Adding Motion to Titles in Adobe Premiere

Creating motion titles is an easy way to add production value to your work. They are simple to make, and the process can be broken down into two parts: creating the titles and adding the motion. 

Creating the Titles

The first step in adding motion to your titles is to create the titles themselves. Adobe Premiere features a titling program that is easy to use and produces high quality results. To open the program choose 'File'-> 'New'-> 'Title' or use the keyboard short cut 'Control' (command) + 'T'.

Premiere offers a wide variety of title presets for you to work with. This way you can easily add dynamic titles to your project. If none of these titles appeal to you, then you can make your own manually with full control over the font, size, color and drop shadows. You can also use the titling program to place the test on a straight line or have it wrap around an object. You can also add shapes to your titles to make them more layered.

The titling program even allows you to create basic motion to your titles. You can have your titles crawl across your screen or you can have them roll up or down, like a feature film's end credits.

Creating Motion with Transitions

When a title is placed over a video, it's background is transparent. An easy way to add motion to them is to use a video effect transition for when the title appears and disappears. This little motion can go a big way with your audience.

Creating Motion with Key Frames

By default, every video clips has two aspects of motion that you can control in the 'Effects Control' Panel. These are the clip's position and scale. By using keyframes, you can add motion to your titles with these two aspects.

For example: you want the title to look as if it is moving quickly from deep within the background if the video it is superimposed over. You want the video to move to it's final position within 2 seconds and then remain still for another 3.

When your title is created, you will drag it over the video; it will be super imposed over on video track 2. By default, all titles are five seconds long. Click the title and go to the 'Effects Control' Panel and collapse the triangle next to 'Motion' to see the 'Position' and 'Scale'. There is a stopwatch next to 'Scale'. Clicking on it will add key frames to you clip.

Add a keyframe on at the very beginning of the clip, then another one at 2 seconds. At the first key frame enter 0% for the scale. Because you added a second keyframe at 2 seconds, the scale will remain at 100%. When you play the sequence back, the clip will now have motion.

You can do this same process for the position so the title looks like it is flying out of somewhere other than the center of the frame.

After Effects

If you're interested in animating titles, then you should invest in Adobe After Effect, a graphics program that will allow you to create more advanced titles.

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