Credits: The credits clip uses the same font as the lyrics. I extracted the audio from the bleating lamb clip (using Premiere Pro CC) and repeated it here.
Soundtrack: I was now ready to create and connect the soundtrack. I wanted some initial orchestra hits, but the arrangement had to be in a specific key with specific timing, so I could not just grab sound files from the Internet. I also wanted a toy xylophone for the theme song.
Finale 2014 comes with a light version of Garriton Instruments, but it does not have a great orchestra-hit sound, and it has only a real xylophone. The MIDI samples on my laptop are not great either. I therefore resorted to “assembling the orchestra” myself.
I composed a simple soundtrack in Finale and assigned Garriton Instruments to the tracks. For the theme song, I used the Xylophone, but transposed it an octave higher to simulate a toy xylophone. For the opening two-measure orchestra announcement, I used Synth Brass, Hauptwerk All Stops, Full Strings Arco, Timpani, Band Flute Section, and Bb Clarinet.
Issues: Other than having to use a ruler to measure the length of Line objects, I had to creatively deal with two other issues.
First, starting a video at 0” with an orchestra blast and a large lamb image does not work well, because the viewer (and possibly the video player software) is not prepared for such an immediate start. Lucas seemed to understand this, as each Star Wars movie starts with a caption (“A long time ago...”) before the opening blast, thereby preparing the viewer. I therefore needed to insert a short time slice (in this case, 0.5”) of no activity at the beginning of the Timeline.
Unfortunately, Adobe, after doing a bit of research, I found no way to just insert a time slice across the board. I had to move everything manually 0.5” to the right. Fortunately, I had groups, for without them, I would have had to move around 80 elements, one by one. Inserting a time slice seems to be a feature Photoshop should have had ever since it first came out with the ability to do animation.
Second, Adobe, I discovered through frustration that if you do not actually assign a Fade-in value to an audio clip—that is, if you leave the Fade-in value at 0.0 seconds—Ps defaults to a Fade-in of 1.0 seconds. I kept missing my opening blast, because it faded in, even though I had not told it to do so. In the end, I had to add a half-second of silence to the beginning of my soundtrack (using WavePad, which incidentally is far, far easier to use than Adobe Audition) and start the soundtrack at 0” rather than 0.5”. Why? Simply so I could set a Timeline audio Fade-in value (I set it at 0.2”) in order to force Ps to play the beginning of my clip at full volume when it was supposed to do so.
Attributions: Here are the attributions for the elements I used:
Background: Score Paper
Finale 2014 background file (Score Paper.bmp)
CC BY-SA 3.0 (Unported)
Created: 2008-0610 by Mark H. Peterson
Created: 2012_0823 by halattas
YouTube Attribution Created: 2010_0410 by ettlz