Here are two examples of scrolling text done in Shotcut without the Text: HTML or even the Text: Simple filters.
All texts were created with Photoshop, but any similar graphic editor will do.
I plan on trying to make a video tutorial explaining in details how I made these. And to make sure anyone can follow along, I will use Photopea (free online Photoshop alternative) to create the text files.
Yes, a PNG image file.
For the movie credit for example, I create a new file in Photoshop with a 50% grey background layer. I give it the same width as the Shotcut project (usually 1920 px). For the height, I’ll start with about 3000 px and adjust it as I add text to the credits. I put all the text and images, add a drop shadow effect to everything and also a slight Gaussian blur (movie credit very rarely look 100% sharp and crisp). Then I disable the 50% grey background, leaving only the credits on a transparent background and export as a PNG.
In Shotcut, I’ll apply a Size and Position filter with these settings:
Size : (same as the PNG file)
Size Mode : Distort
Finally I add keyframes for the scrolling effect.
For the TV News Bar, basically all the same, but my PNG file is 65 X 2880 pixels.
Here’s the PNG for the end credits I used in my video:
That is not a good recommendation. It is too easy to mess up the appearance of the image in that mode. You are probably better off using Fit. Fit maintains aspect ratio, and only down-scales to make things fit into the rectangle, not upscale. So, you can simply set a size equal to source size or larger to have no scaling.
I am ok creating the documents with the credits / news line.
Successfully got the news line on screen, but I need to get the settings right in the size and position filter to get the scrolling to work properly.
I recommended Canva.com earlier.
I have successfully used it to create my test credits / news line.
I never used Canvas dot com before. But you might want to try Photopea. If you ever worked with Photoshop before, it’s almost identical. You can export PNG files and no installation needed, it’s a web based app. Gimp is also a good free alternative.
While it is possible to use office type apps (e.g. LibreOffice Writer etc.) to produce some nice video credits and export these as PNG images to scroll in Shotcut, I still believe that the text:HTML filter has (had?) much more potential for creating some of the best scrolling animated credits.
I will still be using this for my own credits once Text:HTML is removed from Shotcut - either by using the last version of Shotcut that supported Text:HTML, or by using OBS to create a “credit video” that I can import into Shotcut as a clip. As an example of what could be done (albeit one that is slightly “over the top” to demonstrate the capabilities) see the following video:
This was created using my “Movie Credit Generator”:
Dear friends. I am failing miserably trying to do a credit roll. I edited the text in photoshop the way I wanted it and gave the size as you guys suggested it. 1920x10000 ( it is a long credit line) when I open it in Shotcut, it looks very small and when I scale it in the filters all the way up tp 1000, it still looks small, and when I try using the keyframes, the “Y” numbers only cover one part of the image(scroll) what am I doing wrong? I tried changing the size in photoshop, then shotcut gives mr an error that cannot open the file, I saved as PNG, also in JPEG, but no luck. Is there a way to do a long credit roll without so many obstacles?
Thank you all for your help and advice