When you position elements on the screen (like text and logos), video is not often seen edge to edge. If you’re publishing to a television set, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc, you’ll often lose part of the picture.
Follow the same guidelines that people use with print layout (essentially, the use of a margin). In video, all text elements are kept inside the innermost 80% of the screen (called the Title Safe area). All elements that are meant to be seen are kept inside the innermost 90% of the screen (called the Action Safe area). Additionally you may also see additional lines on HD and 16:9 material to keep things safe for both 16:9 and 4:3 broadcast.
There are a few options for Title Safe overlays:
- In Adobe Premiere Pro, click the Safe Margins button in either the Source or Program panels.
- In Photoshop, guides are added to all of the video-sized document presets. You can also load Video Actions set in the Actions panel. Here you’ll find a Title Safe action.
- In After Effects, they’re in an overlay. Click the grid overlay button in the composition and choose Title/Action Safe.