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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.
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.