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Use and Customization of 125 Lower Thirds by ESF

Use and Customization of 125 Lower Thirds by ESF By Le Papy - Last updated on Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Category: Boris Graffiti Tutorials, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, November 7, 2015
Created on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:11 PM

If you've purchased the Boris Graffiti V6.6 plugin that comes with 125 Lower Thirds produced by Eye Scream Factory (ESF), you now have to learn how to make the most of them. In the "Boris Graffiti 64-bit Plugin is Hard to Find Online" tutorial I explained how to get them and how to install them on your computer. This tutorial will now show you how to adapt them for your own use using the Boris Graffiti V6.6 64 bit plugin.

Incidentally, you can see all our old tutorials made with the old Boris Graffiti interface. The screenshots are different but the main principles governing the use of objects, tracks, key frames, and other parameters remains valid.

Step 1: Integration of Eye Scream Factory Effects (ESF) into a Clip

Eye Scream Factory files (ESF) are *.axp files. They are not directly useable by Studio and can not be dragged directly onto the time line. They are intended to be applied by dragging and dropping them on a clip on the timeline.


  1. In the Studio library, select the Lower Third Collection tab (See the tutorial "[ARTICLELINK 1906]").
  2. Select the desired effect from the collection.
  3. Drag the effect on a clip already on the timeline.
Applying a Lower Third filed effect on a clip on the timeline
  1. You are always in the Collections: Lower Thirds tab.
  2. The effect remains selected.
  3. The clip with the applied effect is marked with a magenta line along the top edge. Double clicking the clip will open the effects editor that lets you customize the selected effect.
The clip affected by the effect is marked with a magenta line on the top edge
Step 2: Simple Modification of an Eye Scream Factory Effect (ESF)

The effects editor opens with the applied effect.

  1. The default setting is displayed.
  2. The Open button lets you open the basic Boris Graffiti 64 bit plugin window to customize the effect.

Note that the 32 bit Boris Graffiti plugin does not accept the *.axp files.

The effects editor opens with the applied effect and its default setting

The simplified Boris Graffiti plugin window appears:

  1. The result of applying the ESF effect with its default setting in the viewing window.

  2. The default text of the ESF effect.

This effect includes two lines of text. The first line "EYE SCREAM FACTORY" is separated from the second line "LORUM IPSUM" by a tab character.

Note that you can not add a third line by inserting a second tab character at the end of the second line.

The simplified Boris Graffiti plugin window
  1. You can change the default text:
    • by selecting each line separately and replacing the selected text with your own text .....OR
    • by selecting all the text and typing the text for your first line, a tab, then the text for your second line.
  2. Finish your entry by clicking the Insert Text button.
  3. Click the Preview button.
  4. View the change in the viewing window.
  5. If you are satisfied with your work, click the Apply button to apply the modified effect to the clip and return to the effects editor interface.
  6. But if you want to add more customization, click the Advanced Mode button.
Changing the text in the simplified plugin Boris Graffiti window
Step 3 : Advanced Editing of an Eye Scream Factory (ESF) Effect

The advanced mode interface consists of several windows (Text, Controls, TimeLine, Composite...). Each window is floating and can be closed, resized or moved. So don't rely on the arrangement of windows on the screen shots in this tutorial because I have changed the size and position of windows to suit the needs of this tutorial.

  1. To change the attributes of the first text track (A LOVELY BOY), expand the  "A LOVELY BOY" track by clicking on the small triangle for the "A LOVELY BOY" text so as to see the associated tracks of the "A LOVELY BOY " track: the "Face" track and the "Text" track. Select the text track.
  2. Select all the text in the Text window.
  3. By opening the 5 tabs in turn you have access to all the text settings ...
Advanced Edit of the text settings.

The brown and yellow bands located at the bottom of the effect are supported by two spline objects fulfilled by gradients.

  1. To change the color of the gradient for the first spline object (brown), select the first spline track to reveal it and select the Spline 1 Object sub track.
  2. If you want to edit the color of the gradient of the second spline object (yellow), select the second spline Object 1 track to reveal it and select the corresponding Spline Object sub track.
  3. Select the Fill tab in the Controls window.
  4. Click on the color of the gradient to change and open the Gradient Editor.
Advanced color Editing of a Spline Object

Opening the Gradient Editor allows you to edit all the gradient settings.

  1.  Each of the two colors used is indicated by a colored cursor that you can move to adjust the mix of colors.
  2. You can change the color of a selected cursor.
  3. You can choose the type of gradient.
  4. You can change the angle of the gradient.
  5. You can create color animations ...
  6. You can save your custom gradient.
  7. Or load another previously saved gradient.
  8. If you're happy with your settings, click OK to return to the main interface of Boris Graffiti.
The Gradient Editor allows you to edit all settings of the degraded.

You can even change the shape of a spline object ...

  1. Select the track of the Spline object to modify.
  2. Open the Animation tab.
  3. Change the X and Y sensitivity parameters.
  4. View the results of your changes.
Changing the shape of a Spline objects.
Step 4 : Saving your Modified Effect
  1. By clicking on the Save Changes option, your modified effect will be saved in the desired location. If this effect has not yet been saved, the plugin will ask you where you want to save it. If the effect has already been saved, the changes will automatically replace the old effect with the same name.
  2. Ctrl + S is the keyboard shortcut.
Saving the modified effect

Boris Graffiti 6.6 library is located by default in:

C:\Program Files\Boris FX, Inc\Keyframe Libraries 6\Graffiti 6 Keyframe Library.

  1. I advise you to create a new personal folder
  2. I created my own ...
  3. Open your personal folder
Recording the effect in a personal folder
  1. The effect will be saved in your personal folder.
  2. You can change the default name. But the file extension will be a *.grf extension directly editable by Boris Graffiti.
  3. Click on the Save button and your effect will be saved in your personal folder, accessible from the Boris Graffiti library for using another time.
Recording the effect
Step 5 : Bonus Addition of a Third Line

If you want to add a third line of text, you need to add a third text track from the interface in the Advanced mode.

The simplest way is to :

  • copy the track of the first line of text.
  • paste the text below the other text tracks
  • change the text of the track
  • adjust the X and Y position coordinates.

To better integrate all these changes, watch the video below and follow the mouse cursor. At the end of this video, a third line of text is added to the effect.

Your turn to play... cool

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 12 by TechSmith}

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