11 June 2010 - 0:21#32: Blurring into / out of a Title

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In this episode, we’ll transition into a title by starting with a blur and then slowly letting it focus.

To do this we’ll have to look into how titles actually work, redoing it as a simple Matte Key and then manipulating Key and Fill to achieve out goal. You see, it’s fun for the whole family!

And if you were hoping for Media Composer 5 content: As soon as I get my hands on the new version, there’ll be some. Might take a bit, though, sorry.

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Check out Avid’s Marquee video tutorial. It’s free and you look like you don’t know how to spend the next hour.


  • Hi Christian,
    thanks for the tuts. Little tip: you can get blurred texts little easier:
    1. step into the text effect by double klicking it on the timeline
    2. apply the blur to the alpha matte with all the keyframes similiar like you did
    3. drag the blur fx effect icon onto the graphic fill of the text
    4. hit the space bar…

    Greeting aus Erfurt.

  • schnittman

    As usual, another great cast.

    This raises another request that I often hear (and feel myself). Personally, I don't think Marquee is that intuitive or user friendly (I usually use Motion and then export a QuickTime, but I'd love to be able to do it all in MC). I've slavishly followed the Avid tutorial but I'd love it if you did a few vidcasts on using the Marquee tool creatively. You did on the Autotitler, if I remember correctly. I'd love it if you'd show a few tips on how you like to use Marquee to create animated titles and more.

  • avidscreencast

    Hi Andre,

    this is great. It's weird that you're allowed to out an effect on the
    Alpha when using the show-nest-within-timeline thingy.

    However, simply blurring the fill creates a dirty matte that is grey.
    Otherwise, this is an awesome tip! Thanks!


  • avidscreencast

    I always felt like I couldn't contribute much that is not coverd in
    Avid's tutorial. Then again, you're not the first to make this
    request, so I'm seriously thinking about it. (I'm not a real
    Marquee-Wiz, though.)

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    Nice again. Old techniques are still useful for when you're not on machines with no Sapphire/BCC.
    One thing, when you went into the TitleTool you drew a big box. I've always found this way quirky as I can never get it right to the edges. Simpler to just turn off the video button then fill the Fill with White, I think.

  • avidscreencast

    Hi Ra-ey,

    do you mean you could blur the text with BCC without the Matte Key? How?

    Also, how do you fill the empty space with white in the Title Tool?

    You see me utterly dumbfounded, but I'm really lloking forward to
    learning something new here :)

    Thanks for your comments,

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    Hey Christian,
    I'll answer your questions in the respective tutorial threads:

    To blur a Title (or apply any BCC effect to a Title or Matte Key) you simply drag the effect onto your Title (no modifier keys), then in the Effects Editor open the Title Matte tab and select the 'Apply to Title-Matte' option. That's it. Just tweak/keyframe the effect to suit.
    If you want to apply more than one effect to a Title you have to create a 'pipeline' that is really not very user-friendly, but I can easily explain it if you want.

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    Ha, I misread your post and thought the Title Tool thing was in a different Tutorial! Oh well.
    Here's what you do…
    In TitleTool turn off the lit 'V' button by pressing it (it stands for Video Background and behaves in exactly the same way as the 'bg' button does in Marquee).
    Then simply pick a colour by press and holding the colour well next to it.

  • avidscreencast

    That's two great tipps, thanks a lot Ra-ey! Life can be so much easier
    if you just know a couple of things ;)

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    I know, very true.

  • MattB

    I have tried, but I cannot make select both title matte and graphic fill tracks or use alt/C to copy to source monitor. What am I doing wrong? Im on MC5.nMattB

  • MattB

    OK I have got it now

  • M

    Hi there, I have the same problem how did you solve it?!