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Closing Credits - "Star Wars"

Closing Credits - "Star Wars" By Frank Jones - Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 20 & S16-S19 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated Link(s)
Published on Saturday, December 1, 2007
Created on Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:19 AM
 

Using background animated video, zoom effect, and as an overlay with perspective

This tutorial created for Pinnacle Studio 1-15 can also be done with new Studio version with a few adjustments. These adjustments are shown in bold italics: "If you use a new Studio version {...}"

This tutorial was developed by Clopin (*). Faced with the continuing requests from Studio users, I updated it to make it available to all users. Here is what you will be able to achieve after following this tutorial :

We will assume that you have at least Studio 10 Plus to use this tutorial. If you have Studio 10 (no plus), you may do so but additional rendering will be needed. Studio Plus, with its video track, overlay track and title track will allow us to easily achieve this small tutorial. We will also use the Pinnacle Studio RTFx standard effects: RTFX Standard Pan and Zoom, RTFX Standard Speed and RTFX Studio Plus color Keying (Chroma Key), and a JPs Effects plug-in, Form Transform (0.8) which you can find on the JPs Effects site.

I suggest a little journey into space, to show you the possible applications of some of these effects:

  • First, we will use the Pan and Zoom effect to create an animated video background from some pictures of star-filled skies
  • Then, in order to create the movement, we will use the RTFX Standard Speed effect
  • Then, with the Color Keying effect (Chroma Key), we are going to simulate the view from the inside of a spaceship
  • And finally, with the JPs Effects plugins, we will create a perspective view, in the manner of a simulated Star Wars scroll.

The tools you will need:

- A graphics program, such as Photoshop, PaintShop or other ...
- Studio Plus
- JPs Effects plug-ins for the title
- For the time-challenged among you, the pack "BonusPack_Star-Wars.zip" (including the images presented here, Star Wars fonts, videos of stars, etc. ..) is available in the « Associated Link(s) » section below

Step 1: The Creation of Still Images with a Graphics Program

We will need 4 or 5 images of night skies filled with stars. If you are skilled in the handling of your favorite graphics software, it is easy enough to create them from scratch. If you are devotees of astronomy you might have photos. Otherwise you can scan in magazines or find on the Internet, for example on the site NASA/ESA Hubble (with attention to the copyright notices).
It will require pictures as clear and as big as possible because we are going to be doing some zooming in. 2000 x1500 pixels is a minimum. A 4:3 format is ideal, in order to use the entire picture. In a 16:9 format, the zoom will have to be adjusted. The images, once finished, will be saved in a BMP or TIFF format (in full resolution, 2000x1500 for example).

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Examples of images of starry skies created in a graphics program

For the image of the spaceship, you will need to use your talents as a graphic artist. But here too, if you do not want to create the cabin from scratch, you can find images on the Internet of cockpits of aircraft or spacecraft. For the time-challenged, our Bonus Pack contains ...
It is possible to use extracts from different images to make your cockpit. Be careful not to put too many small details that might not show in the final video.
Your image will be created at 768x576 pixels if you work in 4/3, 1280x720 pixels if you work in 16/9.
The windows will be filled with blue RGB (RGB or green), which will help to create transparency using the overlay track of Studio 10 Plus. Again, once your image is created, save in BMP or TIFF.

A  cockpit of spacecraft

Step 2: The Creation of the Background Video with Studio using still images

Open Studio. In the configuration options, adjust the duration of the transitions and titles / photos to 10 seconds, this will avoid having to redefine the length of images one by one. Save the project.

The configuration options

Import images of the night sky onto the time-line. Switching images between small stars and other stars that are a little larger or brighter.
On each image, apply the Pan and Zoom effect. Tick the "Use Keyframes" box to automatically create 2 keyframes (one at the beginning and one at the end of each image)

Apply the Pan and Zoom effect


Leave the settings for keyframe 1 at zero. For the setting of keyframe 2, choose 100 for Zoom, and -10.00 for Vertical. This will give the impression of gaining altitude as you advance in space. You can optionally create the Zoom effect through JPs Effects, not used here.

Settings for keyframe

Then apply the dissolve transition between each image. Set the transitions to the same duration as the clips, the second dissolve begins after the first, etc. Combining the zoom effect with the dissolves will create a feeling of depth (the third dimension) in the movie. Save the project.

Dissolve transition between each image

There remains at the beginning and the end of the sequence, two portions not dissolved. To remove them, we must first make a DV AVI Video of the sequence. Save as space.avi. Make a DV AVI Video

Open a new project, import the space.avi to the timeline. Save the project under a new name. Using the cursor, navigate through the sequence, and create a cut at the beginning and the end, then delete the part of the beginning (5 seconds before the first dissolve) and the end (5 seconds after the last dissolve).

Create a cut at the beginning and the end of the sequence,

Once these two portions are removed, we can adjust the duration of the clip that is now 30 seconds to get the desired duration.
In order to fully give the impression of speed, I suggest you reduce the length of the sample from 30 to 10 seconds. To do this, we will use the RTFX effect Standard Speed.
Use the RTFX effect Standard Speed.

At this point, you already have a sample of the starry sky, which can be used as background video in a menu for a DVD, or as a background for a generic film. In this case, create a DV AVI Video file (possibly Mpeg2 DVD quality), and save for later use. If you're not courageous enough to carry out these steps, you can use the Bonus Pack...

If you use a new Studio version :

  • Setting Project :
Setting projet in AVID Studio
  1. Use the "Setup" menu;
  2. Click on "Control Panel" directly or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + C without going through the "Configure" menu;
  3. In the window that opens, select "Project Settings";
  4. Fill in the corresponding entry fields.

However, I noticed that the default duration for transitions random function (the magnetic snapping is on or not ... and that even with a transition time less than the length of the image). In most cases the length of the transition depends on the length of the "drag" or by the scrubber position on the timeline when using the "Send to the timeline" item.

  • Scaling images :
Scaling images
  1. Make multiple selections on all images (Select an image and Ctrl + A);
  2. Right click on an image;
  3. Select the "Fill" item;
  4. Click complete.
  • Inserting fade transitions :
    • Drag and drop method with multiple selection :
Inserting fade transitions (Drag and drop method)
  1. Make multiple selections on the central images (Select the second image and then Shift key and select the 6th picture);
  2. Hold down the Shift key to get a multiple insertion and execute a drag and drop the fade transition to the corner top / left of the second transition;
  3. While holding the Shift key and left mouse button pressed, drag the second transition to obtain the desired transition time..
    • Drag and drop method using the clipboard :
Inserting fade transitions (Drag and drop method with using the clipboard)
  1. Execute a drag and drop with the fade transition to the corner top / left of the second transition;
  2. While holding the left mouse button pressed, drag the second transition to obtain the desired transition time;
  3. Right click on the second transition. In the context menu "Transition" select "Copy".
Using the clipboard with multiple selection
  1. Make a multiple selection of images 3-6 (third image selection, then Shift key, then select the 6th picture);
  2. Right click on the selected images;
  3. In the context menu, select "Paste".
  • Creating the pan and zoom :
Creating the pan and zoom
  1. Pan & Zoom effect can not be applied simultaneously to multiple images. Right click on the first image or double-click the first image in the timeline;
  2. In the context menu, select "Open editor effects";
  3. In the effects editor, select the "Pan and Zoom" tab;
  4. Click the "Animation" button;
  5. Change the settings ... You can select "Zoom In slow" for example or any other parameter as desired;
  6. Remember to click the "OK "button at the bottom of the effects editor (not visible in the screenshot).

Repeat steps 1 to 6 six times... for each of the remaining images.

  • Creation of the intermediate rendering :
    There is no fundamental difference with Pinnacle Studio:
    - In the main window, select "Export" (top right);
    - In the "Studio Exporter", select the export parameters;
    - Click the "Start Export" button at the bottom of the "Studio Exporter" window.
  • Application of the speed effect :
Application of the speed effect
  1. Insert your intermediate rendered file to the default A / V (2) track and right click on the clip;
  2. In the context menu, click on the submenu "Speed";
  3. Select the "Add" item.
The speed effect window
  1. In the "Speed Control" window, change the percentage to the desired value (maximum 500);
  2. Click OK.
The anchor zone
  1. The anchor zone is indicated by the purple color. This area corresponds to the static part of the video. Depending on your setting choice for the anchor in the "Speed Control", this area is to the right of the active part (Anchor to "First Frame") to the left of the active part (in the Anchor "Last Frame"), in the middle of the active part (the scrubber position in the timeline in the middle of the sequence and anchor on "current image". Position the scrubber position on the slider in the timeline at the boundary of two zones.
  2. Use the razor blade to cut the purple zone, wait for the confirmation then you can delete it.
Step 3: Overlaying the Cockpit of our Spaceship

Drag the image of the cockpit to the overlay track of Studio Plus. Adjust the length of the sample to the same value as the clip of the night sky.

Apply the Chroma Key effect. Choose blue screen (or green, depending on your image). If the image of the cockpit has been properly prepared, the default settings used, and with the magic of technology, the blue windows (or green) will become transparent. You are already under way for an intergalactic voyage. Apply the Chroma Key effect

If you use a new Studio version:

The "Blue Screen Overlay" preset

Insert the cockpit image on the A / V (1) track located above the default (A / V (2) track without scaling the image, if the dashboard of the spacecraft should disappear. Give it the same length as the intermediate rendering;.

  1. Double-click the clip in the timeline or right click on the image of the cockpit and in the context menu, select "Open Effects Editor";
  2. The effects editor opens by default to the "Effects" tab, and there are several options ...
  3. Click the "keyers" tab and choose the "StudioChromakeyer" effect;
  4. Select the "Blue Screen Overlay" preset and click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Step 4: Create a standard title with perspective, in the manner of "Star Wars"

Open the Classic Titler Editor. The text for the scroll can be prepared in advance, with a text editor such as Windows Notepad, and then copied and pasted into the text box of the titler.
For all the basic functions of the titler, refer to the manual or online help (F1 key) Studio.

Choose the "Scroll up" option in the "Edit" pulldown.
Using the options for text formatting, select the font (in the example, I chose "Slipstream LET"), select its size ( 40), and select center justify text. For fonts, see theBonus Pack...

 Choose the "Scroll up" option in the "Edit" pulldown

Click on "Custom" to set the text color. Click on "Custom" to set the text color

Click "OK" to return to the editing interface of Studio.

The title track is still active, click on the video toolbox, and the video effects. Select "JPs Effects-Form" and then "Transform (0.8)." Select "JPs Effects-Form" and then "Transform (0.8)."

In the Settings options is a "Star Wars" preset, but we will change values.

Move the first adjustment (perspective y) to 100.
The second adjustment (move y) will adjust the height at which the title will disappear. The value will depend on the size of the text and other settings chosen. In the example, it is -13 suitable for this text.
Setting for "Transform (0.8" effect

With other settings you can fine tune the parameters to apply the best possible effect. But for what we want to accomplish here, these two parameters are sufficient.

To define the starting point of the title, simply move the object to the right or left, then choose its duration. You can add blank lines between text and time to adjust frame rate, and it will add a number of blank lines at the end of the selection so that the title does not stop in the middle of the screen before the end of the scroll. Some testing is needed to find the right combinations.

Add a fade to black on each of the overlay video track

To avoid too abrupt an end to the clip, add a fade to black on each of the overlay video track.

Finally, we add some background music tailored to the style of the clip using the SmartSound tool or other music of your choice. We will let the music continue a few seconds after the clip.

If you use a new Studio version:

  • Insert a new track
  1. Right click in the track header of the track A / V (1);
  2. In the context menu, click "Insert a new track";
  3. Select the "above" option.
Insert a new track
  • Insert a title
Insert a title
  1. Select a category such as Standard;
  2. For example, drag "Title 04" title on to the newly created track A / V (5);
  3. Make it the same length as the length used on the tracks A / V (1) and A / V (2);
  4. Double-click the clip in the timeline or right click on the title and the context menu select the item "Edit Title."
  • Edit the title to create a title that scrolls up:
The Title Editor window
  1. The Title Editor opens on the "Looks" tab. With the text selected, you can use the 1 through 4 buttons to select one of the predefined settings;
  2. In the text parameters, with the text selected, you can change various parameters and in particular use the font that works well in your project...
The "Motiob" tab of Title Editor window
  1. Click the "Motion" tab to change the movements of the title;
  2. Remove the Enter Motion of this effect as predefined, by clicking the small cross;
  3. Remove the End Motion of this title Motion Preset.
Appy a new movement
  1. With he "Motions" tab still selected, click on "Emphasis";
  2. Click on the "00- Roll Up" effect;
  3. Finish by clicking the "OK" button at the bottom of the title editor (not visible in the screenshot).
  • Applying of the "JPs Effects-Form" effect ("Transform (0.8)").
Applying of the "JPs Effects-Form" effect ("Transform (0.8)")
  1. Right click on the title;
  2. In the context menu, select the item "Open Effects editor."
The Add-ons effects
  1. "JPs Effects-Form" effects are add-ons. To access, click on 6 Add-ons;
  2. From the menu, choose the "Filter" item then click the "Transform (0.8)" effect - The effects are listed in alphabetical order, so you'll have to scroll through the effects with the arrows to the left and right of the window effects to access it.
Select the preset "Star Wars
  1. Open the drop-down list of presets;
  2. Select the preset "Star Wars" or use other parameters;
  3. Click "OK" at the bottom of the effects editor (not shown in the screenshot).
  • Add a fade to black at the end of each track:
  1. Select the fade to black transition and drag to move the fade transition to the corner top / right of the track A / V (5);
  2. While holding the left mouse button down, drag to set the desired transition time.
Add a fade to black at the end of each track
  1. Right click on the fold of the transition;
  2. In the context menu "Transition", select the "Edit" item.

Note: If you increase the height of the track and the pointer is over the fold of the transition, you will see the icon of the transition and its duration. By clicking on this long, you can change the keyboard by entering a new time period without editing the transition.

Edit transition
Setting the duration of the transition
  1. Click on the current duration and change it by entering the exact value desired;
  2. Click "OK"

Repeat these steps for the A / V (1) and A / V (2) tracks and then drag background music to the A / V (3) track for example and save your project by pressing Ctrl + S or by the menu option "File / Save the movie."

Note: At first glance, the use of new Studio version editor may appear to take longer than Pinnacle Studio 1-15. But it is not so ... this impression comes from the fact that I was very detailed about procedures and added more screenshots in order to facilitate the handling of the new Studio version.

Do not forget to save the project.

Now it's just a matter of selecting "Make Movie" to create an AVI or MPEG file, and to use it as a general video in another project.


(*) Clopin, your work will not have been lost, and we thank you all.
Tutorial originally published on his personal site, which is now closed. I extend a special thanks to Clopin and his clopinetteries for all that he has brought to the world of video.

Tip/Trick compiled and adapted to new Studio version by Le Papy / translated by Fjones52/fine-tuned by Loosecannon.

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Comments
Frank By # Frank @ Saturday, December 1, 2007 12:03 PM
Nice effect ... Thanks !

sweet By # sweet @ Friday, December 7, 2007 12:11 PM
very,very Good..........................................................................................................

KOen By # KOen @ Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:06 AM
Hello,

I am from the netherlands and I have a question.
I followed the entire tutorial, everything works perfect, only my text won't scroll down! It just stays were it is..
If anybody can pleaaaaase help me, I'm stuck and I really need to get on with my project.

Etienne Kinnaer By # Etienne Kinnaer @ Friday, May 1, 2009 10:20 AM
Hello Koen,
I've just try out the Heroglyph star wars and it works like it should be.
- Wich version of Studio you owns?
- Did you purchased the Heroglyph plugin?
- Did you install the upgrades and or fixes for it?
- A clean up of the hard disk's' can help sometimes.

Etienne Kinnaer

KOen By # KOen @ Saturday, May 2, 2009 4:13 AM
Hello Etienne,

Thanks for your reply but I already found the answer. I am very new to pinnacle studio 12 and I found out through trying that the only thing I had to do was just to press the pionter down in the title and menu screen!
Once I did that it scrolled.
Thanks for your efford,

Koen Kooi

Etienne KINNAER By # Etienne KINNAER @ Sunday, May 3, 2009 12:47 AM
Hi Koen,
Thanks for the feedback.
Hope you enjoy your Studio 12.
Don't hesistate to ask for eventual solutions in case you have questions problems.
Don't forget to ask questions on the dutch forum, there are guys who can help you as well.
Regards,
Etienne Kinnaer
Hi Koen
Bedank voor het antwoord.
Ik hoop dat je plezier aan je Studio 12 beleefd.
Stel je vragen of opmerkingen gerust als je problemen hebt.
Vergeet uw vragen ook niet op het Nederlandse forum te stellen, daar zijn zeker personen die uw probleem ook kennen en kunnen oplossen.
Groeten,
Etienne Kinnaer

Peter By # Peter @ Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:08 AM
Hi Koen or Etienne, I'm stuck at the same place as Koen where I have the title and the moving background but it's not scrolling. What do you mean "press the pointer down in the title and menu screen?" I'm using Studio Ultimate 14. Are scrolling credits possible using the Motion Titler? Thanks in advance.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Friday, July 29, 2011 4:12 PM
Hello Peter,

In the titler, you have an icon to "scroll" the title. Press on this icon, and it will animate your title as you wish.

DV FX

Peter By # Peter @ Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:36 PM
Hi Koen or Etienne, I'm stuck at the same place as Koen where I have the title and the moving background but it's not scrolling. What do you mean "press the pointer down in the title and menu screen?" I'm using Studio Ultimate 14. Are scrolling credits possible using the Motion Titler? Thanks in advance.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:06 PM
Hello Peter,

We already replied to you. Press on the icon to scroll the title. In the titler, click on the icon to animate your title.

DV FX

napshare By # napshare @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:29 PM
How can I install JPsEffects in AVID STUDIO?
When i launch the JPsEffects setup file I get the message error "No known Studio version was selected!" and cannot go ahead.
Can you help me?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:48 AM
Hello Napshare,

According to Le Papy information: "Latest JPs Effects version (1.1.16.2) is installed in Pinnacle Studio 9-15 detected on the computer". Then, for AVID Studio, please use our batch Transplug-Studio-Avid.
If you do not have Pinnacle Studio version, you might need to ask JP directly...

DV FX

napshare By # napshare @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:28 AM
Thanks for your replay.
On my PC I've Avid Studio, but not Studio xx so I'll try to install JPsEffects on another PC with Studio intalled.
Then manually I'll try to follow the command sequence in the TransPlug-Studio-Avid.bat file by copying the JPsEffects files-folders from that PC (Studio xx)into my Pc's corresponding (Avid Studio) folders.
Best regards.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 12:01 PM
It should work. Keep us informed.

DV FX

napshare By # napshare @ Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:23 AM
Hi, unfortunately the attempt was unsuccessful: I have carefully followed all the steps in the batch file, but in the AVID STUDIO's "Add-ons" tab does not appear the "FILTER" item as it appears in the above tutorial's picture.
Can anyone explain me why it happens?
Thanks.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Thursday, March 1, 2012 11:31 AM
Hello napshare,
The "FILTER" is a JPs Effects plug-in. In the tutorial it's written : We will also use ..... a JPs Effects plug-in, Form Transform (0.8) which you can find on the JPs Effects site. You must install JPs Effects in Avid Studio
Best regards,

napshare By # napshare @ Friday, March 2, 2012 6:12 AM
Hi Le Papy,thanks for your answer.
As I explained above, I tryed to install JPsEffects onto Avid Studio, but the installation file doesn't works without Pinnacle Studio installed.
So I tryed to do it manually, as explained above, by copying the JPsEffects files installed on a PC with Pinnacle Studio and then manually following the commands sequence in the TransPlug-Studio-Avid.bat file.
As a result, I got the exact distribution of all the JPsEffects files in the right Avid Studio's folders, but still doesn't works.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Friday, March 2, 2012 8:30 AM
Hello napshare,
JPsEffects must be INSTALLED in Pinnacle Studio, copying files in Avid is not enough (the registry is not updated).

napshare By # napshare @ Friday, March 2, 2012 1:52 PM
OK, this means that I have no way to install the JPsEffects plugin in Avid Studio: sin
Thanks anyway.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:29 PM
Nope, correct... Try to get in touch with JP to see if he can provide something for AVID Studio ?

Sorry for not being able to help more than that.

DV FX

 
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