Welcome to the forum.
Actually, what you see as a black background, is actually a transparent background. If you place it over a Video Clip, you will see through it.
There are two ways to add a background of color:
1.) Add a color Matte, if you just want the color below and do not want any other Video to be seen. This will be below your Title, on a lower-numbered Video Track. Color Matte is created with the New icon.
2.) In Titler, create a Shape, sized to suit, and then change its color to suit. This can be a full-Frame Shape, or can be sized to only be below the Text, but small enough to let some of any Video below to show around the Shape.
Hope that this helps.
Also, if you click the Titles button under the Edit tab, you'll be taken to a workspace that offers a number of titles templates.
Steve -- thanks -- I originally had only three titles there, but was
able to find a download somewhere that gave me more. But I'm not seeing
any solid-color backgrounds among them so far. Haven't checked all
Bill -- where do I find Titler? Meanwhile, I used the color matte
approach, and that's a solution. I do now have a solid white
background. Unfortunately, it seems to take priority over the text of
my title. So if I use the plain white matte, that's all I see. I've
tried the "bring to front" option for the text of the title (the only
place where I see a priority option), but that seems to apply only
within the title cip itself. I don't see an option to enter text
directly onto the plain white matte.
BTW, I used to participate in this forum as simply raywood, but somehow
that handle seems to have been removed from me. I dunno. Maybe I was bad.
where do I find Titler?
You can choose Title in the Toolbar, you can use Title in the Edit>Project Panel Toolbar, or you can Dbl-click on an existing Title to get it into Titler. The Program Monitor will turn into Titler, and you will have the special Tools down the right-hand side of it. Look for the Shapes. When created, you can click on the little palette icon, with the Shape Selected, to change the color. Then Rt-click on that Shape and choose Arrange to send it behind your Text.
I've tried the "bring to front" option for the text of the title (the only place where I see a priority option), but that seems to apply only within the title cip itself. I don't see an option to enter text directly onto the plain white matte.
If you have existing Text, the Shape will appear over it. When you Select that Shape (the arrow Selection Tool), you would Arrange>Send to Back.
If you do not yet have Text, create the Shape first, then switch to the Text Tool (the T), and Click and begin typing, or drag to create a Paragraph Text Box and begin typing.
Huh. I wonder if it's because I'm using the Educational Version. Of
those three options, I get into what I think you're calling Titler (it
doesn't have a Title!) only by double-clicking on an existing title.
There, the major options are Text Options, Text Styles, and Text
Animation. Or possibly I somehow turned off the window that would show
Hey, Bill, thanks for your patience. I don't know where the shapes are,
and anyway I wasn't going to use a shape. Just plain text on a solid
colored background. That's all I want.
Go to Window>Reset Workspace. You should have the Toolbar, running vertically down the right-side.