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Light gleam effect for Media Composer titles

It's easy to create a light gleam effect within Avid Media Composer.  Check out this simple video tutorial on how to do this.

Continue reading for a full text based tutorial based on this same concept.
Here is a simple tutorial on how to create a gleam of light that travels through a title. The first step is to navigate to the clip menu, and select new title. The title tool window will appear.

 light_source_in_title.gif 

For this example, make the title fairly large, in this case 128 points. Choose a color other than white. This is because our traveling gleam will be a white color.

  title_tool_blue_color.gif 

 Once you have designed your title. Go ahead and save it to a bin.

  save_to_bin.gif 

 Go ahead and edit 3 seconds of the title to the timeline. Edit the Title on V1. This next step is to click on the red segment arrow, and double click on the title. The V1 track will open into three sub tracks which will be labeled 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3.

  open_nested_title.gif 

 Make sure your timeline looks similar to the example above. Now, park the blue indicator about half way in the middle of your title, and turn on the V 1.2 track. Click on the (add-edit) button. This will break the 1.2 track into two pieces.

  break_title_add_edit.gif 

 Go to the Avid effects palette and find the horizontal edge wipe effect.

  horizontal_wipe.gif 

Drag the horizontal edge wipe effect onto V 1.2 where you made the (add-edit). After you have dropped the horizontal edge wipe effect on V 1.2, your timeline should look similar to the example below. The next step is to create the wipe. Click on the effects editor button. The effects editor button is in the upper left corner of the timeline window, it looks like a pair of seatbelts.

  effects_editor_button.gif 

After you click on the effects editor button, the effects editor window will appear. Within the effects editor window, simply give the edge wipe a width and a softness value. You may want to change the duration of the effect to 2:00 seconds for a slower moving wipe.

  adjust_softness.gif 

 That's it! Play the sequence. You should now see the traveling wipe play through the title.
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