Glenn Sakatch Shares How He Pulls Off the Unexpected with Avid Media Composer and Titler Pro 2.0

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As an editor, creating striking titles that work well with a scene can be a burden. With all the time video editing already demands, editors can feel overwhelmed perfecting an extra detail. This is why NewBlueFX partnered with Avid to provide Media Composer 8.4+ owners with a free version of Titler Pro (versions 2.0 for perpetual licenses and 2.5 for subscription licenses).

Interested in learning what Media Composer users thought, NewBlue asked editors to share their stories. Amongst the stories came Glenn Sakatch, an Emmy-award winning editor, who agreed to discuss his experience working with Titler Pro.

Based in Calgary, Canada, Glenn Sakatch has worked in the television industry for more than 25 years. Having started in the industry in 1988 and then becoming an editor in 1995, Sakatch has worked on a wide range of projects for various major networks including ABC, CBC, ESPN, and on NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Currently, Sakatch owns a post-production company, Post Office Post Production and is working on a one-hour documentary for CBC’s program, The Nature of Things, as well as a pilot episode for a reality show.

Over his many years of experience, Sakatch has become a jack-of-all-trades in the post-production world. “In my own business, I do a bit of everything, from broadcast to corporate, and the basis of my business is editorial and color correction.” With an emphasis in editing, Sakatch has tried multiple editing platforms, but the one he turns to faithfully is Avid. “I have been using Avid since 1995 and it would take something severe to get me to use something else. I’ve used Final Cut Pro and Premiere a few times, but from our small business standpoint, Avid is the best.”

Sakatch was first introduced to Titler Pro when working on a Television show. He had to familiarize himself with the program because the previous editor had created titles using Titler Pro. Surprised by its ease of use, Sakatch has returned to this plugin application for help on other projects. “I wasn’t crazy about the idea of having to learn another program, but to be honest there wasn’t a lot to learn. It was quite intuitive if you had used any other titling program, so it was easy to figure out. Later on, I ended up working on a 4K show and encountered an error with the Avid titling tool, so I went back to Titler Pro (version 2).”

Titler Pro assists video editors with its collection of built-in templates. These templates allow editors to save time by providing a large selection of sophisticated, aesthetically appealing titles and graphics to choose from. Sakatch explains that using Titler Pro gives an editor the ability to create high quality content in a matter of seconds. “I really like the lower thirds feature. When I get a producer that comes to me and says, ‘I have nothing, what do you have for me’ it is awesome to be able to produce a lower third animated graphic within 30 seconds, that they have never seen before, and are impressed with. When you can impress a client in 30 seconds, with something that they don’t expect you to pull off that quickly, that’s the best. Even if you don’t end up using that template, it is the ideas that are there.”

On top of its objective to simplify titling, Titler Pro encourages customization with its additional features. Sakatch has done a little exploring of his own and despite working mainly in 2D, he experimented a little in the third dimension. “I have used the 3D tool a bit, which is cool and fun to use. I don’t currently have a lot of use for 3D text, but the lower third pre-sets are very helpful. They are nice, little add-ons and they are good to get you thinking about how you could build your own in the future if you wanted to.”

Due to a positive experience, Sakatch recommends Titler Pro to Media Composer editors. “For anybody who is already using Avid and has access to version 2, I would tell them to download it because they would be crazy not to. Would I recommend upgrading to Titler Pro 4? Yes. The ability to export the titles and graphics with a key channel is making me really consider buying the 4.0.”

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