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You don't need anything so complex as After Effects to do lowframe supers. Editing applications like Premiere Pro, or even more basic things like Premiere Elements or Windows Movie Maker, are perfectly capable of doing such tasks.
After Effects may be useful if you have specific, custom animations you want to create.
yeah, I kinda figured after effects would be too complex for something like that. So really, can I add my own custom image as part of a lowframe super in premiere elements? other than that, thanks a bunch!
Most of these lower 1/3 containers are animated or at least have animated elements. For that you need something like After Effects. The usual procedure for me would be to create the animated graphic without the text, render that, then bring that element into Premiere or FCP where I'd add the text as an additional layer.
If the text is also animated I'd create a template then use a script to import the text data and create a fist full of comps for the lower thirds for the entire progra
If you only want static lower 1/3 graphics you can create them in Photoshop or Illustrator or directly inside your NLE.
This After Effects Community Help search for 'lower third' brings up several resources that show how to make lower thirds ina variety of ways. One of the top search results is for a list of animation presets, which includes many ready-made lower thirds.
Yar, there are a ton of presets that are all ready to go in AE and the brainstorm button can be used to create dozens of instant variations.