Custom Crawl Creator

It has arrived! Here is the template that you were looking for, I hope.

While working on my edit of The Force Awakens, I needed to create a custom crawl and found it extremely difficult to produce anything that was close to the look of the official versions using Vegas and other NLE’s. I did some research into Blender and found that it would be the best free alternative to create a good looking crawl. The following template and guide is meant to help any PC fan editor who is looking for a free option to produce a custom crawl for their Star Wars edits. I hope you enjoy this template. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive in the production of my TFA crawl that lead to this template. This one is for you 😀

***Please remember to support the studios by buying the source material before creating your custom crawls.

 

 

How to use the Template
Preparation:
  1. Go HERE to obtain the Custom Crawl Creator template pack
  2. Go to https://www.blender.org/download/ and download the latest version of Blender
  3. Go to http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/postproduction/crawl/opening.asp and click on the SW Crawl Title download and install the swcrawltitle font (a copy of this free font is located in the Custom Crawl Creator pack)
  4. Make sure that you have the FRADM.TTF font file installed in C:\Windows\Fonts\
    Most windows PC’s come with this font preinstalled.
    If you don’t have it you can get the SWCrawlBody font from the link in preparation 3
  5. Go to https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php and download and install OR make sure that you have a transcoder of your choice installed
Blender Notes:
  • When using blender, enable your NumLock and use the number keys to change your view for easier working
  • Make sure that the mouse is hovering over the previewer screen in the center when using the keys
  • The default view for the template is the camera view
  • Num5 will take you to an editing friendly zoomed out screen (press Num5 repeatedly to toggle between a flat view or a camera rotated view
  • Num0 will return you to camera view (some computers assign a Fn function to the Num0, so you may need to disable FnLock to make this work)
About the crawl:
The crawl in this template is created in much the same way that the Original Trilogy crawls were made in that the text itself does not move. This template rotates the camera to 70° and then animates the Camera movement to create the iconic crawl look.
Development of this crawl included countless hours of learning how to use Blender via Blender wiki’s, forums, and youtube videos. While I don’t have specifics for all of the information I mined in order to create this template, major thanks goes out to Chipper Videos’s “Blender Beginners Tutorial: Create A Star Wars Title Crawl That Looks More Like The Original Complete” video found on YouTube
Now you’re ready to begin.

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Creating the Custom Crawl:
      _Episode
  1. Open the “Custom Crawl Creator” blender file located in the download folder
  2. Right click on the “Episode” text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  3. Set font to “FRADM.TTF” which should be located in your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected.
  4. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your episode # use ctrl+a to highlight the text and then ctrl+c to copy in your  custom crawl
  5. Adjust justified text spacing as needed
  6. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

episode-fontepisode-and-body-font-selection

_Title
  1. Right click on the “CUSTOM CRAWL CREATOR” text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  2. Set font to “SW Crawl Title.TTF” which is located in the download folder
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected
  3. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your title
    NOTE: the SW Crawl Title font automatically capitalizes the text; capital “S” creates the SW Logo, capital “L” creates the “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away….” text which can be useful for custom opening cards
  4. Adjust justified text as needed
  5. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

title-fonttitle-font-file-selection

_Body

  1. Right click on the body text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  2. Set font to “FRADM.TTF” which should be located in your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected
  3. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your crawl paragraphs;
    use ctrl+a to highlight the text and then ctrl+c to copy in your custom crawl
  4. Adjust justified text spacing as needed (adding spaces at the end of paragraphs reduces the gaps between letters and words)
    *NOTE: SW crawl usually hold to 30-34 words per paragraph with 4-6 words per line
  5. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

body-fontepisode-and-body-font-selection

      _Render
  1. Set the appropriate download location (see “Output Location” visual guide)
  2. Use the following settings to create an HD mp4 file
  3. Click “Animation” to render file (the file name will be “1280-3680”
Creating the SW Logo Zoom Out Fade:
*NOTE: This rendered file is already located in the download folder
  1. Open the “SW Zoom Out Logo” blender file located in the download folder
  2. Set font to “SWCrawlTitle.TTF” found in the download folder; you may need to install the font prior to this step by copying it into your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font”when it is selected
    *NOTE: You will see a single “S” in the blender preview screen until you change the font; this is not an error
  3. Set the appropriate download location
  4. Click “Animation” to render file (the file name will be “790-1180”)
  5. If needed, transcode file (Sony Vegas users will need to do this)

*File updated to include a vegas project file to produce a more accurate SW Logo Zoom Out

Vegas Project File

There are accompanying pictures located in the “Visual Guides” folder that describe some of the Blender Navigations as outlined in the above steps.

If at any time you find yourself confused with using either the SW Zoom Out Logo and Custom Crawl Creator, please go to fanedit.org and search the forum and/or contact DigModiFicaTion for further assistance.

Again, please remember to support the studios by buying the source material before creating your custom crawls.

Happy Crawling! 😀

DigMod

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