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Flying 3D text in Media Composer Marquee title tool


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In using Avid Media Composer's Marquee title tool, one of its great features is the ability to animated each individual character within a title.

To do this, navigate to the toolset menu and select Expert Animation.

Click on the text tool so you can type your title within the canvas window.

Next, click back onto the Edit Tool to select your text object.

Within the surface property tab activate the option to enable lighting.

Then change the surface type to a gradient.

Change the mapping method to container.

Double click on this first keyframe on the gradient bar to adjust the its color.

Crank up this brightness slider so you can select a color from the color wheel.

Next, click on the effect tab to adjust the extrude depth of your text object.

Okay, now hold down the option or alt key and click on one of the characters within your text object.

Then use the keyboard shortcut Command A or CTRL A if you are on a PC to select all the characters.

Move the position indicator to the 2 second mark in the timeline.

Click on each of these four keyframe buttons at the bottom of the timeline.

Then move the position indicator to the front of the timeline.

Then click anywhere within an empty area in the Canvas to de-select all the characters for your text object.

Next, turn on the animation mode button.

Then hold down the option or alt key again to select a single character.

You can then reposition each character to a new position on the screen.  

Doing so creates new keyframes for each character based on the new position.

You can also click on this rotate tool animate each letter in on a 3D axis point.

Okay, press play to watch your final result.

For other great tips like this or to enroll in a Media Composer training course, visit GeniusDV.com

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