Production Stills from recent projects...
BizVid Communications is a San Diego based video production company owned by Bill Gruber and Caz Taylor. Together we have over 50 years of video production experience and we like to blog about video production, marketing and business.
January 24th, 2012
Today we are going to learn how to create a title known as a crawl…similar to what you will find in a television newscast where the information crawls across the bottom of the screen.
First is to position your mouse on the menu bar on the word “title.” This activates a drop down menu where you are given three choices. For the purpose of today’s lesson, we’ll choose default crawl. Once selected, a new title box appears and this is where you will give a name to the title you are creating. For our purposes, we will call this ‘tornado” since I am going to type a tornado warning for our fair city. Click okay to bring up the Title Pallet. It is within this pallet that the title creation takes place. Here we can choose font size, font color, crawl options and things like that.
In the tool pallet, select the “T” which stand for type tool. Then, place your cursor in the workspace and begin typing the text that you want to crawl across the bottom of the screen. In this case I will type “TORNADO WARNING FOR THE CITY.”
In our example the font is too large. To reduce the font size, select the font size box and type in 50% then click outside the box. Doing so reduces the font to 50% of the original size. Next to change is the font style. Our font of choice will be Aaron. Click it and the change takes place. Next, is to position the title in the lower third of the screen and to do this, place your mouse over the arrow in the tool pallet to activate the selection tool. Then click and drag the crawl anywhere on the screen.
One last item of business is to give instruction as to how the crawl is to come on and off screen. Click on the roll/crawl options box and check the two boxes: start off screen and end off screen and we are done. Click the X at the top right to save. When you do, the title appears in the project pallet and is ready to bring into the timeline. Click and drag the title into the timeline and there you have it. Render to play. To speed up or slow down the title crawl, expand or reduce the length of the clip. You have learned the simple way of creating a crawl. Congratulations.
March 21st, 2011
Bill Gruber, partner in BizVid Communications, recently returned from Orlando, Florida where he was a volunteer at the Student Television Network Affiliate Convention. The convention is an assemblage of middle and high school students from around the nation, from schools with film and broadcasting programs.
This year’s theme, “U CRE8 THE MSG” brought outstanding training by industry professionals, dynamic national contests, and many opportunities for students and teachers to network with their peers and celebrate their passion for production.
During the three day event, the kids are challenged in a variety of ways. There are numerous contests such as “Live Reporting” where they have 45-minutes to write and produce a story; “Documentary” to be written and produced in 10-hours and “Music Video” which is an 8-hour exercise…to name a few. There are enrichment sessions like “Anchor Tips;” “Auditions: Getting it Right” and “Copyright Law for Student Media” to name a few. And this year’s keynote speaker was Natali Del Conte Morris a host on CNET-TV and a contributor to CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.