How do I use Titles to create a scrolling transcript in Media Composer?

There are a few different ways to add a transcript to your video(s) in Media Composer, especially with newer versions.  Below is one method for creating a scrolling transcript of a suspect interview under a video in Media Composer.

Open the Title Tool and paste the text directly into the Title Window. Hit ‘Control A’ (selecting all the text) and choose your text size .. I recommend ‘24’. If the script is too long, you can split it up into smaller segments and simply number each segment to keep it in order. (Avid allows you to create up to 80 pages of text in one title view. A page is defined as an NTSC frame). Once you have set your margins, by using the inside grid and ‘left align’ button, click the “Roll” button at the bottom right corner of the Title Window. Then go to “File>Save Title”. Number the title to keep it in order. It will be placed into your Bin.

Drop your clip with the interview directly into Video Track Two of your Time Line. You will be left with Video Track One, which will be empty, Video Track Two and Audio Tracks One and Two.

Mark at “In” at the beginning of the clip on Video Track Two. Mark an “Out” at the end of the clip where the last part of the Text should fall for your first Rolling Title.

Open the first Title and do the same. Mark an “In” when the first word is situated at approximately the middle of the bottom quarter of your screen. Mark and “Out” when the last word is in approximately the same position.

Then drag the first Title onto Video Track One. You will note that it automatically “Fits to Fill” from the “In” to the “Out” mark on your Time Line.

In “Segment Mode” (the red arrow at the bottom left side of your Time Line), highlight the Video One Track where your text is. Open the Effect Editor from the Tools Menu. You will note that “Key Frames” now appear at the beginning and end of the Time Line on your Composer Monitor. Key Frames help to time filters and effects in relation to where the video is.

On the Time Line, touch the “monitor box” immediately to the right of “V1”, this will turn off the video on Track Two and show you only the text. For those of you with a 3D system, you can push play and see the script scroll upward. For those of you with a Standard System, the script will disappear, but when you push stop, you will see the script has advanced.

In the effect editor, open the “Scroll Position V” controller at the bottom of the Editor. The sliding bar will allow you to perfectly situate the text where you need it at any given time in the video. Remember to first add a key frame (the “N” key on most key boards) before adjusting the position of the text. When you do adjust the text position, only the key frame that is highlighted will actually be adjusted.

Once the text is perfectly aligned with the audio, you should adjust the video to reveal the text.

Open the “Effect Palette” and drag the “Picture-In-Picture” effect from the “Blend” Filter selection. Place it onto Video Track Two. Go to “Scaling” and ensure both the X and Y settings are at 100. Then, open the “Crop” controller. Drag the “B” controller to the right. You will see this lifts the bottom of the video upward, revealing the text underneath. I recommend you move the “B” controller to approximately “-400”. Or you can move it to what ever position works best for your project.

For those of you working with 3D, you can either render the Title on Video Track One or the Picture-In-Picture Filter on Video Track Two.

Push play and you will see your transcript of the interview scrolling perfectly and timed with the suspect.

For those of you working with the Standard System, you will need to render both tracks.

Try this operation on a short sequence before tackling a lengthy interview.

For further details about rolling titles, go to the Help Menu and browse for “Creating Rolling and Crawling Titles”.

NOTE: Rolling titles are not available in Avid Xpress DV. You will need to use Boris FX or Boris Graffiti to create the rolling title effect.

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