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    Question Help with video editing

    Hello everyone!!!

    I'm desesperatly seeking for help since I've tried to naviguate through the couple of tutorials I've found on YouTube and didn't found what I was looking for.
    I've pretty new to video editing but I still have some basic knowledge since I already know the basics in the program that I use : Sony Vegas Pro 8.0.

    I'm trying to incorporate a cool text effect im a video sequence and I think just a simple fade in, fade out text is too ''basic''.

    I don't want to completly hide the background (which is the video) but I want to incorporate the ''animated'' text in the bottom. I don't have a precise example of what I'm looking for but I want something that's horizontally appearing for the right (think of the openings for a movie when you see the names of the people who are starring in the film...).

    Can anyone help me out, please? It would be more than appreciated!

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    Do you mean text which appears at the right hand side and "scolls" across the bottom towards (and off) the left hand side. This is often called a "crawl". Most simple video editing packages can do it.
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    Yes! That's what I mean! In certain movies it seem to crawl fast from the right and then slow down in the middle to continue crawling to the left to dissapear. I was thinking of doing something like that...whith maybe adding something to it, I don't know. But I really don't know how to do it!

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    Don't be daunted: It's a lot more difficult to describe than it is to do.

    Track 2: Your video
    Track 1: we'll use for text.

    With the cursor on track 1, Insert | Text Media.
    In the dialog that appears:
    Change the Length to be the time you want for the whole text sequence (from just before it appears to just after it disappears)
    On the Edit tab, change the Words SAMPLE TEXT to whatever you want and make sure it's all on one line. Don't worry that you can't see all of it. Change Font, Size, Attributes (Bold/italic etc) to suit.

    On the "placement" tab, make sure the cursor in the dialog timeline (at the bottom of the dialog) is hard left and drag the representation of the text to the right so it's just off the representation of the screen. This creates a "Keyframe" - it defines the position of the text at that particular time.

    Now drag the timeline cursor to the far right of the timeline and drag the representation of the text to just beyond the left hand side of the representation of the screen. You've now created a second keyframe. Vegas will calculate the positions of the text for every frame between.

    Close the dialog and play.

    That provides a smooth scroll at a constant speed, but you wanted it to slow in the middle, didn't you.

    Open the generated media again (double-click the little green icon on the top right of the text event on the timeline)

    You COULD add a couple more keyframes along the middle of the timelne and position the text accordingly (eg if your total length is 5 seconds add one at two seconds and another at three seconds and have the text positioned at the middle on both of those - you would then get 2 secs of tect moving to middle, 1 sec of static text, then 2 secs of text moving off screen)

    But there's a possible shortcut to achieving this:

    Right-click on the left hand keyframe marker (the diamond). You will see a number of "curves" that can be applied to keyframes. These affect the way in which the intermediate frames between keyframes are calculated. It's easiest to let you experiment to understand this.

    BUT FOR NOW, just take my word for it: change the left hand keyframe to "SHARP" and you'll get the effect you're after.

    Good luck.
    Tim

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    Thanks so much!!!!
    I worked really well and it's exactly the effect I was looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covergirl9 View Post
    Thanks so much!!!!
    I worked really well and it's exactly the effect I was looking for
    Glad to help.

    Apologies to anyone who you got to see the porn that some joker had posted in this thread. All clear now.
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    I was wondering if you (or anybody) could help me for one little thing more.
    I'm currently saving the video in .AVI format and the original video that I got (before final edit - that I currently doing) is viewed in full format on my computer (and DVD). As of me, I always have those black bars on the top and on the sides and I want them off because the format will be smaller that way and I want full screen. Thanks!!!!!
    Last edited by Covergirl9; 11-05-2009 at 08:07 PM.

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    This sounds like you're mixing up different aspect ratios.

    The key thing is to ensure that you use the same aspect ratio thorughout. Ideally you'll want the same format throughout as well.

    So, if your source material is 16:9 NTSC, make sure your project settings are 16:9 NTSC and use a 16:9 NTSC Widescreen template when creating your avi.

    If you make the project 4:3 but the source and output are 16:9 this is what will happen:
    Your source is 16:9 but your project is 4:3. When you place your clips on the timeline, Vegas will add black bars top & bottom to extend the height - to make it up to 4:3.

    You now have a 4:3 edit on the timeline.

    If you now try to produce a 16:9 avi. Vegas will add black bars to the sides to extend the width.

    If your source and output is 4:3 and your project settigs are 16:9 the same will happen but the side bars will be added first.

    I suspect this is what's happening.

    Project settings are under File | Properties
    (look at the Template field)

    Hope this helps
    Tim

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