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Using a frame around your video

Using a frame around your video By wimnatuur - Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated Link(s)
Published on Saturday, October 13, 2007
Created on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11:09 AM
Frame around video

This tutorial created for Pinnacle Studio 1-15 can also be achieved with new Studio versions with some adjustments. These adjustements will be highlighted in bold and italic as follows: “If you are using a new Studio version {...}”

On Television you often see a frame around the picture. And inside this frame is the movie.
This is also possible in Pinnacle Studio 1-15, here is how you can achieve this.

To do so you have to make a frame in a photoediting program. Or look on the internet doing a search on photoframes.
Use a picture in the editing software where you can make a "hole in it" and make a "transparent background" (mask or alpha layer). For those kinds of pictures I used several backgrounds supplied with the Pinnacle program. When you look at those backgrounds you can see that there are many where the place for the hole is already black or another solid color. Simply cut that part out in the photoediting program, save this part as a mask or alpha layer and there is your first videoframe.
Save that picture in .tif format (or .png) and make sure that the transparent layer will be kept in the picture.
For information, you can also read the tutorials of saby "Create transparent areas in still images with Gimp" or "Handling layers with Gimp" that will give you the foundation needed to perform all these operations with Gimp which is free.

This frame you can put like any other photo on the overlay track on the timeline in Pinnacle Studio 1-15.

If you are using a new Studio version :

Video and frame will be placed on different tracks in the timeline. Remember that in new Studio version the track order is reversed compared to Pinnacle Studio 1-15, the overlay track is always placed above the video track. So if you put your video on the default track, A/V 2), you must drag your frame to the A/V 1) track as shown below:

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The result you can see below.

As well as a small video example:


BONUS: You can download the file "using_frame.zip" - wimnatuur mask (4:3 - NTSC format or PAL format). This file is available in the « Associated Link(s) » section below.


{Adaptation Pinnacle Studio 1-15 to new Studio version by Le Papy}
{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}






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Johan By # Johan @ Thursday, November 13, 2008 5:50 AM

I'm using Studio 12 Ultimate for about 2 weeks now. But i learned the most on your site with your tutorials. GREAT JOB !!

Now i'm trying to add a Snow effect using one of your tutorials.

My problem is: i can make it snow, but the snow is not going over the FRAME i added. Is there a way i can make it snow over my whole picture, so the movie and over the frame?

Thanks in advance,

Keep up the great work you are doing !

wimnatuur By # wimnatuur @ Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:24 AM
Hi Johan,
The most easy way is put you piec of movie on a new timeline. Then put the frame over it. Then render it by making an avi file of that part. Call it something like movie with frame. Store t somewhere on your HD and start your normal project again. Then put on the place where the old part and the frame was the new made avi. And now add the snow and see it snows over the whole movie including the frame. Succes

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:18 AM
Hello Johan,

The solution mentionned by Wimnatuur is correct. Nevertheless, you can also apply a "filter" to your frame, as well as a transition. If you put your frame-picture on the timeline (title overlay), you then apply a transition or a filter to it and it works. I just tried, and that works !
Follow for example the tutorial: "Simulating rain (transition #245)" to use it as filter.
Keep me informed if you do not succeed.


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