Premiere Pro CS6 Tutorial - Creating Titles

Getting Started

Now that 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.

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

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.

Choosing Settings For Your Title

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 x 1080 - the standard aspect ratio for this format. Then, choose the editing timebase and pixel aspect ratio for your title. The editing timebase is the amount 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, you can review them by clicking in the Sequence panel and going to Sequence > Sequence Settings in the main menu bar.

Adding Titles to a Sequence

Make sure that there's 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. You can 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.

Adding Titles to a Sequence

Then, click on the black frame where you want your title to be and type it into the box. Once you've added text, you can align the title in the frame by clicking and dragging with the arrow tool. To make precise adjustments to your title, you can 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.

Adding Titles to a Sequence

Once you're satisfied with your title settings, exit out of the Title panel. Your new title will be in the Project panel next to your other source media. To add the title to your sequence, click on it in 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, but you can adjust this by right clicking on the title in the Project panel. You should now have a title at the beginning of your video!

Adding 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.

Adding Rolling Credits

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 you'll see a button that has 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.

Adding Rolling Credits

Once 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. Press play to preview your new credits!