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Closing Credits Using Only Pinnacle Studio

Closing Credits Using Only Pinnacle Studio By Le Papy - Last updated on Friday, June 8, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Friday, November 11, 2011
Created on Monday, January 17, 2011 2:21 PM

We have already published several tutorials about creating end credits. Probably, one of the oldest is the tutorial "Closing Credits - "Star Wars"" because it was already on the old Declic-Video site. That tutorial used the 3rd party plugin JPs Effects.

Then came the video tutorial "Tip-4 Closing Credits (#182)" which used Hollywood FX and more recently we had the "Using the HFX effect 312-finale." tutorial which also used Hollywood FX.

Today I will show you end credits made entirely with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate (V14 or above). This tutorial is not intended to provide a ready to use effect, but simply to make you aware of what you can do with just what you currently have. I did not detail the procedures for the Motion Titler which was thoroughly explained in the "Overview of Motion Title" tutorial. If you have any difficulty completing a step, you can always refer to them.

Step 1 : Here's what you should be able to do easily with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate (V14 or above)

Step 2 : Material Preparation

Before you begin creating your credits, you must create a short video 36 seconds long. The video will consist of the main highlights of your film images. For this tutorial, I made a 36 second video with images from "OurNatureAdventure.mpg".

Step 3 : Construction of the Video Track

The video track will be partially filled with a video background (movie film scrolling). On your computer, you should be able to find the "Cinema.mpg" file which will form the basic animated background. The clip is about 12 seconds.

Search File Cinema.mpg

To load the "Cinema.mpg" video into Pinnacle Studio:

  1. Click the "Folder" button;
  2. Navigate to the "Motion Backgrounds" folder;
  3. Select the "Cinema.mpg" file and open it.
Right shift of the clip

The interesting part of this clip is on the left side of the screen (the scrolling film).

  1. After positioning the clip on the video track open the video toolbox;
  2. Click the plugin icon to "add an effect to a video clip";
  3. Apply the "HD Studio RTFx / Pan & Zoom" effect;
  4. Set "Horizontal" to 50.
Duplication of the video clip

Now that the "Pan and Zoom" effect is applied to the clip and it is set:

  • Select the clip;
  • Copy it;
  • Paste it twice.

Quick Method: Select the clip and then CTRL+C and CTRL+V (2 times).

You now have your 36 seconds of animated background with a preview in the preview window of Pinnacle Studio.

Step 4 : Construction of the Overlay Track
Preparation of the overlay track

The overlay track will contain the 36 second video you should have previously prepared if you've been following this tutorial.

  1. Place your 36-second video clip on the overlay track;
  2. Open the video toolbox;
  3. Click the plugin icon to "add an effect to a video clip";
  4. Apply the "Studio Ultimate RTFx/2D Advanced Editor" effect;
  5. Apply the default parameters (all at 0 except size set horizontally and vertically to 100);
  6. Create keyframes per the table below.
Keyframe Time Horizontal size Vertical size HorizontalPosition Comments
1 00:00:00 100 100 0 Normal full-screen size
2 00:06:00 100 100 0 Parameters are maintained
3 00:06:10 60 100 -20 Shift rendering video to the right
4 00:36:00 60 100 -20 Parameters are maintained
Step 5 : Construction of the Title Track
  1. Creation of the First Motion title
  1. Position the scrubber on the "Title" track at 00:07 seconds from the beginning:
  • Right-click on the track, select "Go to the Motion titler" from context menu;
  • Specify a length of 22 seconds;
  • Click OK to return to the title track in Pinnacle Studio.
Creation of Motion title
Application of a pan and zoom effect to title Motion

If you watched the demo video at the beginning of this tutorial, you may have noticed that towards the middle of the credits, the text starts to scroll up to free up some space for new text lines. This movement is generated by the Pan and zoom effect applied to the Motion Title. Here's what you do:

  1. Select the title;
  2. Open the video toolbox;
  3. Click to "add an effect to a video clip";
  4. Apply the "HD Studio RTFx / Pan & Zoom" effect;
  5. Apply the default parameters (All to 0);
  6. Create keyframes and set them per the table below.
Keyframes Time Zoom Horizontal Vertical Comments
1 00:00:00 0 0 0 Normal full-screen size
2 00:11:00 0 0 0 Parameters are maintained
3 00:22:00 0 0 100 Move Motion title to the maximum height
Fill layers of Title Motion

Double click on the Motion title that you just created to open the Motion titler to create Text Layers.

  1. Click on "Add text ";
  2. Select the "Looks" button;
  3. Click on the "Presets"and select the first font, "Standard";
  4. For each player (ie each line) enter the desired name.
You are limited to 6 or 7 rows depending on the size of the font used (To overcome this limitation, link several together).
Alignment layers

To align the actors names, choose the appropriate option.

  1. Select all the layers by holding down CTRL (multiple select);
  2. Click " layer Alignment";
  3. Select "Align Left".
The layers are aligned
The result is rather pleasing ...
Application of an enter motion to layers

Create the layer animation by applying motion to the group.

  1. Select all the layers by holding down CTRL (multiple select);
  2. Select the "Motion section" button;
  3. Click the "Enter " tab;
  4. Double click on the "type" icon (or right click + "Add to selected layers").
The 6 layers all receive the "Type" motion (Letters appear as if done on a typewriter).
Start Offset Layers

To start viewing lines one by one:

  1. Adjust the start of each layer to the end of the previous layer;
  2. Click OK to save the changes and return to the time line in Studio.
  1. Creation of the second motion title

Next, create a second Motion title after the first.

  1. Right clicking on this track, select "Go to the Motion titler" from the context menu;
  2. Set a duration of 4 seconds;
  3. Enter the text "Studio Prod."
Creating the second Motion title
To create the "Enter" motion:
  1. Select the "Motions" button;
  2. Click the "Enter" tab;
  3. Double click on the "Page From Bottom" icon.
The layer will scroll up from the bottom and stop where it was originally placed.
Creation of the enter Motion of the layer
  1. Select the layer;
  2. Hovering over the Motion applied to the layer with the mouse, you can see the name of the Motion effect applied and you can optionally delete it using the tiny cross above the Motion effect name.
Detailed representation of the Motion on the layer
To create the "Exit" motion, select the layer:
  1. Select the "Motions" button;
  2. Click the "Exit" tab;
  3. Double click on the "Lines fade" icon.

The text will disappear gradually.

Below you will see the enter and exit movements applied to the layer.

  1. Layer name;
  2. Name of the Enter Motion;
  3. Name of the Exit Motion.
Creation of the exit Motion

The two Motion are applied to the layer

Step 6 : Fine Tuning

All that remains is for you:

  • to add two fades to black to complete your video track and overlay track of your project;
  • to add background music (for your information there is a ScorefitterTM piece Jazz / Blues-Great Divide Rising-Eagle.
Final details and add background music

So now that you have the how-to's, when can we expect to see your credits on our "What users do with Pinnacle Studio" page ?

{Screen Capture made with TechSmith Snagit 10}

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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videoman3857 By # videoman3857 @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 3:48 AM
Thank-you Le Papy.
This is simple, effective and easy to understand.
I have not used motion titles before and this gave me a better understanding.

I am looking forward to using this format in a closing title on one of my projects.

It amazes me where we all get our ideas from. Never stop and thank-you for sharing

Merci Le Papy.
C'est simple, efficace et facile à comprendre.
Je n'ai pas utilisé les titres de mouvement avant et cela m'a donné une meilleure compréhension.

Je suis impatient d'utiliser ce format dans un titre de clôture sur un de mes projets.

Il me stupéfie, où nous serons tous nos idées à partir. Ne vous arrêtez jamais et merci pour le partage


Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 4:25 AM
Thank you videoman3857, I appreciate.
If you have never used motion title, be sure to read the tutorial "Overview of Motion Title."
I wish you success in your video editing
Kind regards

Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:02 AM
You are getting better and better in presenting Tutorials and they and the subjects are the greatest !
As a general observation based on a huge mistake I had made is it possible to change the referral from Studio to each application namely Pinnacle or/and Avid with the dropping of the word Studio which they both are !

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 11:24 AM
Hello Gert,
Thank you very much,
In the tutorials, I prefer to use the official name of each of the software mentioned. The word "Studio" is important because Avid sells other products that are not called Studio.
Best regards,

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Sunday, November 13, 2011 3:12 AM
Hello Gert,
You are right. I did not correctly understood your request. This tutorial was written in January 2011 and Avid Studio did not exist at that time ... I have modified the tutorial. thank you very much.
Best regards,

steve By # steve @ Sunday, September 16, 2012 1:49 AM
I have a question: If someone knows how to scrolls credits on pinnacle studio, over a still picture ill be you best friend forever. slappy

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:03 AM
Looking in using the software, "Title buttons type" in title editor. The second of the four buttons can make headlines down with Ultimate Collection version.

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