Hi folks! First let me apologize because I am the very definition of a newbie here. I've just begun using Vegas today and was hoping to use it to replace a piece of software called Serif MoviePlus that I've been using for some time. It may help for me to explain my ultimate goal before getting into my specific question...
In short, I use Serif to put together holiday shows that are projected onto my house. Further, the final outcome is a single video projected onto my home that ultimately puts a separate video/still/effect into each window along with very often something on the background (around the windows) as well as effects on window sills and gutters. I can share a link to a video of both the show projected on my home as well as some source video from Serif if that helps, just let me know!
I am trying to use Vegas to do the same things I was doing in Serif. Frankly, I love using Serif as it's functionality is quite perfect for the shows we do however it is incredibly resource intensive and I'd heard Vegas would potentially be a better solution for me. Of course any time you move from one piece of software to another there can be a huge learning curve and I'm suffering from that.
Here is what I'm attempting to do and having difficulty with:
I have two items on the timeline. One is a video and the other is a still image with areas of transparency used as a mask (it is a map of my windows). I have figured out how to make the still a mask and see the video only in that area however the part I am running into difficulty with is that resizing the video to fit within that space (vs. the mask just showing say the upper left corner). I've tried using the pan/zoom feature as well as the track motion feature (picture in picture - I got help from the thread in the sticky here) and I've gotten very close however what I am unable to do is resize the video and ultimately change it's shape. The projector sits at an angle on my property meaning that ultimately, even though every window is of course square, the video projection itself projects the windows in a sort of odd oblong shape because of the angle. I need to be able to essentially corner pin the video by taking each corner and placing it into the space of the mask. This ultimately takes what was a rectangular video and makes it an odd sort of tilted square. I'm sure there's a setting I'm missing but I just can't figure it out.
I was also curious if there was a way to do this (move/resize the video track) in the preview window or to do so with the mask appearing in the resize window vs. essentially moving it around and having to watch the impact of my changes on the preview window behind it. Is there a way to do my edits using the actual entire preview showing everything live at that point in the timeline?
Again thank you so much for any help and apologies for the very obviously newbie question!