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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.
September 21st, 2012
Welcome to another video tutorial produced by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. In this video I am going to show you how to put video into text to give your titles more visual interest. Here is an example of what I am talking about.
As you can see, the text is much more visually interesting with this video element added to it. So let’s get started. In the project, I have already created the bins that will keep my assets organized. Okay, next I’ll create the title by using the shortcut, “control T.” This brings up the “new title” screen which opens in the default size of the project….1280 x 720. I’ll name this title, “Water” and click OK. This launches the title window and I’m set to type the word, “Water.” I have found that this effect works better if the letters are all caps and bold font. So, let me highlight the font, and change it to a font called “Aaron.” I’ll also increase the font size by clicking and dragging the font size percentage, so that it is bigger. Now to center the title on the page using the “vertical center” and the “horizontal center.” Done and save.
Now I’m ready to build the effect. First, I’ll drag the live action video clip that I want to appear inside the text onto the timeline placing it on video track 1. Next, I’ll drag the title and place it over the clip on video track 2. Okay, I’m almost there. Next, I’ll go to the “effects” pallet and type in the words, “track matt” so that I can get to the effect quickly without having to search through everything the Premiere has to offer. There it is. Next, I’ll click and drag the effect onto the clip on video track 1. Nothing happens until I tell the effect what I want it to do. So, go to the “Effect Controls” panel, find the “Track Matt Key” click the drop down and select “video 2” telling the effect to apply itself to whatever’s on video track 2.
Okay, I have my video text sequence which I’ll keep as an isolated sequence that can be used over any background. To put it over the gradient background, I will create another sequence. I go to “new” then select “Sequence.” I’ll title this “composite.” As you can see, there are now two sequences. The rest is simple. Working on the “composite” sequence, click and drag the gradient graphic into the timeline and place it on video 1. To learn how I did this background in the Premiere titler, visit our tutorial call Creating a Gradient Background in Premiere Pro. Next, click and drag the “title” sequence onto the timeline and place it on video 2. And there you have it. Very simple and yet, visually effective. At this stage you can do more stuff to the look….adding a drop shadow for example.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial and that what you’ve learned will help make your videos even more appealing. Be sure to visit the Bizvid Communications blog and subscribe to the BizVid communications channel on YouTube. See you next time.
February 7th, 2012
Today we are going to learn how to create a title known as a roll…similar to what you will find on movie credits where the information rolls up from bottom toward the top 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 roll. Once selected, a new title box appears and this is where you will give a name to the title credits you are creating. For our purposes, we will call this Movie Credits. Click okay to launch the Title Palette. It is within this palette that the title creation takes place. Here we can choose font size, font color, crawl options and things like that.
Let’s begin by selecting the type tool. Position your mouse in the tool pallet and select the “T” which stands for type tool. Then, place your cursor in the workspace and begin typing the text that you want to roll as credits to your movie. In this case I will type few credits and turn the tutorial back on when complete.
In our example the font is too large. So to make it smaller, 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. I also want to change the font style to something more movie like. Our font of choice will be Aaron. Be sure to select the entire font and then click Aaron the change takes place. One last item of business is to give instruction as to how the roll is to come on and off screen. Position your mouse over the Roll/crawl options box and click. Of the several options, the ones we want are start off screen and end off screen check those boxes and we are done. To save the title, click the X at the top right. 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.
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.
January 17th, 2012
San Diego Video production company, BizVid Communications leads the way in the creation of media tutorials. As an example, the tutorial in this blog post is designed to show how to add a title to a video clip in Adobe Premiere Pro.
The first action is to position your cursor on the word “title” found on the menu bar. Once clicked, the drop down will present three title creation choices: Default Still, Default Roll or Default Crawl. For this exercise, click Default Still and the “New Title” box will appear. It is in this box you will name your title. We have chosen to name our new title, “Harbor” since it will be inserted over a video clip of a harbor. Click “okay.”
A “Title Box” appears and this is where you will create the actual title words. Position your mouse over the “T” to activate the “Title Tool” and click. When the “Title Tool” is activated, position your cursor over the main screen and click. This will activate the space which allows you to begin typing the word, “Harbor.”
The word “Harbor” will default to a font style which, in our case, is not the correct font for our purpose. So we will click the “Font Family” drop down found at the right of the main screen and select a new font. When clicked, it will change to the desired style. The font also defaults to a 100% size which is bigger than what we would like. So we will make that change as well.
To discover how to manipulate font size, add drop shadow, change the fill color and text position, watch the video tutorial found in this post. You will be creating titles in minutes.
January 7th, 2012
Welcome to another BizVid Communications video tutorial dealing with the editing functions of Premiere Pro. In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with green screen and to get the most out of the color key function.
I’ve already loaded a video clip in the timeline and you can see the green screen background that will be replaced with something more representative of the scene. And that is the beauty of green screen. It allows you to place a person or object into any background you choose. For the purpose of this video, my background image will be a police car which will play nicely off of the clip of a druggie being scanned for methamphetamine.