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Let it snow

Let it snow By gg - Last updated on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Category: Tips & Tricks: proDAD VitaScene Tutorials  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Created on Monday, November 2, 2009 9:49 AM

Several possibilities are offered to bring down the snow on your video. One of them is explained by Le Papy in this "Simulating snow (transition #244)" tutorial. To add a little relief to your purpose, what about being able to simulate a pile of snow that accumulates on your title Titkle Deko ? Demonstration:

In this tutorial, we will use Pinnacle Studio to add the text, but it can be done with any NLE (Non Linear Video Editing software).
STEP 1 - Use of VitaScene plugin in Studio
  • Insert your video on the main video track.
  • Then insert your title "Title Deko" on the title track.
  • Using the small plug that you must be familiar now, add the plugin proDAD Vitascene, then press OK.
  • The following button appears : The button "Edit Vitascene Filter"Click on "Edit Vitascene Filter" to access the settings ofVitascene
Add Vitascene plugin
STEP 2 - Fixed settings of Vitascene
  • Select the transition "Glitter Intense centre Reveal #269". This one is located in the "Glitter Wipes" directory itself located in the "Transition Group #1".
  • Then click the green arrow to apply your transition to your title.
Transition choice
  • WARNING : Before starting parameter changes, check that your cursor (inverted triangle) is positioned on the first keyframe (yellow diamond).
Positionning on first keyframe
  • Replace the default mask by this one. By clicking on the button "Mask-Presets, the list of available masks appear.
  • Select the new mask with a double click of the mouse.
Mask modification
  • Change the setting of the mask to rotate it 90°. By clicking on the button "Customize Mask, the mask settings appear
  • Change the setting "Rotation" in the "Geometry" area and set the value to 90.
Mask setting
  • Modify settings of "Glitter Intense" effect to help make the sparkles more coarse and larger to simulate snow.
  • By clicking on the button "Filters", the effect parameters appear.
    - Lenght = 0
    - Highlight - Treshold = 3
    - Erosion - Treshold = about 20
    - Glow - Intensity = 25
    - Highlight - Intensity = 50
    - Spot - Intensity = 50
    - Spot - Size = 5
  • Tip : with erosion - treshold you can play with the density of snow. This value should be adjusted according to the color of your title "Title Deko".
Filter settings
  • Click the button below to see the results of your settingsCustomize effect button
  • Then you modify the Iris size (mask application) to put snow on your title "Title Deko".
  • The effect is immediately visible on the screen. Keep your lower intact.
  • This value will depend on the positioning of the title "Title Deko". For a title in the middle of the screen, the value will be approximately 50% (here 55%).
Iris control

At this point, you have an idea of your result, once the snow will accumulate on your title. We must now modify keyframes in order to make the settings at the beginning and end of effect different to create the illusion of snow accumulation.

STEP 3 - Keyframes of Vitascene
  • Return on keyframes.
  • First, select the first keyframe (yellow diamond) and using the mouse, slide it to return to the situation 2.
  • Second, reposition the cursor (inverted triangle) at the beginning to return to situation 3.
  • Change the size of the iris, in order to reduce slightly its value, this operation will remove the snow from the title "Title Deko" (here 49%)
Start keyframe
Finally, you're done and you can go back to Studio with this little plug. Studio return
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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:09 AM
This is really great !! Thanks for a great tutorial and the effort of presenentation !

Al By # Al @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:05 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial and right before Christmas too! Thanks again.

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