Title Studio: Creating a Credit Roll

Creating a Credit Roll in Title Studio is a quick and easy process.

To begin, create a new Text Page in the Timeline with the Ctrl + Shift + T command.

  1. In the Text Window, enable the Text Wrap option.
    Text Wrap
  1. Enable the Center Justification button.
  2. Begin typing the title of your credit roll. You can adjust the font type, size, and spacing to your liking. When finished, press the Return Key twice.

Credit 1

We will now begin setting up a standard two-column credit page.

  1. Press the Right Justification Button
  2. Drag the Guide Icon to where the left column will be.

TIP: Do not worry if you see the text change position. We are only setting our guides at this point.

  1. Press the Left Justification Button
  2. Drag the Guide Icon to where the right column will beGuides
  3. Press the Tab key and type the first character name
  4. When done, press the tab key again and type the actor name.CastContinue in this manner to enter your whole credit roll

Tip: Always use the tab key to move to the next character or actor space. DO NOT use the Return Key, as this will cause problems with the formatting.

Tip: You can adjust the spacing of your guides at any time to achieve the desired look. Simply click and drag the guides and the text will update for you.


full cast

Animating the Credit Roll

To animate your credit roll, we have to create a new Title Container in which to hold our text page.

To create a new Title Container, simply select the text track and either select Track—> New Title Container, or press Ctrl+Shift+J

Tip: when beginning a new credit roll project, you can also select Credit Roll from New Media. This will automatically create a text page nested within a Title Container.


Tip: If you text has white fill, as in the example here, you may want to set Title Studio to Composite over Color to make it easier to see in the composite window.

Now that we have created our scroll, select the Title Container Track in the Timeline and, under the Controls panel, you will see a popup for Animation Style. Select Roll.


With the animation set to Roll, a number of options for controlling the speed and masking become available.

To ensure the appropriate speed of motion (300 pixels per second is industry standard) select the Maintain Speed checkbox. You may need to adjust the length of the clip in your host software to match the resulting length of the roll.

roll animation

Credit Rolls typically fade in at the bottom of the screen, and out at the top. To achieve this look, you can set your Mask and Blend parameters. By masking the top and bottom of a credit roll, you will be better able to fit your text into the broadcast Title Safe Area of the screen.

TIP: To see the Title Safe Area, you can enable it from the composition window. When enabled, the outer white rectangle signifies the Title Safe Area, and the inner rectangle is the Action Safe Area.


title safe

To achieve this look, set the Mask Top and Bottom to 27.

Set Blend Top and Bottom to 100.


Importing text files and creating new pages.

When working on longer text rolls or when someone else’s approval is required, you can import your data from a text or RTF document.

Begin by creating a new text page with Ctrl+Shift+T, or by selecting an existing text track.


In the text window, choose to Import File, and then select your text document. Title Studio will then import your text along with the tab stops from the document.

TIP: remember to close your document before importing it into Title Studio.


Creating Additional Pages

If you are working with multiple text documents, or a very long credit roll, it becomes easier to assign a new page to each document. For example your Cast can appear on the first page, and your Production Crew on another.

  1. To work with multiple pages, begin by selecting your title container.
  2. Create a new text page with Ctrl+Shift+T.
  3. Import or create the text for the Production Crew.


Tip: The Credit Roll will display your pages in the order they appear in the stack.

To make sure that your Cast appears first move the Production Crew page below the Cast Page.

Once you have created your pages, you can adjust the distance between each page in the roll.

  1. To do this, select the text page and then navigate to the Controls.
  2. Select the Page Tab.
  3. From here you can increase or decrease the page headers and footer to give you the desired look.

Finishing Touches

For best results you can use the 1:2:1 De-Flickering option found in the Project Settings window. This can help to eliminate flickering in text rolls and reduced jagged edges on moving graphics with hard edges.

Tip: Another useful option is Generate Safe Level and Better Quality Field rendering.

project settings

And that’s all there is to it! Apply back to your host and enjoy your new credit roll!


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