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Boris Graffiti, The Beginning

Boris Graffiti, The Beginning By Le Papy - Last updated on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Category: Boris Graffiti Tutorials  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, August 10, 2008
Created on Saturday, August 2, 2008 10:15 PM

If you have gotten Studio 12 Ultimate, you must add the Boris Graffiti plug-in included in the video effects. Graffiti is more than just a titler. Obviously it can make static and animated titles of all types, both 2D and 3D, but it can also add filters, film that burns, writing styles like Star Wars, ripple effects, spirals, ... In short, many things.
It comes with a library of ready-made effects that you can set any way you desire. To grasp it all at first is a little tricky, especially if you, out of curiosity, inadvertently click on the "Advanced mode" button. Do not be afraid, we'll get there eventually.
To begin with, I attempt to make one very simple thing: a title. But in a somewhat sophisticated way.
So if you're ready, let's go!

Step 1 : Creating a title from an existing model

In Studio 12, you select a clip on the timeline and you apply the video effect "Boris Graffiti." Using Boris Graffiti effects
You click the button to edit Boris Graffiti. Editing Boris Grafitti
The Boris Graffiti window opens and you select, in the left column, a series and a class effect from the library.
Then in the right column you select one of the effects in this category.
Simplified Boris Graffiti parameters window

For example, I have chosen the ' Fade Etc " series in the category" Animated text in ".
Then in the right column I chose the "Fade in smooth" effect.
The category "Animated text in", as its name suggests, shows an active displayed progressively. In this regard, the title begins to appear on the left and displayed progressively to the right.

Then you enter your text in the marked area. I entered " La neige est arrivée" (The snow has arrived)
You then click the "Insert Text." button. If you click on "Apply" you save your edits and you will find them in Studio 12.
Typing a text into Boris FX Graffiti
And then you see that blue light is not at all on the snow, look here and see for yourself.

Step 2 : Modifying an existing model

You must therefore move to the advanced mode to change the attributes of the text. Entering Advanced mode in Boris Graffiti window
You will now see the "advanced" interface with its 4 windows and you will also see below, a portion of the display window for Studio 12. You do a double-click on the "Face" track.
Observe closely the Text window with its 5 tabs, color picker and its color bar.
Advanced mode - Window
You click on the "Color" (3rd from the top). You select the entire text with the mouse. With the color picker, you select a dark blue from the color bar. The text immediately takes on the color you have successfully applied. Modification of a text color
The selected text is either the default font or the last font used.
With the tab "T" selected, you see that we are at " Arial Black." We will change this to "Batavia".
Modifying the font into Boris Graffiti
You can see the font change in this screenshot. Now you are going to change the font size by clicking on "48". We were 48, we'll move to 36. Modifying the font size
So, if the effect is the way you like it, you click on "Apply". Your effect will be saved and you will find it in Studio 12.

Step 3 : To upgrade an existing effect
But if you are a little more demanding, this effect might be a little dull. So I suggest we add a little something more.
You then click on "Edit Boris Graffiti" to edit Boris Graffiti again. By clicking on "Advanced Mode", you'll find you're deafulted to Batavia 36, dark blue.
So to be alittle more imaginative, you are going to do a double-click on the "Face" track (3rd track in the window tracks). It must now be selected and colored as a light blue. It has opened a new Text window. We will use the range of styles available to us. You click on "Style palette to open the window styles palette. In this window you click the button circled in red to select a range of styles. I chose "08 bevel borders.B2d."

You select the entire text with the mouse. By clicking on the style in red box, your text will automatically have the attributes of the chosen style. Boris Graffiti styles

Note: I have not attempted to make great art by choosing this style, I will leave this up to you… I simply attempted to use colors clearly visible for my tutorial…

You will notice immediately that when the text is selected in the text window, its color does not reflect the change.
In addition, in the text window, taking the text font, size and color but not 3D attributes.
But against take notice that in the "Composite" (or preview) the text already has all the attributes. In the display window of Studio 12, we are still light blue because we have not yet clicked on "Apply".
Text color in Boris Graffiti

As it is an incoming text, you will not yet see it in the composite window: it's necessary to start the video with the buttons just below the composite window to see the effect animate. In the screenshot, you can see the cursor time of the composite window is substantially in the middle of the duration of the effect.
So if you like your effect, that's enough for today. Exit Boris Graffiti
You click on "Apply". Your effect will be saved and you will find it in Studio 12 for you to admire your work and continue your editing.

It is rather easy to grasp, isn't it?

In the next tutorial we will continue to move forward together: I promise!

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Wednesday, November 5, 2008 2:00 PM
Excellent Tutorials !! Congratulation on your Tutorials being mentioned in the November Boris Graffiti News !!

Party316 By # Party316 @ Thursday, November 6, 2008 11:34 AM
But doesnt Pinnacle already do that?
I want to see what makes Boris FX unique in Pinnacle.
I'd also like to see more support for Pinnacle in the newsletters.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Friday, November 7, 2008 4:13 AM
@ Gert: thanks for the information, we also see the article in November Boris News !!! That's great....

@ Party316: this is a "beginner tutorial", which explain basic principle. You can do much more than this with Boris Graffiti, and of course, we will add other tutorials with advanced possibilities. We have to begin "slowly" so everybody can learn smoothly how to use Boris. Have you had a look to latest tutorial ?


Philip de Langis By # Philip de Langis @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 6:11 PM
Fantasticly done. great talant. Three photos missing. the two where apply is indicated causes problems since I'm new to BG. Can these be downloaded?

saby By # saby @ Thursday, November 5, 2009 11:38 AM
Hello Philip.

There's no photos in the tutorial. This is a clip taken from a personal family video.
You can put any video with a bright background on the video track in Studio and you'll get the same effect.

Patricia Mason By # Patricia Mason @ Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:31 PM
I followed your instructions on how to load Boris Graffitti from the PS 12 bonus disc. It loaded into Pinncle but it is locked. How can I unlock it? This is very frustrating. I just re-imaged my computer so there was no previous version of Boris on the computer. I entered to destination directory as instructed, opened the file then hit the transfer from PS 15 as you instructed but the program is locked.


How much would it cost to but an activation key to avoid this hassel in the future if I can't fix this. I looked for the purchase site on your website but couldn't find it.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:46 PM
Helo Pat,
Look at this news "Is it possible to install Boris Graffiti on Studio (AVID or Pinnacle) ?" you have all the answers.
Best regards

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