Using Movie Credits in Adobe Premiere can be a simple process, but there are times when the combination of the two is not as friendly as one would like it to be.
First we need to make sure that Adobe Premiere is setup for best performance while using Movie Credits.
In Adobe Premiere go to the Preferences menu and select the Memory tab and set the “Optimize Rendering for:” to the “Memory” option. Also go to the Playback tab and make sure the “Enable Mercury Transmit” is enabled. –You may need to restart the Application after these changes.
Now we can start with a brand new project and make some Movie Credits.
When using Movie Credits, we need to apply it as an effect to an element in the timeline. We will call this element the “base”.
Before we do that we want to have the credits’ list ready and typed out as it is required by Movie Credits. –In this example I have 20 credits all typed up and ready to be used.
At this moment you should have all the credits typed in the format that Movie Credits needs. If you want more information about the format, we recommend that you read the User Manual of the product, but as a general rule use a TAB to separate the Name, the Surname and the Role in one line of text for each credit, and separate each credit with a Return key.
Now, you need to decide how long each title should appear on screen so we can prepare the length of our video base element accordingly.
If you want each title to last 2.5 seconds on screen and leave 1/2 second in between credits, then that’s 3 seconds total for each credit. This means that we need to calculate 3 seconds times 20 (the number of credits) which will be equal to 60 seconds long (or 1 minute). –So, our video base should be at least 1 minute long.
Next, we need to prepare the video base, and the first possible option in Adobe Premiere would be to add a Black Video or a Transparent Video to the timeline as the base element, however these elements will not work with Movie Credits, because they do not have any timecode built inherently into them and Movie Credits requires a base element with timecode information to animate properly.
Instead, we will use a long piece of video from your original movie, or you can render a clip with black video and import back into the project to use as the base element (make sure the resolution, frame frequency, format and quality is up to the standards that you need, because Movie Credits will inherit the same specifications from the base element).
I am using a video long enough to cover the duration of my base element (00;01;19;18) and I will remove the audio by using the option to Unlink in the timeline. (This way I can remove the audio and leave the video clip in place).
Next, go to the Effects tab and select and drag Movie Credits and apply it on top of the base element.
Go to the plugin parameters’ Main Setup and in the Text option you can click on the Edit button to enable the built-in text editor. Retype or paste the text of your credits in this editor.
Once you have entered the text, it is a good idea to select a design Preset so you can start in the direction that you want. In this example we are going to use the Preset: Dramalogue.
You may also enable the Setup button to see the on-screen timeline which will help you decide how much of a gap and transition you want to add to each credit.
Next (this is very important), go to the Timing sections in the parameters and set the Duration to Manual, enter 6o in the Manual Duration (this is the 1 minute we calculated earlier), and select the Time Unit to be Seconds.
You can change the Dissolve and the Gap In-between to your liking, and you will see the color coded lines changing that indicates the moment in which the dissolve in-and-out (in blue) and the gap (in yellow) would happen for each credit.
Warning: DO NOT change the length of your video clip (base) element because Adobe Premiere has a hard time recalculating the duration while using the Movie Credits plugin.
Design your own Movie Credits.
Now that you have your setup done, you can go ahead and start changing and tweaking some parameters. –Keep in mind that you can save a Preset at any moment to keep your work saved in case of an unfortunate failure.
We can change the Font parameters for each piece of a credit (name, surname and role) in the Main Setup and Text Settings sections.
Also, the Position & Animation section contains all of the parameters that allow you to change several aspects of the overall animation. We recommend that you check the User Manual for an in-depth explanation of each parameter. –User Manual: LINK
Attention: When tweaking parameters, make sure that your video is not playing back while you change parameters. There is a high probability that Adobe Premiere does not like that and crash without any reason.