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A Popular TV Effect

A Popular TV Effect By Le Papy - Last updated on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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Published on Friday, December 31, 2010
Created on Thursday, October 21, 2010 1:21 AM

If you watch French television in the early evening and especially channel five, you have certainly noticed the effects commonly used in the broadcast "C dans l'air"®. These effects are interesting and some of our readers would like to include them in their editing but they wonder with what software they can do it .
I thought our Studio could do most of the work but as we are limited in the number of tracks, I called Hollywood FX to the rescue to save a track. This is a home-made method that I found but there are several other ways of achieving this, with the same means or with other more powerful applications. It is quite certain that the broadcasts with live effects make use of other means...

Step 1 : The Effects

Here is a summary of the most used effects:

The effects that are used:

Step 2 : Necessary Items

To begin, you need to download the 330-window.hfz file available in the « Associated Files » section below. You will then need to extract this 330-window.hfz file. The details are in our tutorial "Tuto-1 Files with .HFZ extension". If necessary, you can also refer to the tutorial "My HFX transitions create problems for me...".

Then in Studio, use the same clip then place it:

  1. On the video track;
  2. On the overlay track.

To have the same references as the tutorial and make your life easier, you can take the 4th clip of clowns.mpg. If you do not possess the demo video distributed with older Studio version, you can download it (courtesy of the publisher) in the "Associated Links" section of this page below (right click / Save Target As).
The person does not look like the TV presenter but she is very well suited to our tutorial ...
Optionally delete the soundtrack of the clip placed on the overlay track (review the how-to in our tutorial Third Video Track with Pinnacle Studio)

Using videos in Studio
Step 3 : Processing the Video Track
Changing the brightness on the video track

You will use the video track to view the darker parts of the clip. It's very easy :

  1. Add the "Color Correction" video effect included in the "Studio Plus RTFX";
  2. Set all parameters to 0 except the brightness setting that is set at -50.

Don't be surprised if you don't see the results of your changes in the preview screen ... The clip on the overlay track will mask your work.

Applying an HFX Filter effect on the  video track

To display the mobile window pane to the left of the video, you'll use Hollywood FX to add a track. To do this:

  1. Add the "HFX Filter" effect included in the" Studio Plus RTFX ";
  2. Note the order in which the video effects were applied, it is important. If you make an error, you can select one of the video effects and use the active button to move the effect;
  3. On the thumbnail of the Clip, the icons also reflect the order in which the video effects were applied;
  4. Edit HFX Filter.
Hollywood FX's interface

By editing the HFX Filter, you open the Hollywood FX interface which will allow you to load the pre-made plugin.

  1. View the album;
  2. Select the FX-00-Declic Video folder;
  3. Look for the 330-window plugin and double-click the icon;
  4. Verify that the effect has been loaded and you may then change the original text (See our tutorial "Tip-3 Modify "Texthere" for HFX 169");
  5. Finish by clicking OK to return to Studio.
Step 4 : Processing of the Overlay Track
Inserting a video effect "Picture in Picture" on the overlay track

Currently the overlay track displays the video full screen (and thus masks the video track) at 100% brightness. This clip is the one you will use to display the portion normally lit. But you will have to lower the visibility of this clip without distorting the image to reveal a portion of the video track.

  1. Use the "Picture in Picture" effect included in the "Studio Plus RTFX"
  2. Press the reset button to set most parameters to 0;
  3. Notice the icon for the effect on the thumbnail of the Clip ;
  4. Just change the settings for "Cropping".
The keyframes of video effect "Picture in Picture"

The "Picture in Picture" effect will ensure the animation of darker parts. To ensure this animation, you will create 8 keyframes.

  1. Check the "Keyframes" box, it will automatically create 2 keyframes at the beginning and end of the effect;
  2. Other keyframes will be created by positioning the cursor using the time counter;
  3. Then click the Add button, which will create a keyframe at the cursor position;
  4. Enter the cropping parameters for each keyframe.

For example, here are the parameters of the 8 keyframes I created .

Key Time Top Low Left Right Corner curve Comments
1 00:00:00 5 20 0 0 0  
2 00:03:08 5 20 0 0 0 Parameters are maintained
3 00:03:18 5 20 25 0 10 Show the left pane and round the window
4 00:09:09 5 20 25 0 10 Parameters are maintained
5 00:09:10 5 20 25 10 10 Reduce the right side window
6 00:12:02 5 20 25 10 10 Parameters are maintained
7 00:12:12 5 20 0 0 0 Return to the original setting
8 00:16:06 5 20 0 0 0 Parameters are maintained
Step 5 : Creation of 2 Titles

The Video track and Overlay track are completed. Now you must use the Title Track. On this Title track, you will create two titles, one after another, each having a duration essentially equal to half of the clip inserted on to the Video Track. The first title will be a still title and the second title a scrolling title.

  1. Creation of first title :
  1. By right clicking on the title track, you open the context menu;
  2. Select the "Go to Title Editor" item in Studio 12 (see screenshot) or "Go to Classic Title/Menu Editor" in Studio 14 / Studio 15.
Créating a classic title
Setting of static title

Once in the classic title editor :

  1. Select the "Title" button;
  2. Set the duration to 0:07:23;
  3. Click the "Aa" button (Looks Browser) to customize your characters;
  4. Select the "Custom" button and click the "Face is a solid color" button;
  5. Click on the colored square "Change face color" to change the color to white;
  6. Select the "Arial" 80 font;
  7. Click the "Add text field" button;
  8. With the left button pressed, create the text field with the mouse that allows you to enter your title;
  9. Click the OK button to save and return to the time line.
  1. Creation of second title :

Repeat the right click on the title track to open the context menu and select the item that you open the classic title editor to set the second title.

Setting of scrolling title
  1. Select the"Crawl" button;
  2. Set the duration to 00:08:09;
  3. Select the "Arial" 28 font;
  4. Click the "Add text field" button;
  5. With the left button pressed, create the text field with the mouse that allows you to enter your title. The shape of this field and its position does not matter because Studio will perform (Tip: In order that the title disappear completely from the screen, add 3 spaces after the last character);
  6. Click the OK button to save and return to the time line.

Eventually, your time line in Studio should look like this:

Final assembly in Studio

I can not finish this tutorial without a friendly wink to Himalia29 who is the originator of this tutorial.

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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