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Creating a Detailed Scrolling Credit

Creating a Detailed Scrolling Credit By Le Papy - Last updated on Saturday, March 9, 2013
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Published on Sunday, October 18, 2009
Created on Friday, September 11, 2009 8:09 AM

Today, I will talk to you about creating a scrolling credit. You know the vertical one that you usually see towards the end of the film? You think that Title Deko already makes one that way and you are absolutely right. But the credits that I am suggesting you create are somewhat out of the ordinary and have some features that Title Deko cannot make. In particular, these credits:

  • will not be centered;
  • will be on a colored rectangular background with rounded corners;
  • will not emerge from the bottom of the screen and will disappear before the top of the screen;
  • and finally, it will include a blurred area at the beginning and end of the text.

To begin,open Studio 12 (or 14) and proceed step by step in the following way :

  • drag the first clip from "OurFunVacation.mpg" to the timeline;
  •  only keep the first 5 seconds;
  • open the video toolbox;
  • add a video effect, namely Boris FX / Boris Graffiti;
  • click on the edit Boris Graffiti button;
  • go immediately into advanced mode;

These very simple steps, were described in our tutorial : "Boris Graffiti, The Beginning".

Step 1: Create a custom style for the text of the credits

We are also going to use this tutorial to learn how to create a custom text style.

16/9 customization of the window display

Because we are working in a 16:9 video format, you must first set the "Composite" window to 16:9 using the mouse to be able to see the right part of the video that you will be working on.

The 2 tracks on the new effect

You will notice that you have 2 tracks (a "Text" track which will contain your text and a "Background" track which contains the video clip "OurFunVacation.mpg"). Open the "Text" track by clicking the small triangle before the word "Text" to reveal the options for the "Text" track: Select the "Face" track. Double-clicking on the "Face" track will open the "Text Window" window.

If you have any difficulties with the handling of tracks and keyframes, review our previous tutorials: "Boris Graffiti, Typewriter Effect" and "Graffiti: movements".

The tab "Style" of the window "Text Windows"

Start by creating a custom style. If you do not want to create a custom style, click the "Style Palette" button to open the "Style Palette" and select one of the many styles included with Boris Graffiti. Then go directly to creating a tab marker.

Otherwise, follow these step-by-step operations to create a personalized style (that you can re-use later, in other applications) by filling in the parameters of each of the 5 tabs in the "Text Window" window.

Style Tab: see the screen shot above. Choose your font, size, the position, the scale...

  1. You will first reset the parameters of the current style. Click on the "Reset Style" button which will cause a partial reset of the style (style, shade, colors...)
  2. Then click the "Style Palette" button to open the "Style Palette" window to view, according to your parameter setting, the affects on the default style ...

The Tab "Page" of the window "Text Windows"

Page Tab: Choose "No. wrap" so that the text does not go automatically to the next line.

The Tab "Color" of the window "Text Windows"

Color Tab: Choose a color or gradient.

The Tab "Border" of the window "Text Windows"

Border Tab: If you want to add a border, click the first check box and fill in the corresponding parameters (5 types of edges can be preset at once, then you select one (or more) you are interested in checking the corresponding box. If no check box is checked, there will be no border and parameters are not taken into account.

The Tab "Shadow" of the window "Text Windows"

Shadow Tab: if you want a shadow, you do the same. The process is virtually identical to that of the parameter settings for the Border. As you modify the various parameters, you can view the modifications of your style in the "Style Palette" window.

"Style Palette" window Save style under a new name
At the end of setup, click "Add Style" to save the style you just created. A new style appears on the right of the "Style Palette" window. Boris Graffiti automatically names the "New Text Style. To find them easily later, you can rename this new style to your liking, click on the button "Rename Style" and enter the name you want to give to this new style. I renamed mine to "Papy_Line1". You will understand why later.

The new style is renamed

You may find that the style has been renamed and entering text is done with my new style.

The installation of a tabulator in the window "Text Windows"

You can add a tab marker in the horizontal ruler. To do it, simply click with the mouse at the desired point on the ruler. See the new tab marker which was added to the ruler. You can move it with the mouse or even delete it by pulling out of the ruler with the mouse.

Entering the second line shifted with Tabulator

The tab key will allow you to shift the second line. After entering your first line, make a new line, then press the Tab key and your cursor will be positioned below the tab key when you enter the second line before selecting a different style.

Step 2: Enter the Text for the Credits

I will leave it to you to write a dozen lines in the "Text Window" window:

  • An "Actor" line, left justified with a style;
  • A "Name of the actor" line at the tab marker with another style.
  • etc...

Remember to change the style before entering a new line.

After entering your text, the "Text" track has been renamed automatically to "Actor ..."

Note: If your credits are exceptionally long, you have the option of entering text and formatting it in a text editor. Save it in .Txt or .RTF format and then import the file using the "Import File" button. It will do more than select and to apply the desired style.

Step 3: Credits Positioning

Remember what we said at the beginning: we want the credits to scroll on the right side of the screen.

IMPORTANT NOTE : All parameter values screenshots are guesstimates only because they obviously depend on the width of your text and the number of rows in your credits.

Credits positioning at the beginning of the effect

Credits positioning at the beginning of the effect:

  • Select the "Actor ..." track;
  • Put the time indicator at the beginning of the effect by clicking on the first keyframe of the "Actor ..." track;
  • Place the top of the credits at the bottom right, so that the right side of credits almost touches the right edge of the screen. This positioning can be done with the mouse or by entering parameters in the "Position" of the "Actor ..." track or by adjusting the "Position" slider of the "Actor ..." track;
  • Set the interpolation of the X position to "Constant" (....) as the credits keep the same X value for the whole effect. For example, I used 570.
  • Set the interpolation of the Y position to "Linear" (/) as the value Y must vary linearly throughout the effect.

The keyframe of the position of the credits at the beginning of the clip is now set.

Credits positioning at the end of the effect

Credits positioning at the end of the effect :

  • Make sure the "Actor ..." track is still selected;
  • Click the last keyframe of the "Actor ..." track in order to move the time indicator to the end of the effect;
  • Place the bottom of the credits at the top right. This positioning can be done with the mouse or by entering parameters in the "Position" of the "Actor ..." track or by adjusting the sliders tab "Position" of the "Actor ..." track.
    CAUTION do not modify the X parameter in the credits positioning with the mouse. If you have inadvertently changed it, enter the value you had set for the beginning keyframe of the effect, ie 570 in my example;
  • The interpolation of the X position was configured as a "Constant" (....), there not modify (unless you have inadvertently changed by moving the credits using the mouse);
  • You set the interpolation of the position Y to "Linear" (/).

The keyframe of the position of the credits at the end of the clip is now set.

Your credits are set up and positioned. You can take a look at the intermediate result by clicking the "Apply" button to apply your effect to Studio. But before you click the "Apply" button remember to save your effect (File / Save Settings or File / Save Settings As ...) because after you return to Boris Graffiti to continue your work, you may not find all of your effect was saved ... Thank you the bug.

If you look at the results you will see that the viewability of the credits is not optimal because the background video "OurFunVacation.mpg" goes from very light to very dark. That is why we will add a background color to improve readability of the credits.

Step 4: Adding a Colored Background.

Adding a colored background to the credits

Because we have a bright background at the beginning of the clip and a darker background at the end of the clip, it would be a good idea to put the text of our credits on a colored background.

  • Select the "Face" track of the text and then select "Backdrop";
  • Move the time indicator with the mouse, approximately in the middle of the effect in order to see what you are doing
  • Check the box next to "Make Backdrop Track", which will create a new "Backdrop" track below the "Face" track
  • Set the size of the background in X and Y (Scale X and Y) and the background center of the X and Y (Shift X and Shift Y);
  • If you want to change the color, shape, border, or shade the bottom, select the new "Backdrop" track and do it on the settings tab "Shape", "Fill", "Border" and "Shadow".

With a background color the credits readability has been much improved.

Step 5: Add a Mask

Add a mask to the credits

I told you that the credits would not appear at the very bottom of the screen and they would disappear before the top of the screen. To do this we will create a mask (labeled with the number 2 on the screenshot).
  • Position the time indicator at the beginning of the effect;
  • Select the "Actor ..." track;
  • Select the mask;
  • Click the padlock to open it, thus allowing you to change the "Distance" parameter values separately.

The framework of the credits that you see on the screenshot (marked 1), will be visible as it passes through the mask window (marked 2).

Step 6: Creation of the low and high blur zone and the final result

Update the "Softness" settings under the "Mask" tab to get the blur area in the top and bottom of the mask and no blur area on the right or left. You should see this if your time indicator is about in the middle of the timeline.

Application of a blur area to mask of the credits

The speed of the credits can be changed in two ways:

  • by varying the length of the clip that supports the effect to reduce the frame rate. The credits scroll 2 times more slowly on a clip of 20 seconds than a clip of 10 seconds;
  • by playing on the keyframe of 4 tracks to increase the speed of scrolling. You successively move the keyframes of all the tracks with the mouse in order to begin the effect after time 0 and / or complete the effect before reaching the 100% mark. For a clip of 20 seconds, when the credits roll too slowly, you move the keyframes to start at 50% for example. The credits then roll by in 10 seconds.

On the final effect I moved the keyframes at the end to 80% of the time so that the credit scroll ends 20% before the end of the clip so it won't be overshadowed in part by my final transition. For your information, here is the final timeline in Studio:

The final timeline in Studio

And finally, here is an example of final result...our goal has been attained.

This video was used:

  • the first 8 seconds of the clip "OurFunVacation.mpg";
  • a black title with the words "The End", then slipped under the assembly line behind the main clip;
  • the free transition 006-epee included in Free HFX, inserted between the main clip and the title "The End".
Step 7: Bonus

For those who have had some difficulties following along with this tutorial, you can find the Generique_deroulant.grf file available in the « Associated Files » section below. This file contains all the tracks, and keyframe parameters in detail as shown above (with some small adjustments).

Using this file:

  • If you want to use the credits effect, copy the "Générique_déroulant.grf" file to one of your folders (eg My Documents);
  • When you use Boris Graffiti in advanced mode, open this file from the menu "File / Open Settings" and the effect is immediately available, ready to be incorporated into Studio 12 or 14 by pressing the "Apply" button in the window;
  • Note: Unlike the ones provided with Boris Graffiti, this .grf file does not preview or have the animation. It is therefore not advisable to copy this file into the Boris Graffiti library, as you will have neither the preview nor the animation of the effect.
I wish you all every success.

{Thanks to Malobar who translated this tutorial from french to english, Loosecannon who cross-checked and fine-tuned it}

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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Monday, October 19, 2009 9:32 AM
Very clear and precise ! Your efforts are appreciated

Philip de Langis By # Philip de Langis @ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11:41 PM
This is great. thanks

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