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Advanced Digital Video Editing Techniques with Adobe Creative Cloud

Chapter Description

Learn how to use more advanced editing techniques to create a static title with the Abobe Premiere Pro Title tool; work in your Timeline to apply various clip-trimming techniques, apply and modify an effect to clips, incorporate RED footage, create simple dissolve transitions between clips, and generate a preview render of your Timeline; edit closed captions, use the Warp Stabilizer effect to smooth unsteady camera movement in a clip, and upload a file and sync your settings to Creative Cloud.

Adding titles with the Adobe Premiere Pro Title tool

Adobe Premiere Pro gives you the ability to create simple title clips that you can add to your edit. These are typically used as onscreen text to identify a location or someone who is speaking on-camera. Although other applications in Creative Cloud, such as Illustrator or Photoshop, allow you to create text that you can then import to Adobe Premiere Pro, using the native type engine in Adobe Premiere Pro can save you the trouble of switching back and forth between applications and having one more media file to keep track of.

The type engine in Adobe Premiere Pro is quite robust and can employ all kinds of different fonts and presets for styles as well as apply text on a vector path. Titles can either be still or animated.

Let’s add some title clips to the Timeline that will be temporary lower third graphics. These titles will get replaced later with animated motion graphics that will identify the on-camera speakers.

  1. Adjust the Timeline playhead to 00:00:19:19.
  2. Choose Title > New Title > Default Still, or press Command+T (Ctrl+T).

    The New Title window appears. Leave the current values for Width, Height, Timebase, and Pixel Aspect Ratio as is. In the Name field, type lowerThird-temp and click OK.

The Titler will appear with a collection of panels, all of them related to title design. A Tools panel contains a Selection tool and a Type tool along with Font Family and Font Style fields, a Font Size value, type-alignment buttons, Spatial Transform properties, and Type Color properties.

Also, a miniature monitor allows you to see how your title will look when superimposed over the current clip in your Timeline. This monitor shows two concentric rectangles that represent the action safe area (the outer rectangle), as well as the title safe area (the inner rectangle). In most cases, you don’t want to place titles on the edge of a frame. These rectangles provide a general visual guide to ensure that the titles you create will reliably show in the final video with a sufficient space buffer around them.

  1. With the Type tool, click in the lower left area of the frame. Type Name Here. Press Return (Enter) to make a line break, then type Title Here.

  2. Press Command+A (Ctrl+A) to select all text. Click the Left Align button so the type is left aligned. Set the Fill Type to Solid and set the Fill Color to white.
  3. As a general rule, when you’re choosing a type font that will appear in a video, choose an easily legible sans serif font. Set the Font Family to Arial and the Font Style to Regular. Click the Selection tool to commit the changes to your type. Click the Close button at the top of the Title window.
  4. Note the presence of the title clip in the Project panel.
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Let’s create a new track in the Timeline that will be for graphics only.

  1. Choose Sequence > Add Tracks.
  2. Add 1 Video Track, but Add 0 Audio Tracks.

    This made a new video track, Video 4, above Video 3.

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  3. Choose and drag lowerThird-temp to Video 4 at current time.
  4. Extend its Out point to snap to the In point of the next B-roll clip.
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Now you’ll make copies of this placeholder lower third for the remaining graphics that you will make in the next lesson.

  1. Select the lowerThird-temp title clip in track Video 4, and press Command+C (Ctrl+C) to copy it.
  2. Hold down Shift and snap the playhead to the first frame in which you see Interview-heidi.mp4.
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  3. Ensure that Track Targeting on tracks V1 thru V3 is turned off by clicking each light gray track targeting toggle so that it becomes dark gray. Click the Track Targeting switch for V4 to activate it. This ensures that when you paste the title clip, it will go in Video 4.
  4. Press Command+V (Ctrl+V) to paste. The title clip will appear in Video 4.
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  5. Select the tail of the title clip and drag to the left, snapping to the In point of the next B-roll clip in Video 2.
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Next, you’ll make a temporary lower third for Filip.

  1. Hold down Shift and snap the playhead to the first frame in which you see Interview-Filip.mp4. There is no need to make a lower third for Jeff, since he identifies himself on-camera.
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  2. Press Command+V (Ctrl+V) to paste. The title clip will appear in Video 4.
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  3. Select the tail of the title clip and drag to the left, snapping to the In point of the next B-roll clip in Video 2.
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Now you’ll make a lower third for Adam.

  1. Adjust the playhead to the first frame in which you see Interview-Adam1.mp4.
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  2. Press Command+V (Ctrl+V) to paste. The title clip will appear in Video 4.
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  3. Select the tail of the title clip and drag to the left, snapping to the In point of the next B-roll clip in Video 2.
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Finally, you’ll make a lower third for Tyler.

  1. Adjust the playhead to the first frame in which you see Interview-Tyler1.mp4.
  2. Press Command+V (Ctrl+V) to paste. The title clip will appear in Video 4.
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  3. Select the tail of the title clip and drag to the left, snapping to the In point of the next B-roll clip in Video 2.

Graphics bin

Now you will make a new bin, for graphics. You will be making more graphics very soon, and you will want to keep them organized.

  1. In the Project panel, click the New Bin icon.
  2. Name the new bin Graphics.
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  3. Select the lowerThird-temp title clip.
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  4. Drag it onto the Graphics bin.
  5. Twirl the Graphics bin closed.
  6. Press Command+Shift+A (Ctrl+Shift+A) to deselect all.
  7. Press Command+S (Ctrl+S) to save your project.
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