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Old February 4th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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Can this "lower thirds" effect be done in Vegas?

Matt Tavani, who has a blog dedicated to the Canon TX1 ( ), shot a video entitled "New York City 720p video" and created a cool "lower thirds" effect using a "gaussian blur" band with clear text that tracked across the screen revealing the scene below as it moved. You can see the movie at either one of these two links:

He states in the blog that he used iMovie to create the lower thirds. Does anyone know how I might go about creating the same effect using Vegas 8?

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Old February 4th, 2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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You can do much more complex stuff than that in Vegas.

It looks like they used a combination of keyframing and a top layer with reduced opacity.

You could do this a number of ways. I don't have the key strokes and menus.

3 Layers:
Top Layer: horizonal scrolling text effect as a mask on
Middle Layer: a solid layer with reduced Opacity
Bottom layer: video

I would probably create a single semi-opac layer in Photoshop with the text screened out and keyframe it over the video.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Here's a tutorial that gets you part of the way there.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #4
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Top layer-Text. Track composite mode is Mask
Second layer-video, second track is child to track one
Third layer-same video as on track two, but this one has blur applied.

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