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J Montreuil

What's the standard length in time for a lower third?

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The topic pretty much says it all.

In my experience, that would very much depend on whether it reads 'Bob Shane' or 'Eustace Archibald de Konigswater, 2nd Earl of Baringsthorpe' - there cannot really be a standard when any given duration would clearly feel too short or too long for a certain name and /or title. I usually allow enough time to slowly read and digest the words once they are fully on screen and before they start to disappear. You may need to allow more or less time depending on how busy the shot is or if lots of action is taking place besides a talking head.

 

By all means try throwing 5 seconds on all of them and see what it looks like, though.

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