Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Integrate type into footage, part of Learning Typography for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] So some of the best examples of text integration in video happen to come from feature film. One of my favorite happens to be Panic Room. If you watch the beginning sequence, you'll see how they actually have type in very static sequences. And what they did was they planed it in a certain way, or moved it in a certain way that it felt like it was part of the city. Another more complex example happens to come from the movie Stranger than Fiction. The introduction to Will Ferrell's character in that film dealt with a lot of motion graphics that were actually tracked to people, but it felt like it was a part of the film and it was a very nice treatment.
When we start to think about text integration, we want to keep a couple things in mind, and number one is that we wanna make sure that our text is definitely still visible and that people can get a sense for what we've typed. Couple ways that we can do that in non-linear editors happen to be with selecting your text or type, and first of all heading to the Effect controls. In Effect controls, one thing we might want to experiment with happens to be a fixed effect called Opacity, gives you options for using Blend Modes. Blend Modes can take text and mix it into your footage.
So if we're coming here, we can start to play with various Blend Modes. Now not all of them are gonna work great, but you'll see here that we start to reveal parts of the city behind, based on certain color and luminance levels of pixels in the image behind. But here you can start to play with various Blend Modes. Some will completely wash out the text, while others might be just right for your project to have a little bit of integration. In fact, it's with Blend Modes that you can do an effect like actually having footage within your text characters, by using certain Blend Modes located closer to the bottom of the list.
Start by playing with Blend Modes to potentially get a look, but keep in mind that you don't want that to make your text not legible on the screen. The next thing you might wanna do is, depending on what time you have inside of Premiere Pro, is to have your text integrated in a way where it feels like it's planed in the environment that you're in. A way to easily do this in Premiere Pro with simple shapes, and by simple shapes I mean things that are circular or rectangular in nature, you could actually apply some masking techniques so that parts of these letters appear behind these big, rectangular building structures.
So this is how I would do that. I would take the clip, on the V1 track by Option clicking, and we can now see that I've totally obscured the text underneath, on V2. So I'll just turn the V3 track off and on. And with the V3 track selected, the clip on it, I'll go again to the Effect controls and look at it's Opacity settings. And this is the one fixed effect on a layer that we are allowed to ask mask to.
And I'm just gonna apply a simple polygon mask, and locate it kinda over the section of the building, right here. So I'm just drawing a rectangular mask, outlining this portion of the building. Now the problem is, this footage moves. So, if I start to move, the mask moves with it, and the effect will then be revealed, which we don't want it to. So just to show a quick way that we can make sure this is integrated, because this is a simple shape, we're gonna try to track it.
And under this mask path is an option to either track forward or backward, based on certain tracking methods. Choosing the default method, I'm just gonna press the backward button, and you'll see that this rectangular shape keeps up nicely with the building, moving all the way back. And if I just deselect that layer, you'll see now that this appears like it's behind that skyscraper. We can also adjust certain mask properties without spending a lot of time, such as the feather or expansion to make the effect even more sellable.
So by playing with the Blend Mode, and by playing with masks, specifically in Premiere Pro, on objects that are more rectangular or rigid in nature, we can create some really believable text and make it feel like it's part of an environment.
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