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Old December 3rd, 2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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Thought Bubbles in Pinnacle 12

Please help!

I want to create some thought bubbles in my video, but I can't figure out how to do it.

Any suggestions (please be detailed as I'm a complete novice at all things video)?

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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:52 AM   #2
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There are many ways to do it. Perhaps one of the better ways would be in After Effects. Using a null object and motion tracking you can have the balloon move with the subject. The "cheap and cheerful" way to do it is just bring a still graphic with an alpha channel into your NLE and composite it on your video layer.

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Old December 4th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion.

I already figured out that I could take a frame from the video, bring it into Photoshop, add my thought bubble, save as a still, and add it to the video.

That works, but everytime I want to show a thought bubble, the entire frame is frozen (naturally, because it's actually a still frame).

That would probably work, but certainly not as well as if I could somehow create the thought bubble and put it on the overlay/title track so only the thought bubble is static and it plays on top of the main video.

So, now the question is, if I create a .bmp file with a transparent background for my thought bubble, will the background still be transparent when I bring it into Studio? Or will it revert to a white background?
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Old December 4th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #4
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I can't help you with the mechanics since I'm not familiar with Pinnacle. That said, if the overlay track is truly an overlay track, you should be able to drop the bubble in there and let the video continue to play at the same time.

You might want to check your documentation to see how best do this. It might also give you some guidelines as to what image format would work best for the bubble. I don't actually know why, but I tend to favor TIFF images over BMPs.
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