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Alignment Grids for Titler in PrE & PrPro

Aug 27, 2012 12:40 PM

Tags: #premiere #titler #alignment_grids

There have been several discussions on the lack of real alignment tools in Titler, for both PrE and PrPro. I use a workaround to this, and just Import a "grid" image, created in PS and Saved to .PSD with Transparency. I use the same technique to build layouts for PiP and similar.

 

One just Imports the .PSD into their NLE (Non Linear Editing) program, as a still, or as Footage in PrPro. The .PSD is then placed on the Timeline in a Video Track above any other Clips. The Title is then placed above the .PSD. In PrE, one sees the Video below the Title automatically. In PrPro there is a checkbox to do this.

 

The grid in the .PSD is used for alignment of the elements/text in the Title.

 

Be sure to remove the grid, when you are done, or in PrPro, you can turn off visibility for its Video Track. Otherwise, you WILL Export the grid, and that is not what you will likely want to do. Do not forget to disable this .PSD, before the Export.

 

Attached are an NTSC 16:9 .PSD and an NTSC 4:3 .PSD, with proper PAR for each.

 

Hope that this helps someone, where they need better alignment in Titler in either PrE, or PrPro.

 

Hunt

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    Dec 30, 2009 9:29 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Thanks for grid files, downloaded, and will check it out...

     

    Rod

     

     

    ps, I just posted, used back key on browser to get back to forum message, clicked refresh and was able to edit this mssg OK...

     

    Rod

     
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:04 PM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Hi

     

    I tested the grid idea...works well.  I ended up layering stills with transparency to see the grid and line up ...I did a test title page and stills in the same psd file...and I didn't create an overall background image...but left the screen black (black video) in premiere...can do background image later...this was first time doing a layered psd to premiere...

    I found the grid (especially with the various "weights" of letters in different fonts ( like the letter T or the letter O ) need to be shifted a bit for balance and the grid helps a lot with that, as well as the horizontal postition of the images.  For some reason the images appear to go into layer OK vertically (centered at least, and can adjust from there depending again on "weight" issue), but horizontally they are off a bit (not centered exactly) all the time.

    At any rate, I can see how the grid helps to get a reference for lining things up...so thanks for uploading that and sharing it.

     

    I ended up using the eyeball and transparency a lot in psd, finally turning everything on and opaque before saving for import to premiere, and when in premiere I did what you suggested..put the grid on top video channel and it worked well.

     

    Rod

     

     

     

    ps. I'm finding it fun to do my own cross dissolves...so they aren't all the same exactly.  Takes time though...so I can see big benefit to just using preset with a lot of images to deal with.

     
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    Apr 5, 2012 4:45 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Hai Bill Hunt,

     

    Your postings are very helpful...

     

    I have one requirement in Picture in Picture format as below,

     

    I want to play the first window video first, then second and so on in this configuration and while playing one of them others have to show as still.

     

    Regards,

    amn

     
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    Apr 6, 2012 6:55 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Many Many Thanks........

     

    It is very very helpful... I will use it soon for my coming project...

     

    I hope I am not inturrepting you!!!!!

     

    I have one more doubt...

     

    I have one project in adobe pre.pro CS5, with the aspect ratio of 15:9 and rendered to DVD. My problem is when I am seeing this video on normal TV, missing some portion of video from left and right. So is there any solution to adjust it automatically according to the TV screen size. Or how can I render this project to the ratio of 4:3 by putting blank space on top and bottom.

     

    I am very thankful to you for your great support..

     

    Regards,

    amn

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 2:42 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    thanks a lot for your time...

     

    amn,

     
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    Jan 15, 2014 6:31 PM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Thanks for this Bill! Just saved me creating my own.

    Brett

     
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