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Old January 14th, 2005, 08:20 PM   #166
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Old January 15th, 2005, 07:23 AM   #167
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Need Help With Pixelan Installation

I have Pixelan Spicemaster 2 in my hard drive but it refuses to open up in Vegas 5.0. It says "unsupported format." This despite the installation process ostensibly gone smoothly. I see all the files in the hard drive but I can't access them. What can I do?

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Old January 15th, 2005, 11:04 AM   #168
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Bypassing compositing

Hi all,


Ok so now that the transition thing is done with I think I am left with one tiny problem. I did some compositing on one track but if I had , let say, a text event higher or lower then that one track the compositing will affect that track also.

Is it possible then to bypass the compositing or end the effect of the compositing when the intro is done.

So far I muted the track so I can at least work but that won't do when it comes to rendering the whole thing.

Thanks a bunch guys.
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Old January 15th, 2005, 12:59 PM   #169
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Vegas Top Fifteen Must-Haves by Jeffrey P. Fisher

http://www.jeffreypfisher.addr.com/vegas15.html

In my research I ran across Jeffrey P. Fisher's "Vegas Top Fifteen Must-Haves"

Some of the must have's are ShuttlePro, Ulead Cool 3D Studio, DigitalJuice Editor's Tool Kit 1 & 2, Motion Backs and Backtraxx.

I think this list was complied during the Vegas 4 period. What would be some of YOUR must have's for Vegas 5?
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Old January 15th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #170
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You can use the parent/child compositing buttons to set the 'hierarchy' of the compositing modes. In the video track controls in the left hand column, there are buttons for Make Compositing Parent/Child.

The parent's compositing mode will only affect the children, as far as I can figure out.
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Old January 15th, 2005, 03:41 PM   #171
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Well I'l l be damned .....

Glen you are the saviour of the day .

Works great , right on the mark :)

thanks and hav a great day
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Old January 15th, 2005, 03:49 PM   #172
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Two Versions of One Person Effect

Hi,

I'm not too experienced on using Vegas, but I'm wondering, how do I have the same actor be in the same shot twice without using a blue-screen?

I mean, I'm not going to move the camera, I want to keep the camera in the same place, then have the actor just act the two parts consecutively, so the background is exactly the same.

Is there a way to like, cut out one version of the actor and paste him onto the one shot before? Or like, overlap the footage of both?

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Old January 15th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #173
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Just use a split screen. For example, shoot the video twice - once for each half of the screen. When adding to the timeline, Mask half of the top one so that only the proper half shows allowing the other half on the lower track to show. I have some masking examples in my newsletters but not one that specifically covers this exact situation. In short:

Track 1: Split Screen Generated Media. Add a Sony Mask Generator effect to this media.
Track 2: Left video

Track 2 is to be set as a child to Track 1. Change the Parent Composite Mode to Multiply (Mask)

Track 3: Right Video
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Old January 15th, 2005, 07:28 PM   #174
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what version vegas and is it spicemaster 2.5?? the new one??

also what service pack to u have installed in ur OS??

XP with SP2 can cause many problems
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Old January 15th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #175
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Digital Juice??
hmm.. well to gaet any results using that u need to eitehr convert all the mov files to raw, uncompressed with transparency.. this takes alot of time.. another solution for useing these in vegas was to chroma key they grey..

also why would one need ulead cool 3d, when BluffTitler is faster, easier to use, realtime output in any format, offers particle and liquids, and is probably one of the most underated Titlers out there..??
If ur creating 3d objects, do it properly and use lightwave..

my must haves would have to be..

Pixelan SpiceFilters...
the new noise filter is great way to add lighting effects, step time, step motion etc.. brilliant stuff..

The shake tremor script. dunno who its from though..
mixed with spicemaster step motion and some titles.. hmmm :)
Also any oher script which simplifies the work..

BluffTitler
for animated opengl 3d titling
brilliant stuff

Particle Illusion
pretty obvious

I use digital juice when it actually works for me with chromakeying.. i dont like how V4 or V5 doesnt recoognise its transparency.

a Midi controller
I use a yamaha rs7000 music workstation

a good imagination always helps too..

wish list for version 6.

Bolt on support for realtime output/render using a Hardware accelerator.
Even if its 2 video layer and 1 title layer, thats enough for most wrk.

faster rendering

Metadata on rendered clips, which details affects implemented, slowmotion rates, frame rates etc. This can then be pulled up as a reference for matchin slow mo settings, colour corrections.

a colour change filter click on the colour u wnat to change, and then click on the new colour. Prem and Matrox do this easily...

background rendering

Vegas needs is seconday colour corrector..

faster rendering

a Chromonance and Luma key as found in canopus storm2.. similar to the above, but much more refined.

Consistant slow motion filter, as opposed to slow mo/blending/blur settings being in the project settings...... apply the filter or "slow mo settings" on the clip prior to slowing down.
this allows u to use these settings in other projects.

background rendering

a motion tracking stabiliser.

faster rendering

auto colour match with reference clip. Helps with colour correcting footage from different cameras. Prem has this...

auto white balance. Similar to the above but for white balancing one clip to another.

thats all i can think of now.. theres prolly loads more...
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Old January 15th, 2005, 09:04 PM   #176
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Ticker-style text scroll

How do I do a "news style" text scroll across the bottom of the screen, like you see on CNN or CNBC? I tried a search, but if it has been answered here already I didn't use the right keywords.
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Old January 15th, 2005, 09:33 PM   #177
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Quote:
Vegas needs is seconday colour corrector..
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Vegas 5 does have a secondary color corrector. It's called "Color Corrector (Secondary)". There are a few areas where it can use improvement, but it's fairly powerful.

You can use the secondary color corrector to generate a mask, which makes it a bit more useful. You can soften the mask with any of the various blur filters to create a softer mask with less artifacting and hard edges. Apply the chroma blur filter upstream for a cleaner mask if necessary.
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Old January 15th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #178
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Thanks a lot! That's awesome. I take it I can also cut out the screen in other ways too right? Great... I have a lot to experiment with... thanks for the tip Edward.

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Old January 15th, 2005, 10:12 PM   #179
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Add a text generated media. Type the text all on ONE line. On the position tab set the "Y" position to set the location on the screen. Now for the first keyframe, position the text off the right edge of the screen. On the second keyframe, position the text off the left edge of the screen (making sure the "Y" position does not change)

One thing to make sure, the text generated media has a "Length" that must be changed to the correct amount of time you wish it to scroll. You should set the "length" before you set the last keyframe (or you'll have to move it to the end.)
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Old January 15th, 2005, 10:16 PM   #180
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Yes, there are multiple ways to accomplish this task. This was just one of the easiest ways to describe it.
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