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A Multi-Column Credits Title Without the Tab Function

A Multi-Column Credits Title Without the Tab Function By Le Papy - Last updated on Friday, April 29, 2016
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, April 30, 2016
Created on Monday, April 11, 2016 12:56 PM
 

Most video editors allow you to create scrolling credits. You have probably noticed that these scrolling credits often have two columns. The left column allows you to enter the character name or technicians function and the right column displays the actors or technicians names. To obtain this type of display, titling software provides a tab function to align columns. We produced a tutorial on this subject with the Boris Graffiti editor: "Creating a Detailed Scrolling Credit". Curiously, the different Studio title editors have never had this feature. So we have to find another way to create tabs without a tab function and with only Studio Plus or Ultimate. Fortunately for you, you will not be forced to resort to a rostrum camera ...

Step 1: Typical Variations Used

Model #1:

  • Left column left aligned.
  • Right column right aligned.

This model uses two layers (one layer for each column).

Model # 1

Model #2:

  • Left column left aligned.
  • Right column left aligned.

This model uses two layers (one layer for each column).

Model #  2

Model #3:

  • Left column right aligned.
  • Right column left aligned.

Note that this model requires three layers (one layer for each column and a layer for the first line).

Model # 3

Model #4:

  • Left column right aligned.
  • Right column right aligned.
Note that this model requires three layers (one layer for each column and a layer for the first line).
Model # 4

Model #5:

  • Left column left aligned.
  • Right column right aligned.

This model uses two layers (one layer for each column). It is identical to the model #1, but the column lines are connected by dotted lines.

Model # 5
Step 2: Necessary Equipment Preparation

Before you begin creating the credits title, you need to prepare a short video rendering that will serve as the background during the credits scroll. There are several schools of thought on this:

  • You can create a video that shows some memorable images from the film.
  • You can use images that suggest the end of the film, but not clearly expressed in the body of the film.
  • You can create a video that shows some pictures with cut editing.
  • Some people won't hesitate to create a blooper reel to serve as a background during the scrolling credits.

This rendering must be of a sufficient length to allow viewing the closing credits at a normal reading speed. We can consider that the scroll speed is correct when you can read the text of each line aloud before the appearance of the next line.
Once you have calibrated the duration of your end credits you then update the length of your rendered background.

Step 3: Creation of Credits Title

To begin, create an empty title on the timeline to access the title editor.

  1. A default title is created on the background layer, you can edit it directly in the edit window while it is selected in blue.
  2. You can also change the text in the Title Editor's settings panel area.
  3. You can adjust the font, size and alignment of the text in the Text Settings panel.
  4. In the background settings drop zone, you can drag an image or a video or replace the black background with a solid color of your choice, or even a color gradient.
  5. To improve the visibility and contrast of a light text on your background video, you can darken the video by reducing its opacity.

You can now adjust the length of your title by typing its estimated duration in the counter at the bottom right of the Title Editor window.

Creating an empty title
  1. Enter your text directly in the edit window or in the Title Editor area of the Text settings panel. The blue color of the cursor and the edge of the layer indicates that you are in title editing mode. I chose to do the tutorial using Model #5 as a guide.
  2. Select the layer by clicking on its name in the layer list or by clicking in the middle of the text. If you hover over the edge of the layer with the mouse, the drag cursor (arrows in four directions) appears and you can move the layer by clicking and dragging.

When dragging a text layer you have to be careful to click at the edge of the control frame, rather than anywhere within it, to avoid accidentally putting the layer into text-edit mode.

 

Entering text and moving layer
If you move the layer you just created aligning to the left and line up the marks on the background layer, you should get a result similar to this one. The layer is implemented

You will now create a second layer to be used for the text of the right column.

  1. Click on the ABC button in the header bar of the layer list to add a text layer or simply double-click an empty area of the edit window.
  2. To work in the editing window, you can temporarily hide the first layer by clicking on the Show/Hide icon if the first layer interferes in any way.
Add a text layer

Entering the second text layer is more easily done using the Title Editor's settings panel area. So I chose the easy way. A CTRL+A keyboard shortcut selects the entire area of the Title Editor of the Text settings panel.

  1. Notice that the first line is empty. It corresponds to the first line of the left column that does not require information in front of it.
  2. The second layer is selected.
  3. To move the layer, move the mouse pointer near the edge of the layer's control frame until the sliding cursor (arrows in four directions) appears, then click and drag normally by aligning the lines of the two layers.

Note: If you use a matrix font (bitmap), the connection between lines will be less visible than if you use a vector font like Times New Roman here.

Entering text in the second layer

The two text layers each correspond to a column. For now they are static titles. Check and adjust the alignment of the lines of the two columns.

  1. Select both layers.
  2. Right click and select the Grouping option.
  3. Click on Group.

A green group layer will be created and the two layers will now act as one.

Layer grouping

Once the two layers are grouped, the green group layer will be selected by default and the two layers will now move in unison.

  1. Position the mouse pointer on the frame border control layer grouping until the slide cursor (arrows in four directions) appears, then click and drag to change its position.
  2. To ensure a smooth rolling title, you need to align the orange dot in the center of the group layer with the cross-mark, which is in the center of the background layer in the edit window.
Setting up grouped layers

You have to animate the fixed title to make a scrolling title.

  1. Select the green group layer.
  2. Click the Motions button.
  3. Select the (2) Emphasis button.
  4. Click the 00-Roll Up thumbnail.

Click OK to return to the main Studio interface.

Adding a motion to grouping layer
Step 4: Finalizing the Timeline and Final Rendering

Here, for example, is the timeline of the demo movie:

  1. Empty title with its rendering video that serves as background credits.
  2. Last five seconds of the sample film OurNatureAdventure.
  3. Motion Title "Copyright".
  4. Copy of rendering video for having the soundtrack.
  5. SmartSound music.
  6. Black screen three seconds.
  7. Image logo "Distributed".
  8. Sound logo "Distributed".
The tutorial timeline

Which will make the following final render:

It would be a pity if Mr. Pinnacle, doesn't add tabs in the next versions of the Studio Title Editor: then my tutorial would become obsolete. ..  cheeky

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 12 by TechSmith}

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TonyP By # TonyP @ Monday, May 2, 2016 11:22 AM
A great and easy way to have the end credits like you want.

 
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