Creating a title sequence for your home video

Creating a title sequence

We show you how to create a title sequence for your home videos in six easy steps

So you've arranged the shots, filmed from different angles, got the lighting and the continuity just right, and added a soundtrack. The final step to bring that extra touch of professional polish is to add a title sequence.

It's quick and easy to do, and our simple six part guide is going to show you how. Read on for all the details, or click here for our complete guide to capturing the perfect video.

Choose a background image

Choose a background image

Drop a background image or video into the beginning of the timeline – the other clips will shuffle along to make room. If you’re using a photo and it doesn’t fill the screen, click the preview and use the handles to enlarge it.

Slow things down

Slow things down

For a video clip, try using slow motion. Right-click the clip, select Time Stretch and enter 50%. To try out creative effects, click the Edit | Effects button and drag an effect onto the video clip or photo.

Choose a title

Choose a title

Move the playback marker to the beginning and click Title | New Title | Default Still. Enter your text, using Text Options on the right to format it. Click the artist’s palette icon to access colour and drop-shadow options.

Stopwatch and keyframes

Stopwatch and keyframes

Click Done, select the text object on the timeline and click Properties. Click the arrow beside Motion. Click the stopwatch to enable keyframes, and the stopwatch above to show the keyframe tracks.

A sense of scale

A sense of scale

Drag the playback marker to the end of the text object and subtly adjust the Position and Scale values. This will make the text drift gently for the duration of the intro sequence.

Passing in a blur

Passing in a blur

Apply the Fast Blur effect to the text object and use the steps above to make the text start with Blurriness at 200, quickly reducing to 0, to make the text fade in. Set two keyframes near the end to make it blur away.

Creating a title sequence

Creating a title sequence

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