I have the Premier Elements 9 software. How can I add a colored clip to the timeline to apply text? In Cyberlink PowerDirector 9 video editing software it is called a "Color Board" and are available in a submenu under the main Edit menu. There are about 31 RGB Color Boards ranging from 0,0,0 to 255,255,255 that come standard with the software. These Color Boards are just solid colors that can be dragged to timeline the same as a photo image, video, etc. I'm purposely not using the term "Background" because that is another choice in PD 9. In that software a background is more like an image such as parchment paper, or sandpaper or an image upon which text can be added as well as other effects.
I have not been able to find a "Color Board" type option in PE 9 or discussed in the Help menu? Is this even an option in PE 9? If so, how to I access it.
It's called a "color matte".
Bob is right.
And you can create one under the New Item button on the Project panel.
For more information on these and many other basic tools in the program, check out my free Basic Training tutorials at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com or my books, available on Amazon.com and at Muvipix.
Along with a Color Matte (the method that I use most often), one can also create a Shape in Titler with the proper Style, adjust the Fill (and eliminate any Stroke), and then place the Text above that Shape. Size the Shape to fill the Frame Size.