Title Editor

Like many video editors, OpenShot has a built-in title editor.  It has some basic functionality to help you create titles for your video project.  Here are the features of the title system:

  1. Many Templates (Including a Solid Color Template)

  2. Easy Text Editing (title, subtitle)

  3. Change Font and Color (including alpha channel)

  4. Change the Background Color (including alpha channel)

  5. Uses SVG Image Format (vector based)

  6. Adds Titles to the Project Files Section

  7. Integration with Inkscape (as the advanced editor)

However, if the basic editor is not powerful enough for you, any SVG image file can be imported and used as a title.  The alpha channel (transparency) is respected, which means titles can be overlayed on top of other tracks, and will show the video through the transparent parts.

Launch Title Editor

To add a new title, click the Title > New Title... menu option.  This will launch the  Title Editor.

Create New Title File

Once the title editor launches, you need to select a template, and click the Create New Title button.  The will make a copy of the template SVG title, and add it to your Project Files.  Enter the name of the file, as it will be saved to your hard-drive.

Title Editor Window

The title dialog allows you to choose a template, edit text, change colors, and create your own titles for your video project.  Once you are finished editing your title, click the Apply button.

Id

component

description

1

Choose Template

Choose a template SVG file to use as a title.

2

Create Title Button

Click this button to create your copy of the SVG template.

3

Edit Text

Launch the text editing window.

4

Change Font

Change the size and family of the font.

5

Font Color

Change the font color and alpha (transparency) level.

6

Background Color

Change the background color and alpha (transparency) level.

7

Advanced Editor

Edit this SVG title in Inkscape.

8

Title Preview

Preview your title after each edit, color change, or font change.

Scrolling Titles / Credits

To create the effect of scrolling titles, you need to cut your title sequence into many different screen-sized titles.

Create Each Title Image

Offset Each Title on the Timeline

Add each title image of your scrolling credits to the timeline, set the length of each image to 7 seconds, and then offset them between two tracks.  This can be done very quickly with the Add to Timeline feature.

Animate Each Title

Right-click on each title clip and choose Animate > Bottom to Top.  This will create the illusion that your entire credits are scrolling from bottom to top in one continuous sequence, with no gaps.  Be sure to overlap the titles (as show in the illustration) so there are no gaps between the titles.