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Tutorial: Creating Titles With Pizzazz in Sony Vegas Pro

David McKnight demonstrates a quick, easy way to generate sharp-looking titles for your Vegas Pro projects that requires no additional plugins.

Adding More Effects

For an added touch (and only if it makes sense), composite another graphic to go on top of the whole thing. In the video example I’ve chosen a light leaks style effect. This is simply a very high-quality video file with an alpha channel, available from the sources I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this article.

Place this clip on a track above your text. In Vegas Pro, click the Composite button on the new track and choose Screen as the Composite Mode (Figure 6, below). You can adjust the opacity envelope in a layer between the text and background to control how much of the effect is applied.

Figure 6. Compositing the light leak with the title.

As I said, use this option only if it makes sense and enhances the video. Most times you want text to be very clear, so adding a filter may not be appropriate--or it may be exactly what your project needs.

That’s all there is to it! Watch the accompanying video, and work through the steps. It may take you 30-45 minutes the first time, but with a little practice you can knock these out in about 10 minutes. It will take you more time picking fonts and sorting through your stock FX collections choosing the right background to use than anything else.

You can see a promo video we created using this exact effect at, or watch the clip here:

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