How to Create Animated Titles in Adobe Premiere Pro

I’m often asked how to create animated titles directly inside video editing software.  In this video, you’ll learn the simple steps that you need to take to create zooming titles with Adobe Premiere Pro, without using any third party software or screen capture.

This is the finished video:

Before producing the final video, I added a few more simple tweaks that I think have worked well:

  • I added a “Fast Blur” effect during the zoom out by setting a keyframe at the beginning of the zoom with a blur of 0, then another at the end of the zoom with small amount of blur added, to give the feeling of motion as it zoomed towards us.
  • I added some rotation on the zoom of the last piece of text – just to make it different!

Enjoy! 🙂

About The Author

John

John is a Senior Solutions Engineer for a U.S. IT company, specialising in Software Defined IT Infrastructure. He has an extensive background in IT and spends way too much time sitting at his PC's, making videos for himself and other Internet marketers and dreaming of spending more time boating. He's also passionate about Jesus.

38 Comments

  • FelipeRabelloMarinho

    28th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Man why don’t you go right to the point ??

  • SanchezYT1990

    7th March, 2012

    [..YouTube..] @FelipeRabelloMarinho Going right to the point would take away the explanation so you would have less understanding of what is going on.

  • SanchezYT1990

    7th March, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Going right to the point would take away the explanation so you would have less understanding of what is going on.

  • FelipeRabelloMarinho

    8th March, 2012

    [..YouTube..] @SanchezYT1990 I understand your point

  • FelipeRabelloMarinho

    8th March, 2012

    [..YouTube..] I understand your point

  • GameATwill

    23rd April, 2012

    [..YouTube..] is there no pre created templates of text animation like rolling, rollercoaster, bounce etc. ,, do we have to manually make it in adobe premiere????

  • glayzsuzzisexe

    3rd May, 2012

    [..YouTube..] yh i want it too

  • SwitchB0ard

    17th May, 2012

    [..YouTube..] the intro was so good. thought you were gonna rap der. Hi its john here ………….

  • 123567Efd

    2nd June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] What size are your titles?

  • OnMyGrindENT

    7th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] did u put the markers in first with the audio then pu tthe text? seems like it would be easier but i might be wrong

  • John Landells

    10th June, 2012

    My overall project was 1280×720 and the titles were 100pt.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    10th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Yes – I added the audio track, then added the markers to coincide with the beats, just as you thought. 🙂

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    10th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] That’s one of the drawbacks of Premiere Pro – at least in CS5 which is what I’m using. If you want any presets, you’ll need to animate your text using After Effects and either edit the whole video in there with the text, or export the text blocks back to PPro for your final composition.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    10th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] “Hey it’s John and I’m singing my song, ’bout editing videos and what can go wrong!” 😉

  • JohnsTechBlog

    10th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] My overall project was 1280×720 and the titles were 100pt.

  • GameATwill

    10th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] ya I think only way is through some 3rd party software like NewBlue Titler Pro..

  • aishiishaikh

    25th June, 2012

    hey thanks 🙂

  • John Landells

    26th June, 2012

    You’re welcome! 🙂

  • SMILLEaWHILE

    28th June, 2012

    Hey I’m very interested in the song ,which is played in the beginning and the ending 🙂 It would be great,if you can tell me the name of it 🙂

  • John Landells

    1st July, 2012

    Hi,The music is a track called “49 Cent Blaze” from the album “Nu Skool” from Smartsound [dot] com.God bless,-John.

  • SMILLEaWHILE

    1st July, 2012

    Hey John,Thank you very much 🙂

  • John Landells

    15th July, 2012

    You’re welcome. 🙂

  • bren5209

    17th August, 2012

    At 10;14, you set Scale both Ease In and Ease Out???

  • John Landells

    22nd August, 2012

    That’s correct. I did this so that the scaling changed very smoothly. Strictly speaking, you should be able to just do the easy out, but it seems to start that little bit more smoothly when I set them both.-John.

  • CherryCloverLover

    30th August, 2012

    i love this its the best finished project ever

  • CherryCloverLover

    30th August, 2012

    i cant stp watching this i subbed can you sub back

  • splitscreenprod

    2nd October, 2012

    A couple of questions. 1. Under text properties there is a distort option. Is there anyway to animate this distortion? I do not see a clock or anything like that. If there isn’t a way under title is there a way through effects that I am missing under transform? 2. Is there anyway to animate the title other than roll or crawl. Premiere seems to powerful to be so woefully limited in that department. If there isn’t, would I have to manually animate through transform effect or positioning?

  • John Landells

    3rd October, 2012

    You’re 100% correct with the Distort option! Premiere considers titles to be static, and we animate them by applying an effect to the whole block. Sadly, there’s no option inside the title to animate any of the properties (at least in CS5). Even in After Effects, what you’re looking to do would be difficult without looking for expensive plugins.

  • John Landells

    3rd October, 2012

    As for animating the titles, whilst roll and crawl are the only options within a title block, remember that you can also animate the block as a whole using the keyframing techniques that I demonstrate in the video.-John.

  • splitscreenprod

    3rd October, 2012

    Funny and sad at the same time that I came from AVID which could do a title like this in no time flat. I guess I will have to reinstall it and use that for my titles. Do you know why Adobe seems so uninterested in titles and transistions?

  • splitscreenprod

    3rd October, 2012

    Also I will try the keyframing, thanks!

  • Junglerism

    4th January, 2013

    Is this method You used to make Your intro? I like Your intro so much, simple & awesome!

  • John Landells

    9th January, 2013

    My intro is made in Adobe After Effects, based on a template that I bought from VideoHive. If you go to my website and select the “Our Services” link from the “Links” menu on the right hand sidebar (you may need to scroll down) you can see an offer that I’m running to customise these intros for people.God bless,-John.

  • Ruben Canda

    21st January, 2013

    I am trying to do one presentation with text, but I want the text appear with delays (fist the main title, 2 seconds later, the main subtitle, few seconds later other subtitle,keeping the titles before. Do you have some ideas? thanks

  • John Landells

    24th January, 2013

    Hi Ruben,The easiest way would be to create a PowerPoint presentation then record it as a screen capture (how I do most of my vids). You could do it manually in Premiere Pro, by stretching each title out and having them all end at the same point. Check out InternetVideo101 [dot] com if you need more help.-John.

  • Ruben Canda

    24th January, 2013

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • Ruben Canda

    25th January, 2013

    And one more question, once you have all the titles in Power Point, how do you control the timing of the videos with the sound I was thinking do it the first part with power point, with the delays of the effects and after with the Premiere cutting and extending or compressing the time of each image depending of the audio, am I correct?

  • John Landells

    27th January, 2013

    You could do that, but it’s hard work! The easiest thing is to record your audio first, then play that back whilst recording the PowerPoint, and set Camtasia to capture system audio. That’s how I do it and it works really well. Check out my Internet Video 101 [dot] com course to learn this method in depth.God bless,-John.