Video Production And Moving Picture Editing English Language Essay

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You have already done some basic titling in Adobe Premiere. As you saw, the software offers you a range of templates which you can adapt. This makes titling much quicker to create, especially if you have to create titles that must be consistent for the duration of a programme. The following module will briefly look at using a design template to create a video title, how to input lettering to a video, and how moving lettering can be created.

Unit 1 Creating a video title using a design template

The title templates included with Premiere Pro provide numerous themes and preset layouts that make it quick and easy to design a title. Some templates include graphics that may be pertinent to your movie’s subject matter, such as new baby or holiday themes. Others include placeholder text that you can replace to create credits for your movie. Some templates have transparent backgrounds, represented by dark gray and light gray squares, so that you can see your video beneath the title; yet others are completely opaque.

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You can easily change any element of the template by selecting it and either deleting it or overwriting it. You can also add elements to the template in the same way you would normally add features to a Premiere project. After you modify the template, you can save it as a title file for use in current and future projects. Alternately, you can save any title you create as a template.

(TN) Take note

Safe zones are areas on the frame where text should be placed. When you edit a video for broadcast and videotape it is important that you use safe zones. Most consumer TVs cut off a portion at the outer edges of the picture. To ensure that everything fits within most TVs display, keep text within the title-safe margins, and all other important elements within the action-safe margins. The title-safe and action-safe margins do not apply to computer or internet projects because the entire image is displayed in these media. The title-safe and action-safe margins designate the safe zones. These margins are enabled by default. (END TN)

(KW) Keywords

designate: to specify (END KW)

1.1 Load a template for a new title

To load a template:

choose Title > New Title > Based On Template

click the triangle next to a category name to expand it

Select the template you want then click OK

You can now add your own text to the project.

(ACT) Activity 12.1 Group activity

Look through the various templates and compare them to the titles you have seen on television. Discuss which template you would use for different programmes and experiment with adding templates to your own footage.

Assessment: No formal assessment. (END ACT)

Unit 2 Input lettering into a video

Adding lettering to a video is very easy. To add text without boundaries:

Figure 12.1: The Title Tools panel

Open the Title Tools panel.

Click on the Type tool.

Click on the drawing area and start typing to add text.

You can also add vertical text by clicking on the Vertical Type tool.

To add text within specific boundaries you have to use the Area Type tool. This works in the same way as the normal Type tool except that you have to drag a box on the screen in which the type will fit. Once you have dragged the box, you can start typing in it. The text will move to the next line when it goes to the edge of the box.

The Title window provides you with a huge array of tools to create titles of any style as well as style presets which you can use. Try these out. Remember, when creating titles they should be appropriate for the subject matter and tone of your content. Do not forget to apply design principles you have already learnt!

(ACT) Activity 12.2 Individual assignment

1. Add any video to a new Premiere project.

2. Add a paragraph of text using the Area Type tool.

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3. Add vertical text using the Vertical type tool.

Self assessment: Mark your own answers using the given checklist.

Criteria

Y/N

Was a paragraph of text added using the Area Type tool?

Was vertical text added?

(END ACT)

Unit 3 Create moving lettering such as rotating letters

Though static titles, graphics and logos are good enough for some projects, many others require titles that move across the footage. To create a rolling or crawling title:

(TN) Take note

Titles that move vertically over the footage are called rolls. These are common as end credits. Titles that move horizontally are called crawls. These are often used as a transition for name titles. (END TN)

Go to File > New > Title.

Choose a name for your title.

Select the Roll/Crawl tool in the title design window.

Choose the title type you would like to use (roll or crawl).

If you want the title to start or end off screen, check the appropriate checkboxes.

Use the Type tool to add text to your title. Make sure your type goes beyond the size of the frame. This allows the type that is outside the frame to roll or crawl in.

Close the title designer when you are done.

Add your title from the project manager to the timeline.

The longer the title takes on the timeline, the slower it will move.

You can, for example, create rolling credits by creating a long text box using the Area Type tool.

You can also apply motion effects to your titles. Animated titles work with key frames, similar to the way that animation works in Adobe Flash. To create your own animated titles you should:

Create the title.

Add the title to your sequence.

Go to the point in the timeline where you would like the animation to start.

With the title selected, go to the Effects Control panel.

Click on the arrow next to Motion to show all the properties.

Click on the stopwatch icon next to the property you wish to animate. For example, if you would like to move the title, click on the stopwatch icon next to position. This creates a key frame at that point in your sequence.

Go forward in the sequence to the point where you would like the animation to stop.

Move the title to the position you would like it to be in. A new key frame will automatically be created at this point.

Play the sequence.

By making use of time key frames you can animate any title in the same way you would animate a Flash project!

Figure 12.2: The Effects Control panel

(ACT) Activity 12.3 Individual activity

1. Review the work done on animation in Topic 2.

2. Apply the techniques taught in Topic 2 to create different title animations.

Assessment: No formal assessment (END ACT)

Module summary

In this module, you have learnt that:

safe zones are areas where the editor knows that titles will not be cut off

templates can be used to add creative titles quickly

different type tools allow you to add either unbounded text or text within boundaries

titles that move vertically are called rolls

titles that move horizontally are called crawls

titles can be animated using the same techniques as those used in Flash

Summative assessment

Theoretical assessment

1. In your own words, describe how you would add an animation to a title. (9)

You can also apply motion effects to your titles. Animated titles work with key frames, similar to the way that animation works in Adobe Flash. To create your own animated titles you should:

Create the title.

Add the title to your sequence.

Go to the point in the timeline where you would like the animation to start.

With the title selected, go to the Effects Control panel.

Click on the arrow next to Motion to show all the properties.

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Click on the stopwatch icon next to the property you wish to animate. For example, if you would like to move the title, click on the stopwatch icon next to position. This creates a key frame at that point in your sequence.

Go forward in the sequence to the point where you would like the animation to stop.

Move the title to the position you would like it to be in. A new key frame will automatically be created at this point.

Play the sequence.

2. What is the difference between rolls and crawls? (1)

Rolls move vertically while crawls move horizontally.

Total marks: 10

Practical assessment

Assignment 1

For this task you need to work individually on the footage you have already prepared for your news programme. Now you will be adding titles to the project. To do so:

Load the footage that was shot for your news title sequence.

Look at it carefully and plan your own title sequence in a storyboard.

Edit your title sequence and add the appropriate titles for your programme.

Add your two news items and include relevant titles (such as names or other information) with them.

Show your progress to your lecturer and improve these titles as much as you can.

Lecturer assessment: The lecturer will assess your work based on the given rubric.

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Assessment criteria

Rating achievement

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Did the student create a title sequence for the news programme using created titles or templates and live footage?

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Did the student add the necessary titles to the event item?

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Did the student add the necessary titles to the interview item?

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Did the student use design principles in the design of the titles that are appropriate for the programme?

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Are the titles consistent in look and style over the whole project?

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Did the student refine and improve the edits for the interview and events items?

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Did the student discuss their progress with the lecturer?