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Criss-Cross your Videos with our Plugins

Criss-Cross your Videos with our Plugins By Le Papy - Last updated on Monday, April 21, 2014
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 20 & S16-S19 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated Link(s)
Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Created on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:27 PM
 

One of our readers was enthralled by a video he saw on the Internet. He asked us what plugin might have been used to make the video. Having no knowledge of the existence of this plugin, I thought it would be easier if I could find a way to do the effect and then he would be happy with that.

This tutorial is intended to give you some ideas for using 10 free Boris Graffiti plugins we have made available to you in this tutorial . If you practice Boris Graffiti a bit you can have fun creating and dissecting your own new grid variations and effects by reusing some or all of the tracks in the effects available to you. If Boris Graffiti makes you cringe, then content yourself with simply using these effects by integrating them into your own videos. These ten effects let you apply a Studio editing grid of different shapes and different structures in order to create a video that's different than the rest. If you view the demo video, that will be much more meaningful than just this presentation alone.

Step 1 : A Sample Video Using the 10 Grids Made ​​with Boris Graffiti

Step 2: Download and Install Grids

I have made the TutoGrills.zip file available to you in the "Associated Link(s)" section at the bottom of this tutorial (right click + save to download the file). This zip file contains 10 Boris Graffiti effects : P_Grill01.grf to P_Grill10.grf. Follow the recommendations in the ".GRF Files management in Boris Graffiti (animated preview)" tutorial - Step 2, to copy these files to their location in the Boris Graffiti library, using Windows Explorer. These effects can be used in both 4:3 or 16:9 format. But if you use 4:3 videos in a 16:9 project, you will need to right click on the 4:3 video and choose "Fill" so they fill the entire 16:9 space.

Step 3: Integration of Plugins in Studio 17

This tutorial was made with Studio 17 Ultimate. It can also be done using AVID and Studio 16. If you do not have the Plus or Ultimate version, some tools may be missing from your toolkit but you can still reach the end of this tutorial.

How many tracks you will need depends on the grids you use and how you use them. To create this tutorial, I used a total of 9 tracks. I suggest you start with 9 tracks. You can always delete or add tracks later. To add tracks, you have two options:

  1. Click the "Add new track at the top" button. This button is very convenient and allows you to quickly add the necessary tracks, but the tracks are not numbered in order from 1 to 9.
  2. If you prefer your tracks sequentially numbered, you have to always select the lowest track, right click on the track header, and insert a new track below the selected track and repeat the operation five times.

For clarity, I chose option 2 for this tutorial.

 

Adding tracks to the time line default
To make it easier to work with 9 tracks, I recommend you make all the tracks a uniform size. Right-click a track header and select "Small" for all the tracks. Standardizing the size of the tracks

Using the first P_Grill01.grf effect

  1. On A/V Track (1), create a blank 10 second title and apply the Boris Graffiti P_Grill01 effect to it.
  2. Drag your video to A/V Track (9) and adjust its duration to 10 seconds with a right click.

Result: full screen video on the A/V Track (9) overlayed with the Boris Graffiti grid effect.

Using P_Gril01.grf effect

Using the second P_Grill02.grf effect

  1. On A/V Track (1), create a blank title 10 seconds long and apply the Boris Graffiti P_Grill02 effect to it. This effect includes three areas.
  2. I chose to fill area 2 with the video that will be placed on A/V Track (8).
  3. I chose to fill area 3 with the video that will be placed on A/V Track (7).
  4. I chose to fill area 4 with the video that will be placed on A/V Track (9).
  5. Drag your video that occupies area 4 to A/V Track (9) and adjust the duration to 10 seconds by right-clicking. From here on, you will adjust all videos to a 10 second duration in the same way.
Using P_Gril02.grf effect
Each time you use a "Studio PIP" or "2D Editor Advanced" effect be sure to select "No Preset" to reset all settings.
  1. Apply the "Studio PIP" effect (Button 1 2D-3D) to the video placed on A/V Track (9).
  2. You can adjust the vertical position to center the part to be preserved.
  3. You can activate keyframes to adjust the vertical position.
  4. You can then create your keyframes.
  5. Don't worry about the top, it will be masked by the higher tracks.
 Applying a "Studio PIP" effect to the clip
  1. Drag your video that will occupy zone 2 on A/V Track (8) and apply the "Studio PIP" effect (Button 1 2D-3D)). You can adjust the vertical position and horizontal position to center the portion to keep. Set a cut to remove the excess from zone 2.
  2. Drag your video that will occupy zone 3 on A/V Track (7) and apply the "Studio PIP" effect ( (Button 1 2D-3D). You can adjust the vertical position and horizontal position to center the portion to keep. Set a cut to remove the excess from zone 3.
 Applying a "Studio PIP" effect clip to the clips on tracks 7 and 8

Using the third P_Grill03.grf effect

  1. On A/V Track (1), create a blank 10 second long title and apply the Boris Graffiti P_Grill03 effect to it. This effect consists of two areas.
  2. I chose to fill area 2 with the video that will be placed on A/V Track (9).
  3. I chose to fill area 3 with the video that will be placed on A/V Track (8).
  4. Drag your video that will occupy zone 2 to A/V Track (9) and apply the "Studio PIP" effect (Button 1 2D-3D). You can adjust the vertical position and horizontal position to center the portion to keep. Set a cut to remove what may be left beyond Zone 2 . The excess on the right will be hidden by the video from zone 3.
  5. Drag your video that will occupy zone 3 to A/V Track (8) and apply the "Studio PIP" effect ( (Button 1 2D-3D). You can adjust the vertical position and horizontal position to center the portion to keep. Set a cut to remove any excess on the left and possibly on the right of Zone 3.
 Using P_Gril03.grf effect

Continue the same process, adding a blank 10 second title to A/V Track (1) and applying the desired Boris Graffiti effect to it. Drag your video and apply the "Studio PIP" effect (Button 1 2D-3D). You can adjust the horizontal position to center the portion you will keep. Set a cut to remove the excess left and right of the area. Grids P_Grill04 to P_Grill08 have a non-transparent black part. It's supposed to be there, it's part of the effect.

  1. 6 compartments visible in the P_Grill04 effect will be filled with either 1-6 videos dragged on A/V Track (9) to A/V Track (4), each being assigned a  "Studio PIP" effect or "2D Editor Advanced" effect.
  2. You can do the same with the P_Grill05 effect, only change the vertical position.
  3. You can do the same with the P_Grill06 effect, the horizontal and vertical positions should be adjusted.
  4. The P_Grill07 effect will allow more possibilities.
  5. 6 compartments visible with P_Grill08 effect will be filled with either 1-6 videos dragged on A/V Track (9) to A/V Track (4), each being assigned a  "Studio PIP" effect or "2D Editor Advanced" effect.
  6. The P_Grill09 effect consists of 6 vertical stripes that gradually appear. 6 bands may be filled with either 1-6 videos dragged on A/V Track (9) to A/V Track (4), each being assigned a "Studio PIP" effect.
Using P_Gril04.grf to P_Gril09.grf effects

After using the 10 plugins, your timeline should look something like this:

  1. 10 empty 10 second titles, one after another , on A/V Track (1). They are each associated to a different Boris Graffiti effect.
  2. Depending on your choice, videos used are placed on A/V Track (2) to A/V Track (9) and are altered with either a "Studio PIP" effect or "2D Editor Advanced" effect.
  3. For the P_Grill10 effect, I used all the tracks built at the beginning of the tutorial.
  4. To avoid a cacophony of sound, don't forget to remove the audio on the auxiliary tracks.
The time line almost completed

For the P_Grill10 effect I chose to put a video in each of the six squares on the bottom line. The "Studio PIP" effect is less suitable in this case because the size of the video is more difficult to change. It's preferable to use the "2D Editor Advanced" effect in this case.

  1. Here is an example of setting the horizontal and vertical position.
  2. And an example of changing the size.
Using "Editor 2D avanced" effect

These effects allow total flexibility. This is not a reason to question my personal taste ... wink

But have fun anyway.

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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

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Comments
Raymond Pirlet By # Raymond Pirlet @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:31 AM
Bedankt

Kathy Roberts By # Kathy Roberts @ Thursday, December 29, 2016 11:27 PM
Can this instruction be used for Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate?

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Friday, December 30, 2016 9:27 AM
Yes, if you have the Boris Graffiti plugin...

 
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