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Reproduce the intro from "The Persuaders" ® Series

Reproduce the intro from "The Persuaders" ® Series By gg - Last updated on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Category: Hollywood FX Tutorials / Examples  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Created on Monday, January 5, 2009 2:09 AM
 

We will try to reproduce the introduction from "The Persuaders" ® well known series. This serie being copyrighted, we can not reproduce it exactlly. Keep in mind that you can only use it for your own use only.

It's a perfect start for a retrospective that features two people (for example a wedding). Everyone knows this famous series: humor, suspense, the tone is set. To help you, 4 new transitions have been created specifically to facilitate this creation. This tutorial explains how to use them effectively.

General

The effect is based on 4 transitions to try reproducing the special effects clip for "The Persuaders" ®.

The effect will require the making of 2 Pinnacle projects. The second project is made from the rendering of the first project.

Some transitions require the replacement of images by personal photos using the "Edit Filter". This operation has already been explained in the tutorials by Le Papy and will only be briefly described in this tutorial (see the tutorial "Tuto-5 Creating effects" - Step 2).

The first project link the 4 transitions successively as will be explained below. The result will be an intermediate video clip which will be used in the second project. In this first rendering, there will still be some leftover images. They will be removed in the second project.

Step 1 : Using the first Transition - The red and blue folders rise up
  • Insert 2 video clips of your choice which are the same duration (or almost).
  • Add the "273-amicale1" transition between the 2 clips.
  • Extend the length of the transition so the transition fully covers the duration of the 2 clips.

    Caution : only the first video image of the first clip and last video image of the last clip remain. It's not possible to remove these 2 residual "parasitic" images for the moment, but don't worry about it for now.

    Caution : Do not make the clips too long or too short in order to see the effect run smoothly (neither too fast nor too slow).
Step 2 : Using the second transition - The 2 folders move in parallel

Adding the transition

  • Insert 2 clips of your choice that have the same duration
  • Add the "273-amicale2" transition between the 2 clips
  • Extend the length of the transition so the transition fully covers the duration of the 2 clips. Once again there will be a leftover image just like in Step -1 -

Replacing default images

  • In the credits of "The Persuaders" ® each clip is topped by a photograph. It is therefore necessary to replace the default image from the HFX transition with pictures of your choice.

    By double clicking on the transition on the timeline, the next screen appears.

Access "EasyFxCreator" in transition  "Amicale 2 "

Click the 'Edit' button and the following screen appears:

"EasyFxCreator" Replacing the fixed images on transition "Amicale 2"

Locate the item marked in red (in our screen capture above) to replace the default image (called "REPLACE") with a photo of your choice.

Locate the area marked in blue to replace the default image (here also called "REPLACE") with a photo of your choice.

Warning : The photos should be a BMP or PNG format, and, if possible, not too wide/height ( "EASY FX EDITOR" does not display images that are too large). For more details, see the FAQ "12-Still picture ratio".

For beginners who do not know or do not want to use the "EASY FX EDITOR," you may replace the "273-amicale2" transition with the "273-amicale2-debutant" transition (debutant stands for beginner). There will be no default image.

Step 3 : Using the second transition several times - The 2 folders move in parallel


Repeat Step 3 several times with 2 new clips (2 by 2). As many time as you wish...

Step 4 : Using the third transition - Focus on figure 1 opens a cut newspaper (inside cut)
  • Insert 2 clips of your choice that are the same duration.
  • Add the "273-amicale3" transition between the 2 clips.
  • Extend the length of the transition because the transition must fully cover the duration of the 2 clips. Once again there will be a leftover image just like in Step -1 -
Step 5 : Using the fourth transition - Focus on figure 2 opens on a cut newspaper (External cut)
  • Insert 2 clips of your choice that are the same duration.
  • Add the "273-amicale4" transition between the 2 clips.
  • Extend the length of the transition because the transition must fully cover the duration of the 2 clips. Once again there will be a leftover image just like in Step -1 -

Below is 2 views of our project
The image below shows how the transitions are inserted between clips (storyboard view).
The "273-amicale2" transition is used several times.

The timeline Scenario

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 1x Step 3 2x Step 4 Step 5

The image below shows how the transition lengths have been extended to completely cover (or almost) the video clips (timeline view).


The timeline scenario, longer periods of transition

Step 6 : Rendering of the project

The rendering must be done in the correct format (MPEG2 standard DVD if your capture is done using MPEG, or AVI DV Encoder if you acquire a SD movie, ...) so it is suitable for the next step in the project.

Step 7 : Final project

The second project will be using the first project as the video source.

  • Place the video from the first project on the time line.
  • Razor Cut between the video scenes (a scene includes a complete sequence of a transition from the previous project: Step 1 is the scene 1 with its transition, step 2 scene 2 with its transition, etc.. ...).
      Note: This step may have already been done by the automatic scene detector in Studio.
  • On each clip, cut the scene at the beginning and at the end to remove residual leftover frames. Between each scene, you can add a 2D fade transition if needed.
  • Add music.
  • Render the second project.

Cut the scene at the beginning and the end to remove leftover frames.

Final project - Montage Plan

Fade between scenes Adding text superimposed on the newspaper
Step 8 : Bonus - Improving your video

To improve the result, you can if you want :

- In the first rendering (intermediate rendering) - steps 4 and 5, add text (as the title) superimposed on the newspaper to customize the effect;

- In the first rendering (intermediate rendering) - all except the first step: for each transition you can use an opposition color which is similar to the 1st transition (2 cases red and blue).

Sample, Step 4
The 1st video clip may have a RTFX (color correction) to remove color (saturation zero - gray and white) and to give a red (Red - added gamma red).
The 2nd video clip may have a RTFX (color correction) to remove color (saturation zero - gray and white) and to give a blue (Blue - added gamma blue).

And this is the result, without original music, which is protected by copyright.

Le Papy asked me to replace it with a small verse...
I sing completely off key!

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 3:27 PM
Another one of those great " How To Do Its "
Thanks for all your efforts in the presentation !!

 
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