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How to add shapes (arrows, squares ...) in Studio

   How to add shapes (arrows, squares ...) in Studio By Larocom - 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 Friday, March 2, 2012
Created on Monday, February 6, 2012 4:04 AM

Indeed, you may be required to highlignt an element of your video, for example to specify a voiceover narration, or to locate a character partially hidden.

The Windows Wingdings font offer many opportunities for special characters with shapes such as arrows, squares, circles, etc. ... Of course, as with other fonts, they are applicable to the text of Avid Studio and new Studio versions titles, but you will soon realize that it is not easy to locate the desired character inside Studio.

So I offer this simple and effective method that should make your job easier.

Another remark before you start : although the pictures correspond to Avid Studio and new Studio versions screenshots, the methodology is equally applicable to Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio 1-15.

Step 1 : find the desired character

Acces the Windows « Characters map », in Windows 7 (like in Windows XP) :

« Start/All programs/Accessories/System tools/Character map »

Wingdings fonts are at the end of the list. Locate the desired character among all those proposed. For the purposes of the example I chose to use a 3D like arrow, left-oriented and transparent of the "Wingdings" font.

Click the character in the font grid (magnifier effect), and Select then Copy

Windows characters map
Step 2 : Import into Studio

Prepare the Title that will host the title character in Studio.

This can be a title already containing a text (the example) or a new title opened on another track.
Title in the timeline

Open Title Editor (double-click the title, or right-click and Edit Title in the context menu),


Title Editor

  1. Disable the Solo mode (recommended but not required). This facilitates the positioning of the special characters in the picture.
  2. Add (if necessary) a text layer. It opens with « Your text here ».

Selecting the text to be replaced and choice of the font

  1. In the edition window select of the characters of « Your text here ».
  2. Then in the panel "Text Settings" pull down list of fonts, look for Wingdings font (the three are listed in order by the end of the list, after the police Wide Latin), and select the one where was chosen the desired character in step 1.

Paste the character

  1. In the text field, right-click and Paste text in the context menu. The desired character appears.

Adjust the shape

  1. It remains to adjust the shape, according to your tastes and needs, size, color, etc. ... as it is done for another text. It is also possible to rotate the shape and/or adjust its position in the image. You can also assign a motion function.

That's it finished. Repeat steps 2 to 6 for each additional shape.

Attention : remember to validate with « OK » button at the bottom of the screen to exit Title Editor.

Back to timeline, here is the result.


With Pinnacle Studio

With Pinnacle Studio 12, 14 et 15, all operations of step 2 can be done. The only variants reside in the presentation of the tools used.

Let's go ! Now, it's up to you to be in ggod shape !

{Thanks to saby who translated this tutorial from french to english and cross-checked it}

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