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adding plasma effects avid titles

Did you know you can easily add a plasma wipe, or any other transition to a title without affecting the background? The trick is to nest the plasma wipe inside the nested fill layer of a title.

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You need to put the plasma effect into a nested track. Otherwise the plasma wipe will work as a transition across your title and the background layer.

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First, edit a title to the Avid Xpress or Media Composer timeline. Then use the red segment arrow and double click on the title to open up the nested track.

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The title will open into three tracks which are:

V1.3 Matte
V1.2 Fill
V1.1 Background

Place the plasma wipe at the front of V1.2. as a transition.

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*Important, the transition may not apply as a transition the first time you try to apply it. It might only allow you to place the effect onto the entire segment. If this happens, simply remove the effect and try again.

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After applying the plasma wipe as a transition, click on the Avid effects editor icon. Make sure V1.2 is turned on before clicking on the Avid effects editor button. 'The Avid effects editor button looks like a pair of seatbelts.

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The Avid effects editor window should now appear with controls where you can change your plasma wipe parameters. Make sure you adjust the width and softness controls.

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You'll notice that the adjustments only apply to the title fill track instead of the entire frame.

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