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Titles are text elements that can be added to the timeline and appear over the top of other clips. Titles are created in the project tree and then dragged to the time line like other video clips.

To create a title choose Add Title Clip from the Project Menu or from the Right Click menu in the Project Tree

How to Save a Title

Open the title in the Project Tree by double clicking it or right click then choose Clip Properties.

Title clip in proj tree.png

Click the Save As button on the tool bar

Kdenlive Title editor toolbar.png
Title Editor Toolbar when title editor is wide enough for the whole toolbar to display.
The toolbar items are: Selection Tool, Add Text, Add Rectangle, Add Image, Open Document, Save As

or select Save as from the toolbar overflow menu which can be found under the >> button on the toolbar - see picture.

Title Clip editor with menu.png
Title Editor Toolbar when title editor is wide not enough for the whole toolbar to display.
The toolbar items that do not fit can be accessed from the >> button that appears at the end of the toolbar.

Choose a save location within your project.

The titles are saved as .kdenlivetitle type documents.

How to Load a Title

Choose Add Title Clip from the Add Clip drop down (see picture)

Add clip drop down.png

Click the Open Document button on the Title Clip editor toolbar or choose Open document from the >> menu and load up a title saved earlier.

How to edit an existing title

Right click the title clip in the project tree and select Clip properties.

Template Titles - User Defined

Template Titles allow you create a template for other titles in your project. You can create the template title with the settings that all the titles in the project should have and then base subsequent titles on the template. If you decide to change the look of you titles you only need change the template title and the titles based on this template will automatically update to reflect any formating changes you made to the template title.

To create a template title

Choose Add Title Clip from the Add Clip drop down and create a title with the text %s in it and formated how you desire it. Save this title as described above.

Template title1.png

To use the template title

Choose Add Template Title from the Add Clip drop down and choose the title with the %s in it that you just saved.

Right click this clip in the project tree and select Clip Properties

Title clip properties.png

Enter the text that this title should display into the text field in the dialog that appears

Title template2.png

Drag the title to the timeline.

The %s in the template will be replaced with the text that you enter in the Clip Properties -> Text.

Title template3.png

A known issue with template titles is that text centering of the %s replaced text does not work - see this forum post.

Template Titles - Built In

Kdenlive has some built-in title templates that can be accessed from the Template drop-down list found on the bottom of the Title Clip window - see below.

Kdenlive Template Title1.png

To install more built in title templates choose Download New Title Templates from the Settings menu.

Import an Image into the title

On the Toolbar overflow menu (>>) shown in the picture below the second menu item - labeled only with Alt + I - is the Add Image Button. Selecting this brings up a file chooser where you can choose an image to be inserted into your title.

Kdenlive Add image to title.png

Draw Rectangle Toolbar Item

The 1st menu item shown in the picture above - labeled only with Alt + R is the Add Rectangle button. After selecting this - drag the mouse to draw a rectangle. Use the rectangle toolbar (shown below) to change the fill color, border color and border width of the rectangle.

Kdenlive Alt-R title menu.png

The rectangles can be placed behind text by selecting them and the changing the Z-index (top right corner) to a lower value.

Kdenlive Rectangle on title.png

To make the title scroll vertically

Put a long title onto the title window. Zoom out so you can see it all. The text should run off the top (or bottom) of the viewable area.

Select the Animation tab and click Edit start. Now drag the start rectangle to above the viewable area.

Select Edit end and drag the end rectangle to below the viewable area.

Click OK and preview the scrolling title.

Scrolling titles.png

The above title scrolls so that text scrolls up the screen. It is as if the camera starts on the "start rectangle" and then pans down to the "end rectangle"

To make the title scroll Horizontally

Use the instructions for vertical scrolling - just put the start and stop rectangles off to the sides of the screen rather than the top and bottom


Q: How to duplicate a title clip to modify it slightly

A: You can save a copy of the title (see How to Save a Title) and then create a new title based on that saved version as described above, Or you could use the template titles functionality to base the two slightly different titles on the one template.

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