Recently, 100 ACRE FILMS worked on a graduation ceremony for a local university. While another company did the shooting, it was us that handled all the post-production.
As we started going through the 2TB of footage, we learned that the video files for the lower third graphics of each of the student names had not been created by the production company. They would have to be created and added by hand – almost 700 of them.
Immediately, the search begin to find an easier way to create them all instead of doing them one-by-one. Luckily, the university was able to provide an Excel spreadsheet of the students names in the order they walked on stage. And luckily, we were able to find a great tutorial on PremierePro.net that described a method for creating lots of lower thirds in Photoshop very quickly from spreadsheets.
This saved us many, many hours (if not days) of work. And getting them edited in took just an extra couple days. I can’t give enough thanks to PremierePro.net for their great tutorial.
Here’s how we did it.