined Avid template to edit and then I'm going to show you AutoTitler, which is going to allow us to mass create those titles. All right, so here in the Templates Library, I want to choose Templates and then Avid Templates, and then Lower Thirds. And here are just a couple templates that I can use, and then modify if I want to. I can come in and grab it, and then modify it. I'm going to need to press Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z, to get rid of that. Okay.
I'm just trying to find one that I think would be a good base, simple one. All right, so I think I'm going to use this one, and then just modify it just a tiny bit. I can grab the color of this purple line and make it more of maybe a blue, and then I'm going to grab this highlight color, and make it more of maybe an icy blue here. Okay, so these are very basic modifications, you can go nuts if you want to. I do want to call out just a couple of things. This is a layer.
And if I take a look in Layers, you can see that it has four objects. It has two text boxes. So if I click on Text Box 1, that's associated with this, Text Box 2 is down here, and then I have my Purple Rule and my gradient. This must be named Text Box 1, and this must be named Text Box 2 in order for AutoTitler to work. I'm going to show you the document that I'm going to be bringing in, so this makes just a little more sense. I'm just going to minimize this, and this, and go into transcripts and titles, and my credits, and I just have six credits here.
I just want to show you that this line corresponds to Text Box 1, and then you just press Enter once, and this line corresponds to Text Box 2. And then you press Enter twice and then you do it again. This is the structure. This can be again 6 titles or 600, it doesn't matter just as long as it's structured like this, and it's saved as a plain text document, so a .txt. All right, so I go back into Marquee, and we want to now that we have created the template or actually used the template and just modified it slightly, and we've made sure that these are named correctly, I just go to File > AutoTitler, and I find that Credits list, and open, and Starting Title Number 1 is fine. So we'll say OK.
And as you can see, those six titles were created super fast, here, they are all available in the Windows menu. You can kind of see them here, and pretty good, huh? So, I'm going to go ahead and save these to the bin. So I'm going to go to File, and I can just Save to Bin if I just want the one that's loaded Save to Bin, or Save All to Bin if I want them all to go. So just creating the titles, creating the Alpha channels.
There was an untitled one, which is what I started with. I'm going to not save that one, we don't need that. But here they all are. They are just as I want them, and I can just edit them right into the sequence. So basically, I would just find my first instance of BD being on screen, which is not in the introduction. Actually, we'll just grab, well we probably won't identify them in the intro. So, I'm going to go get BD right here.
So, I'll just mark an in and an out, patch V1 to V3, and I'm just going to overwrite B. And there we go! And I probably should have paid attention to who I was overwriting? I need to get BD's title. So, I'm just going to quickly get him and overwrite. There we go! That's the right guy just full resolution there.
So, as a result of me using the template, this is probably not the best design for the titles, but you get the idea. You can certainly go in, you can make it look however you want and then just using the AutoTitler, you can create them all in mass. Again, whether you have 6 or 600, it's really created in the blink of an eye, and it's really, really convenient for creating lots of Lower Third titles for your documentary.