Motion Graphic Templates and Titling

Motion Graphics Templates are exactly what the name implies. They are premade motion graphics with easy-to-use controls designed to be customized to your project’s needs. They are built in After Effects and used in Premiere Pro.

Access

Templates are stored in Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries and can be added directly from the Libraries or Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro. You must be logged into Adobe Creative Cloud with your UWEX net ID and the Creative Cloud Library must be shared with your account.


*Note – _2020, _v4, _v3, etc at the end of each template represents the version. The most current version will always be what is available as to avoid confusion.

These templates are updated every so often and the most recent version is always what is available to use.

Title

This is the title that all course development video, animation, lightboard, and screencast projects will open with unless directed otherwise. This is template is not the same as a course theme. Course themes go underneath (or behind) the title template.

Breakdown

  1. Color – this changes the color of the top main title text, the horizontal line, and the bottom subtitle text
  2. Title – this is the main title and is the larger text above the horizontal line.
  3. Title Size – adjusts the size of the main title text.
  4. Subtitle – this is the smaller text underneath the horizontal line.
  5. Custom Subtitle Text – you can add a custom subtitle if you pick that option in the dropdown of Subtitle.
  6. Custom Subtitle Size – adjusts the text size of the custom subtitle.
  7. Background – toggles the background on or off.
  8. Background Color – you can change the color of the background (grey by default).
  9. Background Opacity – you can change the opacity of the background.

Best Practices

Title Naming

Titles should be meaningful and distriptive of the content. In addition, its best to avoid lesson, module, section, etc numbers.

🚫 Lesson 1 does not describe the content. What is the name of Lesson 1? If it isn’t listed in Monday then proactively look in Canvas.

🚫 Needs descriptive enough – What specifically is being demonstranted in Excel?

🚫 Who is the interview with? What is it about? The title should reflect the answers to these questions.

✅ Title is descriptive of content.

✅ Title is descriptive of content.

✅ Title is descriptive of content.

Subtitle Naming

There are 7 main subtitle classifications. Pick the one that is most applicable to the content of the video. Also, make sure your application of these is consistent within a course.

  1. Introduction – Video is introducing a topic, lesson, module, idea, etc.
  2. Connection – The video serves to make some sort of content connection. For example, connecting the course content by highlighting real world examples. Another example, connecting a lessons’ content to a previous lesson in the course.
  3. Course Guide – When the purpose of the video is to provide guideance or clarity on a particular aspect of the course. For example, the breakdown of the grading rubric of an essay.
  4. Demonstration – Something is being demonstrated in the video. This could be physical demonstration like a chemistry experiment or a virtual one like an excel tutorial.
  5. Interview – An interview is conducted.
  6. Mini-lecture – Video goes beyond simply introducing a topic and dives into deeper and more thorough instruction.
  7. Custom – Edge cases

Duration

Minimum of 5 seconds or longer depending on the length of the title. 5 seconds ensures…

Colors and Contrast

Colors and foreground/background contrast should be adjusted for readability. Please use the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker to check your title.

🚫 There is not nearly enough contrast between the background and text.

✅ There is enough contrast to make text easily readible.

🚫 Color text over a color background should be avoided. It is hard to read.

Text Size

Keep text size as large as possible and adjust down as needed. Avoid single words on the top or bottom lines, or lopsided titles.

🚫 Title is lopsided. Its best to avoid single word lines of text.

🚫 Text is unnecessarily small and there is a single word on the bottom line.

✅ Text size is as large as it can be while balancing text lines.

Lower Third

Breakdown

  1. Name – subject’s name
  2. Logo – dropdown for program logos
  3. Subtitle – dropdown for uw campuses
  4. Custom – if custom subtitle is picked for subtitle you can enter custom text here
  5. Name/Logo Color – adjusts color of the logo and name text
  6. Base Color – adjusts color of shape base color for logo and name text
  7. Extender – extends lower third base shapes for longer names

Best Practices

Naming

🚫 Overly complicated. Too many credentials. This type of information is covered elsewhere in Canvas.

✅ Simple and clean

Try to keep names simple in regards to credential abbreviations. We don’t want lower thirds to turn into resumes.

Duration and Timing

It should be up long enough for someone to easily read all text and try to time with subject introducing themselves or where it makes sense based upon the content of the video.

Colors and Contrast

Colors and foreground/background contrast should be adjusted for readability. Please use the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker to check your title.

Published on September 14, 2020 at 9:18:53 am CDT. Last modified on February 02, 2021 at 9:58:05 am CST.