Figure 136

The Prev and Next Title buttons let you store your changes and move to another title page in the playlist without the tedium of closing the Title Edit pane.

You can click Close when finished with the current edit, but often you’ll find the Save and Duplicate feature handy.  Click it to store your edits to the current title page, create a clone of item in the playlist, and load the new page for editing.  This is a great way to quickly produce a number of matching pages.

Hint: Press Ctrl + s on the keyboard to perform this ‘save and duplicate’ operation without using the mouse. Similarly, PageUp and PageDown keys perform Previous and Next operations.

Stand-in Images

Images embedded in Title Pages may be locked, or they may be editable stand-ins.  When you roll the mouse over an embedded image and a white border is displayed around the image, the image is a stand-in.  Click a stand-in to open the Media Browser, and select a replacement image file (hold Shift while clicking to use the system file explorer instead).

If you right-click a stand-in image, a context menu lets you select one of several optional methods of fitting the source image to its frame.  Choosing Stretch causes the image to completely fill the frame.  Fill Area retains the interested image’s original aspect, cropping if necessary to fit inside the frame.  Show All Image also retains the original image aspect, but fits the entire source image inside the frame (which may result in ‘pillar-boxing’ or ‘letter-boxing’).

This menu also allows you to open the Image Properties panel (Figure 137).  It provides the same set of Fill Mode options, but adds an Image Source box supporting direct entry.

Figure 137

The Image Source box comes into play in connection with the next (extremely important) topic – DataLink.

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