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5.8. Lower thirds (Soundslides Plus only)


Wikipedia defines lower thirds this way:

In the television industry (especially in North America), lower thirds refers to graphics that take up the lower area of the screen, though not necessarily the entire lower third portion of the screen as the name suggests. Lower thirds are often called "supers" in the U.S. and "name straps" in the U.K.

Typically, lower thirds in audio slide shows are used to quickly identify the person speaking in the audio.

Creating a lower third

To create a lower third, click on the "AUDIO" tab, then click the "LOWER THIRDS" tab.

 

Click the "ADD" button to create a new lower third.

 

You can then click in the text boxes under "name" and "title" to edit the text.

The "in point" text box is the timeline position (in seconds) when the lower third first appears. The "duration" text box is the amount of time (in seconds) that the lower third will appear. You can click in either text box to change when and for how long a lower third appears.

To add another lower third, just click the "ADD" button again.

Video tutorial of lower third editing

For a video demonstration of lower third editing, click here.

Deleting a lower third

To remove a lower third, click it in the list to highlight, then click the "DELETE" button.

Using an alternate lower third design

Since the design of the lower thirds is contained within the "lowerthirds.swf" file, you can replace it with alternate versions.

To use an alternate design, replace the "lowerthirds.swf" file with the version below. You'll need to switch the files in the "publish_to_web" folder after exporting from Soundslides Plus.

Here is an alternate version that adds the "voice of" text in a line over the name:
Download | Example

Here are alternate versions that use smaller fonts:
http://media.soundslides.com/files/lowerthirds_smaller.zip

Here is an alternate version that autosizes and centers, which can be used for subtitles:
http://media.soundslides.com/files/lt_language_subtitles/




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