Without moving into After Effects or Apple’s Motion, animated title sequences can be created in Adobe Premiere Pro alone. This masterclass will combine still images and video to create a short title sequence for an imaginary travelogue of the south of France. Although Premiere Pro does not have the sophisticated masking abilities of After Effects, some impressive results can be obtained by the imaginative use of Track Mattes and Effects. 

In any complex sequence the number of layers can multiply and the ability to nest sequences within sequences is essential. As well as being useful for organisation, nesting sequences is also useful for the global application of effects to the items within a sequence. 

1. Create your project  Select New Project from Premiere’s Welcome box. Name the project, select a location to save it, then click OK. From the New Sequence box choose your settings: Standard PAL (the broadcast system for Europe) and 760 x 576 pixels at 25 frames per second. Click OK. Sequence 01 will be open.


2. Assemble the cast  Import movies and stills for your sequence using File > Import or File > Browse in Bridge. Bridge will give you a preview before letting you import with a double-click. Or you can use the Media Browser palette. Double-clicking an asset previews it in the Viewer window; to import it, drag it to the Project palette.


3. Resize a track  Place a small still image on Video 1. In the Effect Controls tab, open Motion Settings and scale the image down to about a quarter of the size of the sequence. You can control basic animation from this palette using keyframes, which are turned on by clicking the stopwatch icon by the name of each property.


4. Animate a track  Pull the image off screen. Click the Position stopwatch to initiate keyframing. A diamond-shaped keyframe is created. Set the playback head to the end of the image on the timeline and drag the image across the screen. A second keyframe is automatically created. Press the Play button to see the animation.