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Nothing Compatible? Use a Substitute PE CameraPOV

Nothing Compatible? Use a Substitute PE CameraPOV By Le Papy - Last updated on Saturday, April 6, 2013
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Category: Boris Graffiti Tutorials  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated File(s)
Published on Saturday, April 6, 2013
Created on Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:18 AM
 

Many users have purchased the PE CameraPOV plugin from Pinnacle. Unfortunately, this plugin that is very useful for those who have it, is no longer supported by newer versions of Studio. And more recently on the Pinnacle Forum, a user asked, in desperation, how to buy this plugin ... Do not fret any longer as we will try to fill the void left by this unusable plugin by using other means at our disposal in the new versions of Studio. We will see how to do this with Boris Graffiti for Studio.

Step 1 : Motivation

 

The information came to us as a FAQ in English from the Avid Knowledge Base. I didn't buy this plugin but lately I've felt the need to make a layout for a camcorder viewfinder overlay.

So I waited ... but seeing no replacement in the near future, I decided to make a similar plugin for my own needs. I thought others might be in the same situation, and I wanted to share my work to tide you over until a more sophisticated plugin came to market.

To create this plugin, I considered two different applications:

  • Hollywood FX;
  • Boris Graffiti.

Boris Graffiti finally won out thanks to its character generator.

There is no doubt that if I were to describe in detail how I created this Boris Graffiti effect, the tutorial would be very long and boring. Instead I have simply provided the MyPE_CameraPOV.grf file to you and I will use this tutorial to teach you how to configure it. Of course, more advanced users can dissect the effect at their leisure, in order to understand how it's made, if they wish to build other similar effects or make other changes not listed below.

You can find the MyPE_CameraPOV.grf file available in the «Associated Files » section below.

The announcement of non-compatibility
Step 2 : Functions to Replace

The PE CameraPOV plugin offers two types of benefits:

  • Overlays in the image (date, time, battery charge indicator REC LED, zoom, ...) with different presets;
  • Different filters applied to the clip.

To change the filter, you can easily apply different Red Giant effects shipped with Studio Ultimate versions. But for the overlays it was necessary to create an alternate plugin. I limited myself to replicating just one "Generic Camcorder" preset. It's free to you and once you understand the construction of the plugin you can edit the presets as needed. The MyPE_CameraPOV.grf effect is fully customizable and the rest of this tutorial will be spent explaining how to customize the preset.

Step 3 : Possible Customizations in this Video

This video demonstration is composed of 7 identical sequences. On each of them, the Boris Graffiti plugin was applied with different settings.

Configurable constants are:

  • Date;
  • Battery level;
  • Length of film remaining.

Variable settings:

  • Recording Dot (Fixed or flashing);
  • Items REC, PAUSE, PLAY, STBY visible or hidden;
  • Zoom indicator, visible or hidden.

Characteristics for the settings of each sequence:

  1. The red recording dot is visible and fixed. The battery level decreases with the duration of the film;
  2. The red recording dot is visible and flashing. The battery level decreases with the duration of remaining film;
  3. The flashing red dot is accompanied by a REC text in red letters. The battery level decreases with the duration of remaining film;
  4. The camcorder is paused. The PAUSE text is visible, there is no more recording dot, the battery level continues to fall, but the time remaining for the film will not change.
  5. The camcorder is in playback mode. PLAY text is visible, there is no more recording dot, the battery level continues to fall and the duration of the remaining film changes. (Freeze if you wish).
  6. The camcorder is in Standby mode. STBY item is visible, there is no more recording dot, the battery level continues to fall, but the duration of the remaining film will not change.
  7. The red recording dot is visible and fixed. The battery level decreases as the length of film remaining. The zoom indicator is visible.
Step 4 : Using the MyPE_CameraPOV.grf File

I will skip over how to save the MyPE_CameraPOV.grf file in the Boris Graffiti library. Instead, refer to the tutorials "Insert a Chronometer into a Video" (Step 4: Bonus) and ".GRF Files management in Boris Graffiti (animated preview)."

To use the Boris Graffiti effect file from Studio, the procedure is very simple:

  1. In older versions of Studio, I refer you to the "Boris Graffiti, The Beginning" and "Insert a Chronometer into a Video" tutorials for examples.
  2. In newer versions of Studio:

From the Studio interface, double-click on the clip you want to modify to open the Effects Editor.

  1. In the "Add-ons", select the "Filter " item;
  2. Then select " Boris Graffiti ".

It will open the Boris Graffiti plugin and you will find yourself at the main interface. You will need to work in the "Advanced Mode" to access the advanced Boris Graffiti interface.

The Studio Effect Editor allows you to use Boris Graffiti effect

Step 5 : Setting Procedures

 

When you load the file in the Advanced Boris Graffiti UI ("File / Open settings ..."), the plugin is in this preset mode:

  1. The four corners are visible;
  2. The battery level is visible and is set to decline;
  3. The zoom indicator is visible;
  4. The scheduled date is set to 08/04/2013 and is visible;
  5. The remainder of the film is visible and its countdown is programmed;
  6. The red recording dot is visible and fixed;
  7. The REC text item is visible.
The status of the plugin on delivery

The effect is composed of 15 main tracks:

  1. Container top left corner;
  2. Container upper right corner;
  3. Container Lower left corner;
  4. Container lower right corner;
  5. Container zoom indicator;
  6. Container of battery;
  7. Track item PAUSE;
  8. Track item PLAY;
  9. Track item STBY;
  10. Track red dot fixed;
  11. Track red flashing dot;
  12. Track item REC;
  13. Track date;
  14. Track time remaining film;
  15. Track background (clip to edit).
Overview tracks

Setting corners (coin1, coin2, ...):

  1. The corners are made up of several elementary lines enclosed in a container. It's easy to move each corner by selecting the track container and editing the X Position and Y Position parameters to change the position;
  2. To dig deeper into the settings, you can open the container where it is possible to access the "LigneHor" and "LigneVer" tracks which represent the horizontal line and the vertical line;
  3. By opening these tracks, it is possible to access the "Face" Track, "Shape" and "Border" tabs to change the line thickness, size and color.
Setting corners

Setting zoom indicator:

You can easily show or hide the zoom indicator.

  1. All elementary tracks for the zoom indicator are included in the "ContainerZoom" track;
  2. To hide it, just reset one of the three " Scale X " or " Scale Y " or " Scale Z " parameters. The lock is closed, indicating the scaling proportions are linked and the three parameters are modified simultaneously.
  3. If you expand the container, you can edit all other components.
Setting zoom

Setting the Battery:

  1.  All basic battery tracks are included in the "ContainerBatterie" container. You can change the position of the battery by selecting the container track and changing the X and Y positions of the container;
  2. The "Contact" track contains the upper contact of the battery ( + pole);
  3. The "Energie" track is composed of a black rectangle whose size is set using two keyframes so that the rectangle will automatically change over the duration of the effect. This track is located above the "Batterie" track and will decrease gradually as the battery discharges;
  4. The "Batterie" track is composed of a white fixed rectangle.
Setting the battery container

Setting the PAUSE, PLAY and STBY items:

  1. Each of these items is contained in a text track. By default, they are hidden by having their parameter "Scale X " and "Scale Y " set to zero;
  2. To make them appear, just set "Scale X" and "Scale Y " to 100. Of course, it will then hide the REC item and the red recording dot that is placed at the same location;
  3. Incidentally, these items can be moved by selecting the track item and changing the "Position X " and "Position Y " parameters.
Setting items PAUSE, PLAY and STBY

Setting fixed and flashing red lights:

  1. Each of these indicators is contained in a primitive form round track;
  2. The size of the red dot is set to 12.68 in Scale X and Y;
  3. The solid red dot track (RecFixed) is located above the flashing red dot track (RecBlinking) so when the fixed red dot is visible it hides the blinking red dot;
  4. If you set the fixed red dot "Scale X " and "Scale Y " to 0 the flashing red dot below will be visible;
  5. The flashing red dot is created using 33 keyframes that change the opacity of this red dot.
Setting fixed and flashing red LED

Setting REC item:

  1. REC item is contained in a text track. By default, it is visible because "Scale X "  and "Scale Y " are set to 100;
  2. To hide it, just set "Scale X " and "Scale Y " to zero;
  3. By default, the text color is red but you can easily change the color from the secondary "Text" track (see our previous tutorials).
Setting REC item

Setting the Date:

  1. If you expand the Date track, you will see the secondary tracks included;
  2. In particular you will have access to the "Face " track;
  3. This track gives you access to the character generator tab "Generator".

In this tab, all the necessary parameters for customizing your date are available.

I chose to use:

  • Generator type " Date/Time ";
  • Display Year;
  • Display Month;
  • Display Day;
  • Short Date;
  • Date format Day-Month-Year (European style);
  • Date separator slash (/);
  • Start Year 2013;
  • Numeric Time 3450705 to display 08/04/2013. By playing with the "Numeric Time" slide, you can set the date of your choice.
Setting Date

Setting remaining film time:

  1. If you expand the Time HH:MM:SS track, you will see the secondary tracks included;
  2. In particular you will have access to the "Face" track;
  3. This track gives you access to the character generator tab "Generator".

In this tab, all the necessary parameters for customizing your remaining film time are available.

I chose to use:

  1. Generator type " Date/Time ";
  2. Display Hour;
  3. Display Minute;
  4. Display Second;
  5. Numeric Time 5910 to display 1:38:30. By adjusting the " Numeric Time " slide, you can set it to the length of your choice;
  6. The animation of the remaining time is accomplished by two keyframes located on the associated "Face" track. The first keyframe is set to 5910 and the ending keyframe is set to 5900. As time passes 1:38:30 to 1:38:20 will display during the length of the effect;
  7. If you want to freeze the film time remaining (using the PAUSE item for example), simply set the two keyframes to the same "Numeric Time " of 5910 for two keyframes.
Setting remaining time
Step 6 : Bonus

If you want to add a filter to your finished clip, you have 2 options:

  • Add a Red Giant preset over the Boris effect for example. In this case, in Studio, first apply the Red Giant preset and afterwards the Boris Graffiti effect so the Red Giant preset only affects the original clip without interfering with the Boris Graffiti overlay.
  • Find a good filter and adjustment in Boris Graffiti. Add this filter on the "Background " track in the following manner:

For this demonstration, I used the "BCC Safe Color " filter.

To use it:

  1. Select the " Background " track to apply the filter;
  2. From the "Filter " menu;
  3. Select the "Color and Blurs " sub-menu ;
  4. Then choose the " BCC Safe Colors " filter.
Add a filter track to the "BackGround" track
  1. First select the "BCC Safe Colors" track filter and it will be added automatically.

In the "Controls" window settings, you just need to find the correct setting of the filter depending on what you want.

In my case, I only changed the "Saturation Limit" from 80 to 20, for a slight difference from the original clip. But I have not done a lot of testing ...

 

Setting fliter

It's been a long time since I have created a Boris Graffiti tutorial, but that does not mean that I no longer use this plugin ... cool

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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

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