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NewBlue Casts Shadow... By Le Papy - Last updated on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated File(s)
Published on Saturday, February 13, 2016
Created on Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:30 AM

I wouldn't be surprised to hear you say that the NewBlue Video Essentials plugins are not well documented. However, you can find links to the help files in our new " Documentation of NewBlue FX " for each NewBlue Video Essentials effect.

This tutorial is intended to familiarize you with the "Drop Shadow" effect included in Video Essentials IV that comes with Studio 19 Ultimate.

Step 1: Using the Effect

This "Drop Shadow" effect is applied on an object or character with a transparent background. It can be a video shot on a green background or a cropped image recorded with a transparent background, the png format is one example.

When you apply the effect on the object or character, you will have 5 parameter settings at your disposal that allow you to fine tune as follows:

  • Offset sets the distance of the shadow from the object.
  • Angle sets the direction of the shadow from the object.
  • Blur controls the width of the blurring.
  • Color sets the border color.
  • Opacity sets the visibility of the border.

This effect supports keyframes. So you can change your settings, if the object is moving, for greater realism.

Step 2: Adding to the Studio Timeline

You should use two tracks:

  1. On A/V Track(2) for example, place your background clip.

  2. On A/V Track(1), drop the clip with the transparent background using the *.png format.

  3. The Video control for A/V Track(2) is disabled so you can see the image of the balloon better.

  4. The balloon cutout is visible in the preview window. The black areas are transparent and let you see the clip located on A/V Track(2) when the video control for that track is active again.

If you're not able to make a cutout object, you can download the Ballon.png file, in the "Associated File(s)" section at the bottom of this tutorial (right click + Save Target as ... to download the file).

Introducing Studio Timeline
  1. Turn on the video monitoring for A/V Track(2)
  2. Drag the image on A/V Track(1) to adjust its length to that of video on A/V Track(2).

Double-click on the image of the balloon on A/V Track(2) to access the Effects Editor.

The two tracks of the timeline
Step 3: Application of Advanced 2D Editor Effect

For starters, you'll animate and position the balloon in its environment. To do this select the 1 2D-3D 2D Editor Advanced Effect.

  1. Click on 1 2D-3D.
  2. Select the 2D Editor Advanced thumbnail in the ribbon.
  3. Click on the "Expand All Settings" icon.
  4. Turn keyframing on.
  5. You will have a number of parameters to be modified.
  6. Create a keyframe at the beginning of the clip with approximate parameters of 44,2,62,62,0,0,25.
  7. Create a keyframe at the end of the clip with approximate parameters of -31,52,72,72,0,0,25.
Application of Advanced 2D Editor Effect

As you may have noticed in the previous screenshot, the parameters of the 2D Editor Advanced effect include a "Shadow" preset. But this shadow can not be used in this case because it applies to an entire clip, not an object or image cutout. Let's look at an example to understand the use for this setting:

  1. If I had set a shadow over an image ...
  2. The shadow would be applied to the edges of the image.

In this case, if I had applied the shadow on the balloon, the edge of the image was transparent, there would not be any shadow ...

The 2D Advanced editor shadow effect
Step 4 : Applying the Drop Shadow Effect

Without leaving the Effects Editor, add an additional effect on the A/V Track(1) clip.

  1. In Add-ons, select NewBlue Video Essentials IV.
  2. In the ribbon, click Drop Shadow.
  3. As an example, set offset to 50, angle to 190°, blur to 25, color to gray, and opacity to 42.

For the color I chose gray (R=46, G=43 B=30).

Application of Drop Shadow Effect
Step 5: The Screen and Plugin Limits
The plugin does have some limitations. If the object moves off the screen, don't be caught with an offset and angle unsuitable for the situation. The screen and plugin limits

Here's an example of what you can do very easily. If you pay attention, you can see the plugin limits...


{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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

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