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Use the Title Editor to Create a Montage Theme

Use the Title Editor to Create a Montage Theme By Le Papy - Last updated on Friday, October 26, 2012
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, August 25, 2012
Created on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 4:09 AM

We have already extensively discussed, in our previous tutorials, all the wonderful opportunities offered by the new Studio versions Title Editor.

This editor allows you to have such things as:

  • a background color, a still image, or even a video clip;
  • animated titles with adjustable parameters for fonts and you can add shadows, outlines and surfaces;
  • various shapes that can be resized, re-colored, or contain an image or video clip;
  • the ability to animate these elements from the motions tab;
  • a duration that is easily customizable.

You now have all the ingredients to create a pseudo personalized montage theme.

Step 1 : Creation of a Pseudo Montage Theme
  1. Creating the Background :
Insert a background

While in the Movie tab, click the T in the toolbar above the time line (or CTRL + key 5 alphanumeric keypad). This will open the title editor with the default text and a transparent background.

  1. Start by changing the default title duration in the Control Panel (CTRL + ALT + C). Set the duration to 00:00:35:00 for this tutorial;
  2. Drag the image or video clip you have chosen as the background to the drop zone.

Next to the background drop zone, a button allows you to change the aspect ratio of the background, you can also change the opacity of the background or use the trashcan if you made an error. For now, if you are satisfied with the format of your background, do not touch anything else.

  1. Inserting Layers :
  1. By clicking on the "shape tool", you can add different shapes to your title;
  2. For this tutorial you can add an ellipse for example.
Add forms

The shape will be created with a white background by default. It can be moved and resized:

  1. retain its proportions using the corner control points;
  2. modifying its proportions using the side control points;
  3. and rotate the shape using the rotation handle at the top.

Complete this shape by adding a video. Drag the video clip selected on to the shape.

Fill the shape with a clip
Adding additional forms in the title

Continue adding shapes ...

  1. Your clip appears in the first shape created;
  2. Add a second ellipse, move it and fill it with another video clip;
  3. Add a third ellipse, move it and fill it with the first video clip;
  4. Add a fourth ellipse, move it and fill it with the second video clip.

This is the beginners method ... But with a little practice, you can do these operations differently:

  • After creating and resizing the first white background ellipse, select the layer and do a CTRL + C (1 time) and then CTRL + V (3 times). You will get four ellipses that are exactly the same. You just have to re-position them and fill with the clips of your choice.
  • Tips : As the shapes overlap use the Show/Hide button (eyeball) to the right of each layer name to hide it during the fill operation or size change.
The list layers

For all layer controls, I refer you to our previous tutorials : "A Title Editor is Making Headlines", "Studio can Create End Credits on It's Own", "Insert a Video Introduction Before Your Menu".

From the default text layer, you can add a second text layer. This will allow you to have one title at the beginning of the pseudo montage theme and a second title at the end of the pseudo montage theme. They are marked with a red frame.

The four shape layers, named f1, f2, f3 and f4 are highlighted with a green frame. Layers can be moved and resized with the mouse (See our previous tutorials).

Depending on what suits your taste, you can apply an enter motion and an exit motion to each layer and you can change the duration and relative position of each layer in order to replicate the screenshot above.

For those who haven't quite been inspired yet, I used:

  • for the shape layers, an enter motion of 03-Page from Infinity and an exit motion of 16-Page to Left;
  • for Title 1, enter motion 21-Words From Right and an exit motion 04-Page Fade;
  • for Title 2, enter motion 02-Page From Behind and exit motion 06-Movie Trailer..
The time line AVID Studio

When your title is complete, you can save it for later use (File / Save title ...). By default it will be saved in the library, in the Titles section / My titles.in Studio /My titles folder.

Clicking on the OK button in the title editor will return you to the "Movie" tab on the main page of Studio.

  1. Your title, highlighted in green, was placed on the default A/V Track(2) with the length defined at the beginning of this tutorial. You can add a fade to black at the end.
  2. You can use audio extracts from the clips included in the 4 shapes for sound in the video (the images are only used to identify the assembly because, on this track, they are not visible);
  3. SmartSound has a short piece to brighten up the whole video and the result is close to the video below.

Step 2 : Bonus

Depending on how inspired you are, you can also create something that looks like this:

I'm not going to detail the entire process of creating this video. Let me just give you some of the highlights which, combined with what you've seen in the three previous tutorials and step 1 of the latter, should allow you to figure it out for yourself.

The uniqueness of this video lies in the clover-shaped overlay image. This is the process that I will describe in more detail in the next few steps.

  1. After filling the background area with a clip of your choice, add a triangle shape.

    Do not touch either the position or the size of this layer.
Adding a triangular layer
  1. Now add a rounded rectangular (Vertical Pill) layer.

    Do not touch either the position or the size of this layer.
Adding a rounded vertical rectangular layer
  1. Then add a rounded rectangular (Horizontal Pill) layer.

    Do not touch either the position or the size of this layer.

    The shape now looks a bit like a club from a playing card.
Assembly of three layers
General Ordonnacement layers

Reminder : For all of the layer controls, I refer you to our previous tutorials : "A Title Editor is Making Headlines", "Studio can Create End Credits on It's Own", "Insert a Video Introduction Before Your Menu".

On the layer list above, you can see the duration and timeline position for each layer.

Focus on the layer list

In the screenshot above you can see the 8 layers used in this title.

  • The Hori Rect, Verti Rect, and Triangle layers were grouped in a group layer which allows you to move, resize, and rotate them as one shape. As you can see from the screenshot above, the motions are then applied to the group layer.
  • The group layer from the first clover shape created has been copied and pasted to create a second clover shape. All that's left is to change the media fill and the timeline position.
  • Later I added two more layers you do not see on this screenshot (a text layer and a special layer - with a video camera icon) to complete my video.

But if you like kaleidoscopes, feel free to try your luck ... It's very simple to accomplish. For once, I don't recommend that you follow the directions I outlined above and I invite you to use the CTRL + C and CTRL + V without restraint.

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 10 by TechSmith}

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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vijis By # vijis @ Friday, October 5, 2012 11:26 AM
how to install Hollywood indian fx for Pinnacle16

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 1:55 PM
Hello vijis,

What is "Hollywood INDIAN fx" ??

lawer By # lawer @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 2:05 PM
how to save and reuse this montage theme like Montage in Pinnacle Studio 16
Thank You

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:03 PM
Hello Lawer,

Sorry for not answering beforehand.....
It's not a Montage Theme, it's a title, but you can still save it and re-use it.
In such case, you need to save it as a TITLE.


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