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Learn how to composite video inside a text layer within Adobe Premiere.  In this example, I'll composite some animated fire inside of a text layer.

full screen.pngThis lessons covers the following fundamentals:

  • Using the Set Matte Effect
  • Applying a Glow to an Alpha Matte

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It's easy to fill a title with video using Adobe Premiere. Let's create a title that has fire inside of it.

First, edit a clip to an empty sequence. Then edit a title on top of that clip segment within a sequence.hen place the clip that you want to put inside the title onto video track 3.

You sequence should now look like this, with three clip segments stacked perfectly on top of each other.

clip segments.pngOnce that's done, navigate over to the project pane, and click on the effects tab. Twirl down the disclosure triangle for the video effects category, and then the channel category. Look for the set matte effect and drag it onto the clip you've placed on video track 3.

Navigate to the source window, and click on the effect controls tab. Within the Set Matte Parameter, change the layer from Video 3 to Video 2.

change_set_matte_V2.pngSo now, you should have the fire inside the text layer.

fire inside text.pngOkay, to make the title stand out, let's apply a glow to it. Navigate back to the effects tab within the project pane, and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the stylize category.  Find the alpha glow effect and drag it onto the clip segment on Video track 3.

add glow2.pngOkay, the default color of the glow will be yellow, so to change that, navigate back up to the effect controls, and click on the start color.  In this example, I will change the glow start color to white.

Change Glow Color.pngThis will help separate the text layer from the background layer.  Okay, it's that easy.

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Learn how to use the NewBlue Title Tool that now ships with Avid Media Composer 7.X.  

3D title.pngThe NewBlue Titler Pro allows you to create quick 3D title transitions.  The version that ships with Avid Media Composer, is fully functional.  However, you may want to upgrade your software to the full version to incorporate extra features and transitions.

play_avid_tutorial.pngMake sure the option is checked to install it when you install / upgrade to Media Composer 7.

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If you don't have a video 2 track within your sequence, right click with the grey area of the timeline window and choose New Video Track from the contextual menu.

new video track.pngNext, move this video monitor icon to the video 2 track. Also, make sure the V2 track is turned on.

Now navigate to the top of the project window and click on the purple effect icon tab. Navigate to the NewBlue Titler Pro effects category.

Drag the Titler Pro icon onto the Video 2 track.

Then navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline window and click on the effect mode icon.

avid_project_windoow.pngThis will open the effect editor window.  In the upper left corner of the window, click on the Launch User Interface. This will launch the NewBlue Titler software.

Launch NewBlue Title tool.pngThe title tool will automatically give you a text object. Double click on the text object to type in your own text.

Okay, you can create your own customized style by clicking on the style tab.

Adjust Title Style.pngOr, instead of creating your own style, click on the library tab to choose one of the style presets. Choose a style and double click on it to apply it to your text object.

library_presets.pngYou can move the text object by navigating to the canvas window, and place the cursor at the edge of the object box.

When the cursor changes into a cross hair, click to drag the title object to the desired location.

If you click on this sphere icon, you can manipulate your title in 3D space by clicking and dragging the mouse within the text object box.

rotate_3d_text.pngTo add a transition, navigate back to the library tab and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the transitions category. Then twirl down the animation category.

NewBlue Transitions.pngThis click on the infinity category. Park the mouse cursor over one of the transitions until you find one that you like.

If this example, I'll choose the infinity transition using letter by letter. Then double click on the transition to apply it to your text object.

You will notice there are some parameters that you can adjust that will affect the transition.

Adjust Title Transition.pngIn this example, I'll change the amount of overlap between the characters, and I'll also change the position from where the characters fly in.

For an added effect let's go back to the library of transitions and apply a smear effect from the Starter Pack category.

Okay, if you would like the transition effects to play faster, navigate to the timeline area and drag the edge of each transition so they are shorter.

adjust track sizes.pngNow the animation will play faster. When you're happy with your title, close the NewBlue Title tool.

This will take you back to Avid Media Composer.

The last step is to render the title by clicking on the render effect icon at the top of the timeline window. Okay, fantastic! Now you have the basics of creating an animated title using the NewBlue Title tool.

New Blue Title Result.pngAnd don't forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.

If you're a Media Composer user, you may have noticed the 'A' and 'S' keys are labeled as 'Go to Previous Edit, and 'Go to Next Edit'.


This is true, but these keys also send you directly into trim mode.


For many editors, this is an unexpected behavior.  Don't worry, you can configure the 'A' and 'S' keys so they act differently.

Check out this short tutorial on how to alter the 'A' and 'S' keys so they truly jump to each edit point, instead of sending you into trim mode.


This lesson focuses on the basic fundamentals of add a transition and a sound effect within Final Cut Pro X.


Here's a quick tip for those seasoned Final Cut Pro X editors out there.  I've noticed that it's much more efficient to select a transition point, and then double click on the transition that you want instead of attempting to drag the transition to an edit point.

select transition first.pngAlso, when it comes to find transitions and / or sound effects, there is a search function at the bottom of the media browser.

sound effects search.pngThere are over one thousand sound effects that are available on a stock Final Cut Pro X system. A good collection of some unique sounds are the 'whoosh' effects.  Other good search terms that are popular may include terms like (bullet, crash, siren, crowd, fire, airplane, etc.)

Then, you can drag the sound effect directly from the media browser to your project.

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Learn how to create the Pleasantville Effect using Adobe Premiere.

premiere_training.pngThe 'Pleasantville' effect is a commonly used effect to call attention to a part of the video frame.  You will see this effect used quite a bit in sport highligtht reels, commercials, and wedding videos.

To start, navigate to the effects tab within the project window area, and find the change color effect.  Drag the change color effect to your clip segment within the timeline.

apply change color effect.pngNext, navigate to the effect controls tab.  The effect controls tab should be located in the upper left course of the source window area.

select color to change.pngWithin the Effect Controls window,  click on the color to change area.  Use the eye-dropper to pick a color from the program window that you would like to isolate.

pick color.pngNavigate back to the Effects Controls window, and change the Match Colors pull down menu to 'Using Chroma'. Then adjust the matching tolerance until you have isolated the color.

final result.pngThat's it!, go ahead and play your sequence.

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