How do I create rolling credits?

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Rolling credits is a technique used to give acknowledgement to those who have worked on your project. The main benefit to creating rolling credits (as opposed to having multiple names on a still frame) is that the movement helps keep the viewers interested.. You can roll your credits on any background. Depending on your video you might choose to use a solid background, or use different pictures.


Rolling Credit Basics

To create your rolling credits, you'll need two clips and two layers in Timeline mode. One clip (bottom layer) will be the background where your credits will roll. The other clip (top layer) will be your text clip and will be where you’ll write your credits.


Creating the effect

Step 1 - Lay the pieces

Drop the background image to the first Video Track. You can use some of the backgrounds that WeVideo has provided or use one of your own.  

Next, from the text tab, select the End Credits text box and drop it on the layer above (in this case Video 2).


Step 2 - Adding the names

Enter the text editor by double clicking the text clip or click on the edit icon above the text clip.

Add the names in different sentences (like seen below). Use the options below the text field to change the color of your text, size of the font, and the style.


Step 3 - Creating the animation

In the same text editor switch to the animation tab. For Step 1 (start)  drag the text in the preview window until the first name is roughly in the middle of the screen.


For the 2 step (End),  drag the names in the Preview Window until the last name shows near the middle of the screen.

To keep the rolling credits stable and aligned, remember to keep the X coordinates the same in both the start and end. The Y-coordinates may change (you want the animation to move vertically), but you'll want your credits to stay still horizontally.


Step 4 - Adjusting the speed

You can adjust the length of the text clip to adjust the speed of the animation. A shorter clip means that the animation will be completed in a shorter amount of time. Hence, it will roll faster. A longer clip means that the animation will be completed in a longer amount of time, so it will roll slower.

Remember to adjust the length of your background so that it matches the length of your text clip.


Advanced Techniques

-Try to choose a font and color that is easily readable by your viewers. So if your background is white, you wouldn't choose a light colored font.

-Change the size of your font between Names and Titles. Similar to the way movies roll their credits.

-You can roll your credits over video clips as well, but remember that you want your viewers to be engaged in reading the credits, not be distracted by the background.

-This effect can also be used with Video Clips to create a picture-in-picture effect. This would be used for reaction videos, interviews, or even video game streams.


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