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Tutorial: 3D Title Creation With NewBlue FX Titler Pro

David McKnight explores the range of features in NewBlueFX Titler Pro that allow editors to produce creative titling effects, animations, and extrusions along the 3D plane using both manual controls and a host of preset styles and templates.

Your first piece of text that pops up (shown in Figure 3, above) is just a basic intertext. To change that, double-click on it and enter the text you want.

The curved arrows up top, highlighted in Figure 4 (below), will let you place it on a curve. And the little world icon just below it is what allows you to enter a Z depth.

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Figure 4. Tools for placing the text on a curve (curved arrows) and adding depth (globe icon).

Click on the globe icon. You'll notice the large circle that gets placed around the entire title (Figure 5, below). And then from within the title, if you just click and drag, it almost becomes a joystick operation.

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Figure 5. Selecting the globe icon places a large circle around the text that allows you to move your title along the Z-axis.

You'll notice in Figure 5 that our title's still very flat. Everything's in two dimensions with the exception of this little bit of a curve you can see represented in the Rotation attributes shown on the left side of the screen (Figure 6, below).

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Figure 6. Object attributes created by moving the text using the big circle.

You can do this with the standard Vegas tools, but you have to get the 3D track motion involved at a track level. The nice thing about this is, with NewBlue Titler Pro, it's all contained in the title event.

Adding Shadows and Outlines

Let's add a couple things to our title here. First, click the globe icon to take off the big circle. Then select all of the text. Selecting the text, this also gives you a bit of a background, as shown in Figure 7 (below), so that if you add some of the two-dimensional styles, such as an outline or a shadow, you can see what they look like.

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Figure 7. Selecting the text

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