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I don't thin it really matters. Use whichever you prefer that gets the job done.
Its quicker and more flexible if you add them to the timeline.
I would do a Title, and locate them on an otherwise blank Title, then place this on Video Track 2, or whichever is the top-most in your Timeline. Stretch it to fit the length of the Timeline and add Transitions to the head and tail. In the Titler, you can check Show Video, to get your placement correct.
Or put them in a separate sequence and use that as the overlay.
What is the advantage of placing them in a title when they are so easy to use directly on a timeline with all the advantages of motion controls and positioning thru the FX Window?
Placing them in a title fixes the resolution and position and is a slow process to achieve and adjust.
Let's say you have a lot of videos, small ones, from a digital camera, and over the months, you always, always want a logo on those videos, in exactly the same place... at the exact same scale...
that is one of the reasons I thought the title would be good. However, I have also just saved a project with them on the timeline, and then I just remove a video and then add a new one, and stretch the logo(s) to the length of the video, and this works great also.
One thing I must mention..... adding a logo ( png ) to a title, and applying a title, vs adding to the timeline gives a slightly different result... I find adding directly to the timeline results in a cleaner logo... ( the logo in the title doesn't look as clear )
Yes, if the logo will be constant throughout several Projects (my assumption), the Title would probably be best and can be Saved for later re-use. I just brought in a PSD w/ transparent
and a degree of transparency in the logo. In this case, it was Imported as an Asset, and just added to the Timeline. I did have to Scale, and added Opacity & Basic 3D. I do not know the +/-'s of PSD v PNG, but like to work in PS, so the PSD is my normal route. I can also easily work on the original back in PS, if I need to tailor it to the Project.
[EDIT] It would be nice if one could link the Asset in the Project Panel, so any changes would automatically update - maybe a feature request is in order.
Saving a Title is a hassle. (No "Save As" function)
You need to export the Title to make it available to other projects.
If its needed repeatedly. Make it to size/positon in PhotoShop and use it on the timeline.
How is File>Export more difficult than opening the title and selecting File>Save As? If anything the current method seems easier because you don't have to open the title first.
One important thing you are forgetting is this;
When you add your graphic to a new timeline, it is NOT in the exact place you want it. You must manually place it. So you would have to do this for every project.
Let's say you want every movie, to have the exact same logo position, this can become a long task.
With the titler, you import the graphic, place it where you wish, and now, when you add that title to the timeline ( after importing it ), the graphic(s) are in the EXACT spot you want them to be, time after time.
I am full aware of that and forgetting nothing.
I SIMPLY suggested if you want the best quality apply the graphic in the timeline.
YOUR OWN CONCLUSSION WAS "One thing I must mention..... adding a logo ( png ) to a title, and applying a title, vs adding to the timeline gives a slightly different result... I find adding directly to the timeline results in a cleaner logo... ( the logo in the title doesn't look as clear )"
If you really need it same place everytime. Create it in Photoshop already positioned and scaled to your frame. Then drag it on to the timeline everytime you need it. (Tip: Make a Photoshop Canvas same as your frame size or work over a frame grab as a guide)
BTW: I prefer to use full size graphics and to scale and position them everytime. Allows more flexibilty and maximises quality. eg. If I have to go back to photoshop with it , I am working with a decent rez that I can scale down to suit.
Hi Craig !
Wow, some excellent info you supplied there. I never, ever thought of keeping my logo graphic with any extra, blank space around it - I always crop it tightly to the last pixels of the graphic and that's how I use it. I'm going to give your technique a try. I'm now seeing how THIS will be a lot easier than the title, and now I'm excited to try this. I'm glad you went into detail !, when you explained it, the light finally went on for me !
Thanks very much for your post Craig !