How to Create Flying Text in Adobe Premiere Pro

By Alan Donahue

Adobe Premiere Pro is a great video editing program that allows users to create advanced videos with a professional style and quality. Along with the capacity to cut and edit together video clips and audio, Adobe Premiere Pro also features a great text editor that you can do a lot with. You can even create a flying text effect to make words fly on and off the screen.

Step 1

Open Adobe Premiere Pro. Click on “Start a New Project.” Keep all of the default settings, and title the project something like “Title Test.”

Step 2

Create a new title to use as the flying text once the project window has loaded. To do this, look at the Project Box in the program and for the little icon that looks like a paper corner being peeled back. Click on that and then click “Title…” in that menu.

Step 3

Create your own title in the Adobe Title Creator that appears. Do not worry about fonts or shadows right now; just type in anything into the text box.

Step 4

Click the "X" in the top-right corner of the text editor when you have finished typing a word, and a prompt will pop up asking you to save the title. Click "Yes" and give the title a name like “Test” or “Titlefly.” Once you type the name in, click "OK," and the Text Creator should disappear.

Step 5

Look in the Project Box for a file that says your title name. This is your title. Click and drag this down into the Video 2 column of the Timeline window.

Step 6

Click the peeled paper icon again, and click the option that says "Black Video." You will now have a new black video file underneath the title file in your project window.

Step 7

Click and drag the black video down into the Video 1 column, placing it right underneath the title clip.

Step 8

Move your cursor to the right side of the black video clip, and click and drag it until the clip is about 20 seconds long. Drag the title clip until the same length is achieved.

Step 9

Click once on the title video clip and make sure it is highlighted. Then click on the Monitor window and the tab that is labeled “Effect Controls.”

Step 10

Click the arrow next to “Motion Controls,” and a whole group of options should pop up underneath it.

Step 11

Notice the two values next to the word “Position.” The left value controls the horizontal position, and the right value controls the vertical position. You can see where the text is already by looking at the preview monitor to the right.

Step 12

Move the values around to see different positions. For example, the left value set around 180 will usually have the text completely off screen.

Step 13

Click the picture of the stopwatch next to the word position one time once you have the values set for the starting point you want. This means that you have turned on key frames, which is essential to making the text move.

Step 14

Look at the mini-time-frame duplication to the right of the values. Grab the arrow of the time frame and drag it all the way to the right.

Step 15

Set the values for where you want the text to end up. By setting these values, the key frames will automatically fill in the middle to know where the text needs to go to get to that end point.

Step 16

Go to the Timeframe window and grab the navigation arrow to see where and how fast the text will move. Drag it back and forth, and you should see the text moving back and forth across the screen.

Step 17

Play with different key frames and settings to create different speeds and locations, and pretty soon you can have text fly all over the screen.