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Using Chroma Key and Luma Key to create a text effect

Using Chroma Key and Luma Key to create a text effect By Videoman3857 - Last updated on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, July 2, 2011
Created on Saturday, July 2, 2011 6:20 AM

This tutorial will explain you how to create a "text effect" using chroma key and luma key. The tutorial is based on Pinnacle Studio screen capture, but it can also been accomplished using AVID Studio and new Studio versions. Below is the final result (with my favourite American actress - Jeri Ryan - as the subject) :

Step 1 : Here's what you should be able to do while following this tutorial


Step 2 : Material Preparation


Place a photo or video into the time line. In this example we are using two Photographs. One for the Chroma Key effect and the other, for the Luma key effect. Each photo has been zoomed to fill the screen.   Scene selection
Select a title and place on the title track. The existing title text will be displayed in the view screen. Open the title in edit mode by double clicking on the title on the time line Select a title


Step 3 : Add text and customize it


Select your text and type in your title. Change the text Font and Size. It is best to use a bold font and get the text size as big as you can. Now click on the custom tab. Change your text, font and size
Double click on the white face box. Choose Green on the colour selection chart and then click OK. Your text should now be Green. Change the alignment of the text to suit the photograph. Click OK when completed to return to Studio edit mode. Change your text, font and size


Step 4 : Add effects (plugins)



Your Screen should look like this. Ensure the title track is selected. Open the plug in tool box Select title track
Select Picture in Picture. Select the Chroma key tab select “Enable Chroma Keying”. The default key colour is green, so there is no need to change the key colour setting. Play around with the settings to see what they do. Select picture in picture plugins and adjust the chroma key
Once they are tweaked your text should go from A to B. The screen is black, but you can see your photo / video through the transparent text. Beginning of the plugin effect End of the plugin


Step 5 : Take another step and use your imagination


Go back to the title editor by double clicking on the title in your time line. Now select this little box on the side. Click ok and see what happens when you play the photo /video. Add another dimension to your title by using pan and zoom. I gave you the idea, now you work it out. Animate text
Optionnal Step 6 : Using Luma Key


We can perform the same trick by using Luma Key. Repeat all steps up to step 4. Select White instead of green for the font face colour. Note there is no need to perform step 4 if your text is already white. In this example we use a different word in our title. In this example it is a surname. The photo used has a black background to yet give another effect. Using Luma Key
Select the tool box, then the plug in tab. Choose “Luma Key” from the Studio plus RTFX family of plugins. Leave Luma centre at 0, adjust Radius to around 20. The photo will show through the word “Ryan”. The effect will not be apparent because of the black background. Set Luma Key parameters


Step 7 : Take another step and use your imagination


Go back to the title editor by double clicking on the title in your time line. Now select this little box on the side. When the title is played the word scrolls over the photograph, revealing the letters when scrolling over the any colour other than black. Add scrolling text
Don't like that effect ? Okay, go back to Luma keyer and adjust the softness to 80. This will adjust the opacity of the word so you can see the letters when passing over the black. Adjust Luma Key
Ok I have one more adventure for you. This time we repeat everything for Chroma key, BUT this time we select Gradient Colour for the font face. Gradient colour for the font face
In Chroma key, select the “Key colour” eye dropper and drag it over to the red of the font in the title track. I have chosen the red to reveal the photo in the top part of the title. Make sure Enable Chroma Key is selected to make the effect work. Adjust Luma Key

I have planted the seed, now take your imagination and make it grow. 
See my video at  http://www.youtube.com/user/videoman3857

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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:08 AM
As you are aware I have been looking for ways in the use of LumaKey and this Tutorial gives me insight of the use ! You have done an excellent job in this layout and presentation for ease of understanding . Many thanks for the effort !!

Peter By # Peter @ Monday, July 4, 2011 7:49 AM
Thanks Gert. Glad to share my knowledge with fellow users of Studio.

I hope to share more knowledge in the near future

Have you considered Avid Studio yet? Looks really good, but have to forget all about Pinnacle Studio. Lots of goodies, but set out different.

Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Thursday, July 7, 2011 3:41 PM
I for one will never use Avid Studio due to the poor Software programming so indicated by the massive update released recently . Maybe when they get to # 15 it will be a decent program . There is much better Video Editing Software available without all the dramatic errors .

terrymaureen By # terrymaureen @ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:27 PM
thank you for sharing. i am a beginer

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