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Keyframes in Pinnacle Studio Effects Editor

Keyframes in Pinnacle Studio Effects Editor By Le Papy - Last updated on Sunday, October 14, 2012
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Created on Sunday, September 23, 2012 3:00 PM

In the tutorial "Pinnacle Studio 16 new features revealed" we saw that this effects editor had a few surprises in store for us (with the birth of Pinnacle Studio 16). By testing these new features, I discovered a few tricks that I'd like to share with you. As we often get questions about keyframes, we would like to spend a little time on these famous keyframes which are often the basis of many operations in the Effect Editor.

Step 1 : What are keyframes?

Some effects change the media source uniformly from the beginning to the end of clip: these effects do not use keyframes because the single change is applied to the whole clip.

Compare this to other effects that allow you to apply different values ​​throughout the course of the clip to create an animation or change over time. These are the keyframes that control the variation of the parameters relevant to the effect.
Consider the simple example of an effect that would have only one parameter for lighting and can vary from 0 to 100. If I put a keyframe set to 30 at the beginning of the clip and set a keyframe to 70 at the end of the clip, the clip's brightness will vary gradually from 30 to 70. But I can also insert a new keyframe between the start and end keyframes and set it to 100. In this case, the brightness of the clip will vary gradually from 30 to 100 and then will decrease from 100 to 70.

You can refer to your user manual accessible from the "Help" menu of your software. Chapter 5, section "Working with keyframes" describes the key concepts to know. I particularly recommend the section titled "Keyframing multiple parameters" that allows for very sophisticated changes.

Step 2 : An example of using keyframes with the Red Giant Mojo Filmmaker Toolkit effect (Ultimate Version)

The Mojo effect is an effect that changes the colors, contrast and saturation.

The Mojo effect is in Add-ons Red Giant Filmmaker Toolkit that comes with the Ultimate version.

But if you do not have the Ultimate version, you can choose any other effect, the principle remains the same.

Choice of an effect

This is the third thumbnail in the Red Giant Filmmaker Toolkit.

I prefer Mojo to Magic Bullet as the main criticism I made in Magic Bullet is precisely that it had no keyframes.

Choice Mojo effect

When the effect is selected, its parameters are displayed by default in the collapsed mode.

  1. The effect name is displayed;
  2. Keyframe button activation is off for this effect;
  3. The "Collapse / Expand" position is reduced.

Initially, in Mojo effect, there is no preset selected.

The reduced visualization parameters Mojo effect
  1. Select keyframes (the diamond changes from gray to orange);
  2. Click the "Collapse / Expand" icon to open all the parameters (Note that the button's icon has changed).

The developed visualization parameters Mojo effect

When you activate keyframes, a keyframe is created automatically
  1. After activating keyframes, a keyframe is automatically created at the start of the keyframe effect line (This keyframe can not be removed). The parameters of this keyframe are those displayed in the preset at the time it's created. For now, with this single keyframe, the effect parameters will not change during the film. Since we want to create a modulated effect, we will see how to add additional keyframes.
Right-click, you can copy the keyframe on which to click
First, we'll copy the keyframe at the beginning of the clip with a right-click on the keyframe. With one mouse click, we copy all the settings displayed in the preset clipboard.
A click on the keyframe line allows to paste a new keyframe
  1. Right-click the desired location, in this case at 1/4 of the keyframe timeline.
The contextual menu lets you copy the keyframe contained in the clipboard
  1. With a single click of the left mouse button paste all the parameters from the original keyframe. Then create a new keyframe pasting again at 3/4 of the keyframe effect line. Finally, repeat the operation at the end of the keyframe effect line to create the fourth keyframe.
    Note: If you do not create keyframe No. 4, the setting will remain constant between keyframes 3 and 4.
Line keyframes effect

Your keyframe effect line then appears as follows:

  1. Start keyframe with the default settings;
  2. Second keyframe with the starting parameters by default;
  3. Third keyframe with the starting parameters by default;
  4. Fourth keyframe with the starting parameters by default;

Position the cursor on the second keyframe (possibly using the toggle keyframe button - item 5) and change the Mojo tint setting to 300. Do the same with the third keyframe by setting Mojo tint = 300.

You will get the following result:

  • The color of your clip will gradually increase from 50 to 300 between keyframes 1 and 2;
  • The color of your clip will remain at 300 between keyframes 2 and 3;
  • The color of your clip will gradually decrease from 300 to 50 between keyframes 3 and 4.

This video will make things a little clearer ...

Step 3 : Using Presets with the Mojo effect

The Mojo effect comes with 10 presets (None, Default and 8 other presets).

  1. For example, choose the Mojito preset and observe the differences with the Mojo 123 preset settings below;
  2. Keyframes button is not enabled. Therefore no parameters change during the video. If you want to make changes, you must create keyframes and set.
Mojito preset settings
  1. Select the Mojo 123 preset;
  2. Keyframes button is not enabled. Therefore no presets change during the video. If you want to make changes, you must create keyframes and set.

When you enable/disable the keyframe button for the same effect, all values for the previous preset keyframes are reset to their original value. Similarly, when you change a preset in the same effect, all values of the previous preset keyframes are reset to their original value.

Mojito123  preset settings
Step 4 : Bonus

You will notice that it is much easier to use a preset instead of fumbling around and changing the various settings to find the right preset. But you may want to mix two presets. For example, start your clip with the Mojito preset and finish on the Mojo 123 preset.
If you have the patience and the courage:

  • note the value of the different parameters of the second effect;
  • apply the first effect by activating the key frames;
  • create a keyframe in the line end of the first effect keyframes;
  • change the settings of the last keyframe values you wrote ...
  • then this is perfect.

But I'm going to demonstrate a slicker trick ...

Right-click, you can copy the keyframe on which to click

Apply Mojito preset then:

  1. Activate keyframes;
  2. A keyframe is automatically created;
  3. Copy this Mojito keyframe (right click on the keyframe and "Copy keyframe"). The copy is kept in the clipboard.
Create a second keyframe at the end of the keyframes line

Apply Mojo 123 preset , then:

  1. Activate keyframes. A keyframe is automatically created upon keyframes activation ;
  2. So as not to lose the contents of your clipboard, you can use another method to create the keyframe at the end of the keyframe line. Click "Skip forward" (or press F key or "Page Down") to move the cursor to the end of keyframe line;
  3. The cursor is now positioned at the end of the line of keyframes;
  4. Click the add/delete keyframe button to add a keyframe. The keyframe will be created at the end of the keyframe line and will automatically have the same values as the keyframe located at the beginning of the keyframe line.

Your two keyframes are identical with the parameters of the Mojo 123 preset. But your clipboard still contains the values for the Mojito preset.

Create a keyframe to a temporary location
  1. Keyframe 1 contains preset parameters for Mojo 123;
  2. Keyframe 2 also contains the same parameters;
  3. Right-click the line between the two keyframes and select "Paste Keyframe" (The Mojito which is in the clipboard).
    Note: You can not directly copy a keyframe on another keyframe but you can move a keyframe to another keyframe to replace it.
Moving the keyframe to its final position
  1. Move the keyframe you just pasted until it covers the first keyframe ... Voila, the first keyframe contains the Mojito preset parameters and the last keyframe contains the Mojo 123 parameters.

I found other tricks to get the same result, but this one seems to me to be the simplest.

Step 5 : Save your custom preset

Use the new feature to save your preset.

Saving a custom preset
  1. Click on the Save icon;
  2. Choose a name that you can remember easily;
  3. A button, "8 My FX Compositions", will be created automatically. You can now directly access your effects composition without going through the "Add-ons Red Giant Filmmaker Toolkit" tab.

Your preset will be saved by default in a file EffectComposition.AXP located in C: \ Users \ Name \ My Documents \ Pinnacle \ My compositions effects.

The custom preset is included in the library
If you select the "Library" tab, below you can see that in the "Effects" group, you now have a "My FX Compositions" subgroup that contains your saved custom preset.
Deleting a Custom Preset

This content can be used and managed like all other contents of the Library. In particular, you can delete your custom preset. If all your custom presets are deleted, the " 8 My FX Compositions" button will disappear from the Effects Editor.

  1. By doing a right click on your preset;
  2. By selecting "Delete" from the context menu;
  3. Choose whether to delete only in the library or in the library and on your hard disk;
  4. A final warning is displayed before committing to the irreversible deletion ...

If you do not delete your preset Through the Library, you can always import it later from C: \ Users \ Name \ My Documents \ Pinnacle \ My compositions effects. Not only will it be in the collection "Import most recent" but will also be present again in the subgroup "MyFX Compositions" and the "8 My FX Compositions" button will again be visible in the effects editor.

New practical features, ergonomic to save you time, it will leave you more time to make excellent montages...

{Thanks to Francis57 for his participation}
{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 10 by TechSmith}
{The video was made using InstantDemo version 8}

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