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How to Make Movie Intros With Premiere Pro


Use the Title tool to create professional movie intros and credit reels in Adobe Premiere Pro. You can design spectacular intros for your video clips using the text styles and formatting options available in the tool. Once the intro is created, simply drag and drop the title where you want the intro text to appear in your project timeline.

The Title Tool

When you first open the title tool, you will notice two squares around the work area. The inner square indicates the “safe" zone, where you can design your intro without the possibility of the title elements bleeding off the screen in the final clip. The outer square indicates the edge of the title box. Any text that overlaps the outer border will be cut out of the slide. Once created, titles are saved as individual elements in the project file. You can reuse titles or create a base title, then modify the title for your intro, credits and any other text block you want to display in your video.

Create Intro

Open your video project in Adobe Premiere Pro, then place the playhead at the beginning of the clip, over the shot to use as a placeholder for your intro. Press “Ctrl-T” to open the New Title dialog box. Type a name for the intro in the Name field, then click “OK” to open the Title tool. The shot where your playhead is located becomes the background for the intro. Click the “T” icon in the Tools panel, then click inside the title window. Type the text for your intro. Drag the text box to the location on the screen where you want the text to appear. You can also change the style and size of the text by selecting the box, then clicking one of the formatting tools in the top toolbar.

Title Styles

The Title tool provides a variety of predefined title styles. Scroll down in the Title window to view the Title Styles options, then click on the thumbnail of a style to apply to your text. Your text immediately changes to display the selected style, font size, gradient, color and font family.

Finalizing the Intro

When you have finished designing the title, simply close the Title tool. The intro you created is automatically saved as a title element in the project panel. To apply the intro to your video project, drag the new title from the project panel to the location in the timeline where the intro will begin. Modify the duration of the intro display to coordinate with the duration of the selected shot by clicking “Edit” in the top navigation menu, then clicking “Preferences.” Click the “General” option, then modify the “Still Image Default Duration” setting to the desired number of frames. Click “OK” to save the setting. Click “File” and then “Save” to save the modifications.

About the Author

Based in the live music capital of the world, Tammy Columbo continues to work in the information technology industry as she has done for more than 10 years. While living in Austin, Columbo has contributed to high profile projects for the State of Texas, Fortune 500 technology companies and various non-profit organizations. Columbo began writing professionally in 2009.

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