Premiere Pro CS6 Tutorial: Creating Titles

Add and modify titles — including rolling credits — with built-in tools

Premiere Pro CS6 screenshot

Once you've learned the basics of editing with Premiere Pro CS6 you're ready to learn to add titles and text to your video. Adding a title to the beginning of your video is a great way to let your viewers know what you're about to see. In addition, you can add credits to the end of your video to let your viewers know everyone who was involved in the making of the project.

These instructions apply to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. The Creative Suite line of desktop apps was officially discontinued in 2013 in favor of the subscription-based Creative Cloud suite.

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Getting Started

Premiere Pro CS6 project settings

Open your project in Premiere Pro and verify your scratch disks are set to the correct location by going to Project > Project Settings > Scratch Disks.

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Adding a Title to the Beginning of Your Video

Adding a title to the beginning of your video

To add a title to your project, go to Title > New Title in the main menu bar. There are three options to choose from: Default Still, Default Roll, and Default Crawl. Choose Default Still, and you'll arrive at a prompt to choose your settings for your new introduction title.

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Choosing Settings for Your Title

Choose title settings

Make sure your title has the same settings as the sequence settings for your video. If your video is widescreen, set the width and height to 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels — the standard aspect ratio for this format. Then, choose the editing timebase and pixel aspect ratio for your title. The editing timebase is the number of frames per second of your sequence, and the pixel aspect ratio is determined by your source media. If you aren't sure about these settings, review them by selecting the Sequence panel and going to Sequence > Sequence Settings in the main menu bar.

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Adding Titles to a Sequence

Adding titles to a sequence

Add space at the beginning of your sequence for your new title by selecting your sequence media and moving it to the right. Queue the playhead to the beginning of the sequence. You should now see a black frame in the title window. Choose the text style for your title by selecting from the options under the main viewer in the Title panel. Make sure that the Type Text tool is selected in the tool panel — you'll find it right underneath the arrow tool.

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Adjusting the Title

Adjust the title

Select the black frame where the title should appear. Type it into the box. After you've added text, align the title in the frame by clicking and dragging with the arrow tool. To make precise adjustments to your title, use the text tools at the top of the Title panel or the tools in the Title Properties panel. To make sure your title is in the center of the frame, use the Center function in the Align panel, and choose to center it on the horizontal or vertical axis.

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Adding Titles to the Project Panel

Drag the title into position

When you're satisfied with your title settings, exit the Title panel. Your new title appears in the Project panel next to your other source media. To add the title to your sequence, select it from the Project panel and drag it to your desired location in the sequence. The default duration for titles in Premiere Pro CS6 is five seconds; adjust this value by right-clicking on the title in the Project panel.

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Adding Rolling Credits

Making rolling credits

The process of adding credits to the end of your video is very similar to adding titles. Go to Title > New Title > Default Roll in the main menu bar. Then, choose the appropriate settings for your credits — they should match the sequence settings for your project.

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Adding Text Boxes

Adding text boxes

It's helpful to add several text boxes when you're listing the people involved in your project. Use the arrow tool and text controls to adjust the look of your credits. At the top of the Title Panel appears a button with horizontal lines next to a vertical arrow — this is where you can adjust the movement of your titles in the frame. For basic rolling credits, choose Roll, Start Off Screen, and End Off Screen in the Roll/Crawl Options window.

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Moving Rolling Credits Into Place

Dragging the credits into place

When you're happy with the look and movement of your credits, close the title window. Add the credits to the end of your sequence by dragging them from the Project Panel to the Sequence Panel.