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mannyotr is not online. Last active: 9/22/2007 1:53:52 PM mannyotr
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Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 08:54 AM
Hi PapaJohn,

I have a simple question regarding PIP. I have read through your personal page and a few other places, but I am still a little confused.

I am looking for a way to take a few video clips I have from a recent cruise I took with some friends, and make a 'Love Boat' opening type movie. I have footage of the boat and parts of the boat, and different footage of the people I went with. Now I would love to put it together and have it look similar to the opening scene of the show, just like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icAwcByaNtY

What is my best option for doing this simple effect? And is there a way I can also add the anchor transition effect?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Manny
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 11:56 AM
I'd go with a series of custom image overlays (title animations) for the opening clips... start with my 'Starter Pack' if you haven't done them before.... see my site's Edit Movies > XML - Persian Section > Script Types > Custom Overlays page.

The anchor transition is a commonly used one like the airplane 747 one of Adorage... who does it with two sets of still pix, one a set of alpha masks (tif files) and the other a set of jpg images (100 pix in each... like a set of files for an animated gif)... I've never tried one like it, so you might ask the specialists at the 'Share Your XP Transitions and Effects' forum...

... my website isn't here... it's at www.papajohn.org
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 12:09 PM
This sounds like a fun project... one question, are you on Windows XP or Windows Vista?

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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 03:05 PM
PapaJohn,

Thanks for the feedback! I will post my anchor effect question as your suggested.

I downloaded the Started Pack form your site and I see how it would be easy to do the opening sequence with it. I will play around with it today.


considerate_guy,

I am using WinXP. No Vista yet.
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 03:37 PM
I've never tried to synchronize a moving title overlay with a custom wipe, but that's probably how you would do the anchor transition. Let me try some things out... while you do the other ones.

P.S. I'm moving this thread to the 'Share Your XP Transitions and Effects' forum now...

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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 31 Aug 2007 08:38 PM
I've got something for you:

Love Boat "Anchor" Transition
First, here's a sample video of the Love Boat "Anchor" Transition" so you know what it will look like when you are done. If that looks good, proceed with the following directions.

Step 1 - Create an AddOnTFX folder
If you haven't already, go to the C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared and make a new folder called AddOnTFX. You can do this by right-clicking and choosing 'New Folder'.

Step 2 - Save the Image Files
Go to each of these links, right-click and choose 'Save Picture'. Be sure to save both images into your C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX folder.

Anchornj3.png -- image of the Love Boat Anchor (320x240)
AnchorGradientnp2.png -- gradient image for doing the vertical angled wipe (640x480)

Step 3 - Save the XML code
Open up Notepad (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad)
Copy/paste the following code into Notepad.
Save the file in the C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX folder with a name of AnchorOverlay.xml.

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0">
<Titles>
<TitleDLL guid="{353359C1-39E1-491b-9951-464FD8AB071C}">
<Title name="Anchor Overlay (Moving Up)" iconid="13" comment="Blaine's post #136470" >
<Param name="InternalName" value="TitleStandard"/>
<Param name="Description" value="Overlay moves up screen"/>
<Paragraph>
<Param name="MainEffect" value="EffectInverse"/>
<Param name="EntranceZoom" value="1.0 1.0"/>
<Param name="MainZoom" value="1.0 1.0"/>
<Param name="ExitZoom" value="1.0 1.0"/>
<Param name="FillBitmapFilename" value="AddOnTFX\Anchornj3.png"/>
<Param name="FillBitmapEntrancePosition" value="0.5 1.5"/>
<Param name="FillBitmapExitPosition" value="0.5 -0.5"/>
<Param name="Text" value=" "/>
</Paragraph>
</Title>
</TitleDLL>
</Titles>
<Transitions>
<TransitionDLL guid="{DE75D012-7A65-11D2-8CEA-00A0C9441E20}" comment="DxtJpeg/SMPTE wipes">
<Transition name="Anchor Wipe (Moving Up)" iconid="72" comment="Anchor Wipe moving up">
<Param name="MaskName" value="C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX\AnchorGradientnp2.png" />
</Transition>
</TransitionDLL>
</Transitions>
</TransitionsAndEffects>


Step 4 - Restart Windows Movie Maker
Close the WMM program (if it was running) then start it up again. This will load the new transition and title into the program.

Step 5 - Use the Love Boat Anchor transition and title
1) If you are in a Storyboard view, use Ctrl+T to toggle to a timeline view.
2) Add a couple clips to the timeline.
3) Put the Anchor, Wipe (Moving Up) transition between the two clips. Overlap them more if you want the transition to take longer.
4) Select the start of the transition (second clip) and go to 'Tools' > 'Titles and Credits'
5) Choose to place a 'Title on the selected clip'
6) Click on 'Change the title animation' and pick 'Anchor Overlay (Moving Up)' from the list of one-line titles.
7) Click 'Done'
8) Now on the 'Title Overlay' track, find the added title. Make sure it has the exact same starting/ending points as the transition.

You can repeat this as needed for other transitions. The following Screenshot of Love Boat Anchor transition shows how it should look on your timeline.

Step 6 - Preview then Save your Movie
This step is self-explanatory. And don't forget to say thank-you to the person that helped you with this. Smiley

Blaine
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 01 Sep 2007 03:37 AM
CG did the hard part with that code, and I just did the easier part with a PapaJohn overlay, because I use them all the time... ha ha I did this rather quickly, so the image is a bit rough. But first I made the image of concentric circles to look like a porthole in powerpoint...and saved it as a transparent png. I also made two more by flood filling the outside of two more copies making them blue and red. With two videos side by side on the timeline, you can use the 'split circle soft' transition and it will fit pretty well....on the vid inside the porthole though, I applied a 'square medium' effect to make it a bit smaller. Then when you apply the PapaJohn overlay it pretty much covers the outside edges of the split. So, you can see it approximates the start of the show like this...
LoveBoatOverlayExample

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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 02 Sep 2007 04:34 AM
Hey, what happened to our original poster? I would have assumed he/she might have said something about our efforts so far...

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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 02 Sep 2007 11:39 AM
I don't know, but now I've got the urge to take another cruise, just so I can get some video and use your anchor transition!! And the porthole thing also shows me why it is important to get video that is up close and bold, of people smiling and reacting. LOL
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 19 Sep 2007 11:29 AM
Sorry guys, been out of commission for the last week. Another vacation. =)

Anyway, I will give this all a try this week. You guys rock!!

Will get back to you and let you know about my progress.

Manny
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 19 Sep 2007 04:26 PM
Manny, the link below is to that pic that I made for the porthole. Since I see above that you have PapaJohn's overlays installed, right click on the picture and save it as one of the PJ overlays in the shared folder (c/program files/ movie maker/shared)...such as Overlay2.png ...making sure it is .png format and then when you open up Movie Maker that picture overlay will be in your 'titles and credits' listing. When you overlay it, most of it is transparent....if you use rehan's circle soft split it will put one vid in the circle and the other will remain to the outside...good luck with your project.
PortholeOverlay

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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 19 Sep 2007 11:15 PM
Thanks dickmr. I had actually made my own earlier today. Came out ok, but I will probably try another one.

I put together a small sample of my video. Keep in mind that this is just throwing a few pics and videos together, not the ones I will use in the final video.

Anyway, as you can see, I am having one small issue in transitioning from the rehan's split circle to the first anchor transition. Since both transitions end up pretty much together, I am having a hard time making the anchor transition longer. But the rest of the video, including the rest of the anchor transitions, is coming out good. I'm pretty happy with the outcome so far.

Check it out and tell me what you think....

http://media.putfile.com/cruise-test-1
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 12:28 AM
Great job! I hope CG comes back to this thread to see it. That anchor trans is great stuff. I think your pic is better than mine...your hearts looked better and my handles for opening the porthole didn't serve any good purpose and looked kinda weird....LOL As far as making the anchor transition to be longer....you should make the second vid longer than the first...then when you pull it into the first one with the split transition you can leave more at the end, and that would then be covered by the anchor taking it out. You had a picture there just before the end, so you could easily make it longer. That way you will have a lot more room to put both the anchor trans and the overlay to make it longer. But I think it looked great, and you will have fun putting that all together i'm sure. When you are done you should invite them all over to watch it and have a 'cruise' party... ha ha

I was thinking that you could google the words 'love boat' and get tons of images which you could use. I saw some which would make good titles...and also thought that if you could find a pic of the ship you could put your friends faces in the windows/portholes. There are also lots of pics of the crew....if any of your friends look like them you could put images side by side on a pic...and ask...which one is Gopher?!! You've got the tech stuff down pretty pat, so now have fun being creative!
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 08:23 AM
Thanks man!

We actually ARE having a cruise video watching party! hehe! It's on October 27th, so I have some time to come up with something really cool.

Thanks for all your help guys!!! I am sure everyone is going to love it and it's all thanks to you!

Manny

P.S. - I am about to go search for it, but I figured I'd ask you here just in case: I am going to be burning this video onto DVD's and handing them out to the guys I went on the cruise with, so, what's the best format/settings to save the video so that I preserve as much of the quality as I can? Any tricks to saving a really good quality video?
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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 08:45 AM
Sure, sure, now you are going to have a cruise party...uh huh.....LOL

There are a couple of things to know about keeping the quality up. First, you should definitely save your vid in DV-AVI format out of Movie Maker...it is generally uncompressed video and will retain the original quality...(you should capture in it too).
When you are complete, always SAVE YOUR PROJECT, and then SAVE TO COMPUTER using the DV-AVI. This uncompressed file will be rather huge, but is best for burning...mine won't play well on media player, but looks awesome when I burn it. But, then I also save the file to computer in high quality-ntsc format to keep on my computer or share the file with others, and then delete the DV-AVI one after it is burned. With the project intact, you could always go back and recreate it, if you need it.

The other thing to know (and remember, because I sometimes forget it), is that you should always set the preferences and settings in your dvd authoring software to the highest levels...this will limit the high quality video to about an hour on a dvd, which is seldom a problem. But for those who lower the quality they can fit much more video time on a dvd. Inside your dvd program you should be able to find where the preferences are set...also, don't burn the dvd at a setting that is too fast....and lastly get good blank dvd's that are ranked 'first class' for better quality and likelihood of not making 'coasters'...these include Sony, Maxell, and Verbatim. Good luck and give us a toast at the party! LOL




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Re: Custom PIP Technique for Intro
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 08:52 AM
Excellent! Thanks for the great info!!

I will definitely let you all know how it turns out. And I promise to drink many, many cold beers in your honor! hehe.

I'm sure I'll have a few more questions as I work on making this video. But so far you guys have come through 110%!! Thanks!

M
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