Animated Lower Thirds gived you the professional look in live production. Grafias has several ready to use templates or you can make your own with Adobe AfterEffects. Depending on your subscription you can also render out your Lower Thirds for use in post production.
To add a lower third to your live production:
- 1.Click on New Rundown at the top right-hand corner of the main dashboard
A Rundown is a sequence or hierarchy of events that occurs during a broadcast. If you just signed up you can start with the example: Quick Start Rundown you can select from the home screen dashboard.
2. Click on + Click to Add Asset to add Lower Third to your video. The default layer is 1. You can have up to 100 layers showing graphics and elements on top of each other.
TIP: To change the output screen background, go to Settings --> Canvas Background --> Choose from Luma (Black), Chroma (Green), or Transparent (Alpha). Luma (Black) is chosen as the default.
The lower third option includes virtually unlimited customization tools:
- 1.Template and Data
A template is chosen by default. To choose a template, click on the folder icon beside the default template
Change the Text 1 and Text 2 headings on the lower third with H1 and H2 respectively.
Font Color: Change H1 and H2 colors under Font Color.
Element Color: Change the selected template element colors under Element Color
The color change in Font Color and Element Color is further customized by entering your desired HEX code or choose from the color picker. The color picker allows the user to change the element's transparency as well. Sliding the Transparency will show more of the live stream or video.
Transparency will only work selecting the fill and key Transparency View Output URLs. You need to add that URL to OBS Studio using hardware like Ultrastudio HD or add the URL to AWS ElementalLive or Lightstream Studio.
The text can have a drop-shadow effect by toggling the Text drop shadow
Enable gradient effect for the lower-thirds by toggling Gradient Color
Preview the change with the green play button (beside the specific asset) on the side panel (listing the rundown). Change the Asset label in the Label text field.
Duration: Change the lower third duration
Layer: Change the layer number on the screen.
When two lower-thirds are assigned the same rank, a pop-up appears that states only one asset will be displayed
Speed: The default speed is Normal. To slow down the lower third, choose from 0.25, 0.5, 0.75. To increase the speed, choose from 1.5 and 2.0
Scale: Scale the graphics smaller or larger by selecting Default, Small or Large from Scale
Size and Position:
The lower-third size (height and width) can be customized to:
- Full-width lower-thirds
- Corner logos or watermarks
- Full-screen overlays
- Left or right third panels
If the user is aware of position pixels with relation to the screen, they can customize it with X and Y dimensions in pixel units (after selecting custom from the drop-down menu).
When adjusting size sometimes the graphics can be positioned outside the canvas so you don't see it. Grab the handles and drag it into position.
For templates with images you need to upload a photo or logo with this pixel size:
Templates with person photo in: Landscape/Horizontal 600x450 in pixels Templates with person photo in: Portrait/Vertical 450x600 in pixels
For templates with logo there are 3 variations: - Square 800*800 - Wide 900*450 - Superwide 1350*450 (Rarely used)
Lock or reset the ratios by clicking the lock or reset buttons:
On Complete: The user can choose what happens when a lower third stops playing. This enables the user to organize the rundown pattern. If no assets are selected, the rundown is stopped by default.
If Parent Controller is toggled on, the user can select either of the assets as the primary controller asset with customized time delay and other assets can function as child assets.
Add Macro: Each macro can be selected for an executable command in certain use-cases. For example, when there is no signal, an overlay can be force-played or a logo can be displayed continuously on the corner during a broadcast.
Users can add multiple macro commands:
- 1.Select Add Macro
- 2.Select an asset from the dropdown
- 3.Choose an action - Play, force play, stop, hide, show
- 4.Select Delay time
- 6.You can then choose to Save, Copy or delete the Macro respectively.