Movie Studio Compatible

Tutorials that are compatible with any version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum.

  • Have you Updated your Sony Vegas Software lately ?

    Updating program versions

     

    Sony Creative Software is always releasing new build versions of all their software, so it is important to make sure your version is up to date.

    Vegas Pro 11 and Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 in particular are continually being updated to fix bugs and performance issues and also to add new features. So if you actually own a registered copy of Vegas, DVD Architect Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio, etc.....then you are entitled to download for free any new build versions of the program that may be released during the lifetime of the particular version you own.

    Automatic Updates

    There is an automatic update feature within all versions of Sony Creative Software, which checks for new build versions everytime you boot up a program. If a new free build has been released a pop up window will give you a direct link to the download area at SCS.

    Manually Updating

    Sometimes the automatic update procedure will fail on a computer. This is normally caused by an over zealous virus protector program or web browser which blocks the pop up window from activating. This is why it is a good idea from time to time to manually check for updates. Please watch my video tutorial and I will show you exactly what to do.

    Updating Third Party Plug-ins

    Most people using Vegas Pro or Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 will have some third party plug-ins installed like NewBlueFx or BorixFx. All these pieces of software should also be checked for updates as well.

    Just like with Sony Vegas there should be some automatic tools which check this for you, however New Blue especially can experience some big problems especially with older versions of their software. As an example I discovered the the NewBlue "Check for Updates" link in their software was producing a false reading. Basically saying that no updates are available when there actually was. I show how to get around this problem in the video tutorial as well.

    So remember to check for updates !

     

  • How can I shift grouped media on the timeline without losing my edit positions?

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    Q: How can I shift grouped media on the timeline without losing my edit positions?

    Answer: There is a powerful tool in Vegas Movie Studio and Vegas Pro called the Auto-Ripple Tool, which allows you to shift media without losing the order of your edit and media files ?

    Many times when you are editing projects with lots and lots of different pieces of media on the timeline, it can become a real pain if you need to delete or add a section but still keep everything else in sync and in order. To manually move each piece separately really is a big pain and time waster. Fortunately there is a fantastic tool in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum and Sony Vegas Pro called the Auto Ripple Tool.

    The Auto Ripple Tool effectively places an imaginary "rubber band" around every single piece of media on the timeline. So if you cut a piece out somewhere or add a new piece of media to the timeline, everything in your project will shift accordingly and not loose it's relative place.

    So enough of the convoluted talking and lets see it in action with the following screen shots.

    Special note for Movie Studio Platinum 13 users

    Please read this article here and skip Step 1 - go directly to Step 2 and ignore first instruction.

    Step 1

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    This is what the Auto Ripple Tool icon looks like in the top toolbar.
    If you don't have this icon then you will first have to customize your toolbar and add it in.
    If you do have the icon installed already, go directly to STEP 2.

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    Go to Options - Preferences to customize

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    Find the icon and add it in

    Step 2

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    Press on top of the icon to activate the Auto Ripple Tool - note there are three settings within the tool

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    For my example I am going to add a ten second piece of Text Media at the very beginning of the timeline.
    I will simply drag a Text Template straight from the Media Generators Tab and drop it at Time 00:00:00 on the main Video Layer

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    Because I need to push absolutley EVERYTHING in my project to the right, I am selecting the 3rd Position for the Auto Ripple Tool

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    Job is now done

    One last very important step - Turn the Auto Ripple Tool OFF, otherwise if you forget you will create a huge chaotic mess on the timeline. If you accidently do this, just use "Control Z" to go backwards in time.

     

  • How do I render video in Vegas Movie Studio for DVD Architect Studio?

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    Q: How do I render a video in Vegas Movie Studio suitable for using in DVD Architect Studio ?

    Answer: The best way is to use the pre-prepared templates that are already in Vegas and to do a Manual Render. There are two main ways you can use to make a video suitable for a DVD.

    *Please note that the core instructions in this article will also work for Sony Vegas Pro and DVD Architect Pro users.

    Method One

    The first method I have made a video tutorial for already, where I show how to use the inbuilt "Make Movie" button that is located in the top toolbar of Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 and 10. This is a semi-automated process where Vegas will render your video using an inbuilt template and then send the rendered video directly to DVD Architect Studio 5.0, ready to be turned into a DVD. This should be the easiest way to make a DVD, however if something goes wrong it can create a lot of confusion for a new user because often it is hard to find where your video has ended up on your computer. This normally leads to the new user attempting to re-render the project over and over again, going round and round in circles until you just give up and wish you never started.

    Method Two

    The second method is by far the easiest way in my experience to prepare a video for use in DVD Architect Studio 5.0 or DVD Architect Pro 5.2. Just to make everything absolutely clear, I will now show you with screen shots the full process & workflow from beginning to end.

    Step 1 - Create a New Project in Vegas and set your Project Properties for Making a DVD

    There are actually two ways you can start a New Project in Movie Studio Platinum.

    a) You can use the New Project Wizard which will set your Project Properties to MATCH the Output Properties of your Rendered Video. Which means what you see in the Preview Window is exactly what you will see in the finished rendered video. This is an easy option for brand new users who maybe feeling a little overwhelmed. The instructions for this method start just below here are are labelled: Intructions for Starting a New Project - Method A

    Example: If you are using/importing 1080p HD Video, Movie Studio will make the Preview Window 720x480 or 720x576, the same as what the rendering settings will be at the end.

    b) The 2nd way you can start your DVD project, is to ingnore the New Project Wizard and MATCH the Project Properties exactly to the Video Files you are about to Import into the Project.  The advantage of this method, is that it can make it easier for Movie Studio to play back the video files smoothly during editing, because it doesn't have to change the properties of the video. Setting the video properties for DVD production, can be left until the rendering stage right at the end. The instructions for this method are a little way down the page and will be marked: Intructions for Starting a New Project - Method B

    Example: If you are using/importing 1080p HD Video, Movie Studio will make the Preview Window 1920x1080 during the time you will be editing your project. Only at the end when it comes to the rendering stage, will you then actually select a DVD Template like 720x480 or 720x576.

    Instructions for Starting a New Project - Method A

    Set your Project Properties in Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11. For this example I will be using Version 11, but if you are still using Version 10 you should have no problems following along.

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    make-dvd-2Settings for NTSC users

    make-dvd-3Settings for PAL users

    At this stage you can jump straight to Step Two if you have just used the New Project Wizard shown above. If you skipped using the wizard then you will have to set the Project Properties manually by following Step Two that follows.

    How to manually set and check the Project Properties for making a video suitable for DVD Architect Studio 5.0

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    make-dvd-5Blue Arrow shows NTSC Template and Red Arrow shows PAL Template - both for Widescreen Video Production

    make-dvd-6NTSC Settings

    Make-DVD-7PAL Settings

    make-dvd-8Audio Settings for PAL and NTSC users are exactly the same - always use 48,000Hz for DVD Making

    Instructions for Starting a New Project - Method B

    If you would like to start your project by simply MATCHING the Project Properties to the Video Files you will be using in your project, then do the following.

    Import you Video Files into Movie Studio.

    Press button to open the  Project Properties window.

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    Now press the button that the red arrow is pointing to in screen shot below.

    Navigate to one of the Video Files you just Imported and select it - OK

    The Project Properties will now be matched perfectly, which will give you the smoothest playback in the Preview Window while you are editng.

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    Step 2a - Rendering the Video and Audio Files

    When making a DVD you always render the Video and Audio components separately. The International Standard for making a DVD requires that you use MPEG2 video codec for the Video Component and Dolby Digital AC3 for the Audio Component. So when rendering a video that is going to be sent to DVD Architect Studio 5.0, you have to do TWO separate renders. The most important thing when doing this is to name both files EXACTLY the same and make sure they live in the same folder. The only thing that will be different about them is the file extension.

    Follow the screen shots below to see which templates to choose for your two separate renders.

    Update for Movie Studio Platinum 13 users

    If you are using newer versions of Movie Studio like Movie Studio Platinum 13, the Render As function has been replaced with Make Movie. So to start rendering your video and audio files, go to Make Movie/Save to Hard Drive/Advanced - now you are in a similar Render As window as previous versions of the program.

    To save Project Markers in version 13, you need press triangle next to Render Options to reveal further control settings. The first screen shot below is from version 13 and then all screen shots that follow are from older versions of program.

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    make-dvd-9Press "Render As" icon from toolbar or select it from the Project drop down Menu.

    make-dvd-10Notice that in Version 11 I have selected the "Video Templates Only" filter.

    make-dvd-11Red Arrow shows NTSC Template to select and Blue Arrow shows PAL Template to select.

    make-dvd-12When rendering of Video has finished, just press CLOSE and then prepare to render the Audio file.

    Step 2b - Second Render for Audio file only

    Make sure you de-select "Video Templates Only"

    make-dvd-13Choose Dolby Digital AC-3 Stereo DVD

    make-dvd-14When rendering of Audio file is finished you can select CLOSE.
    You are now finished with Vegas Movie Studio. Remember to Save your Project which just saves the actual project files and does not create any videos.

    Step 3 - Boot up DVD Architect Studio, Create New Project and Set Properties Corrrectly

    Now that you are in DVD Architect Studio 5.0 it is time to Create a New Project with the Wizard, set your Project Properties and tweek a few Preference Settings ready to make your DVD Project.

    Make-DVD-15Start New Project Wizard

    make-dvd-16Settings for a Widescreen NTSC DVD

    Make-DVD-16-5Settings for a Widescreen PAL DVD

    make-dvd-17Now select Properties to get these set properly

    make-dvd-18This is what your Property Settings should look like for NTSC users if you are burning to a Single Sided Disc.
    If you are a PAL user your resolution will say 720x576 (PAL).

    make-dvd-19Go to Options in the top toolbar and select Preferences.

    make-dvd-20If this is the first time you have ever used DVD Architect and you want to make Widescreen DVD's, then you must change the following setting now.

    Step 4 - Importing your Rendered Video from Vegas Movie Studio into DVD Architect Studio 5.0

    make-dvd-22Right-click on top of "Untitled" in the Root Directory for the DVD and select "Insert Media"

    make-dvd-22-5Now I am going to show you the Path to where your Vegas Rendered Videos lives.
    Start in your DOCUMENTS Folder and then follow the next couple of screen shots.

    make-dvd-23Choose which Version of Vegas Movie Studio you are using.

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    make-dvd-25If you used the New Project Wizard in Vegas Movie Studio to start your Project, then you will have these Automatic Folders created for you.

    make-dvd-26Select your Video.mpg file
    You don't have to worry about importing the Audio file because DVD Architect Studio will automatically import and match it up for you.

    make-dvd-28Delete the Broken Green "Link - Most recent menu"
    Then drag your Video file "My DVD Project" onto the Menu 1 screen

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    make-dvd-30Your Disc Root Directory should now look like this.

    This is where this article now ends.
    To learn how to create features within your menu and to burn the actual DVD, I suggest you now watch some of my other Video Tutorials on how to make DVD's.

    If you want to skip to Previewing your DVD and then Burning it right now, then press the "Preview" button in the top toolbar of DVD Arhcitect right now and then press "Make DVD" and follow the prompts to burn your disc.

    All the best :)

    How to make a Basic DVD Part 1 using Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 & DVD Architect Studio 5.0
    How to make a Basic DVD Part 2 using Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 & DVD Architect Studio 5.0
    How to make a DVD with MENUS Part 1 using Sony DVD Architect Studio 5.0
    How to make a DVD with MENUS Part 2 using Sony DVD Architect Studio 5.0
    How to Add Chapter Points to DVD and BluRay Discs using Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 and DVD Architect Studio 5.0

     

  • How to Adjust Extreme Exposure using Layers Masks with Vegas Pro

     

    In this Vegas Pro tutorial, I show how to add Layer Masks and Colour Correction FX to adjust extremes in Exposure Levels for difficult videos.

    Some techniques shown in this tutorial will only work with Vegas Pro, whereas others will work in Vegas Pro and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum. So if you are a Vegas Movie Studio Platinum user, you can still follow along and adapt some of the more advanced techniques using simpler methods.

    Sometimes when you shoot a video, you may find some areas are very overexposed, while other sections of the same video are quite dark and underexposed. In this situation, you can't simply add a basic Brightness & Contrast filter to the entire video, otherwise one area will be corrected but the other areas will look even worse than before you added the FX.

    A great example of this problem is commonly seen in videos shot with a drone camera, that were taken during sunrise or sunset. Areas above the horizon maybe overexposed due to the extreme brightness of the Sun, yet everything else below the horizon line will be dark and in shadow.

    Another example might be a wedding group standing in the shadow of a large tree. If the camera settings are correctly tuned for the shadow area, anyone standing in bright sunlight outside of the shadow zone, is going to be overexposed. If the camera was set correctly for bright sunlight instead, everyone in the shadow zone is going to be underexposed.

    Vegas Pro versus Vegas Movie Studio Platinum

    This is one of those tutorials, where using Vegas Pro is a much better option, because of the included Colour Correction Video Scopes and Masking Tool. Using the Video Scopes in Vegas Pro, you will be able to achieve accurate Brightness & Contrast Levels that are Broadcast Safe. Movie Studio users still have access to very similar Video FX, but lack the Video Scopes, so can only adjust levels by using your own eyes.

    How to Solve Extremes in Exposure Levels

    The basic solution to all the above scenarios, is to clone your videos and create different layer masks for each problem area. Using this technique, you can apply different colour correction effects to different parts of the same video and therefore achieve a more balanced level of exposure for the entire video.

    Three techniques shown in video tutorial

    Example #1 - Use the Masking Tool to cut out irregular shaped areas

    This first method is for Vegas Pro users only and will involve using the Masking tool.

    1. Insert a new Video Track above your original video

    2. Create a Copy of your video only and place above the original video on the new video track. If your video has audio attached to it, press U for Un-Group first, then copy it. This will make sure you only copy the video component.

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    3. Press Event Pan/Crop button on the cloned copy of your video. Next activate the Masking tool in bottom left corner of window and then select the Anchor Creation Tool. Cut out a shape around area of extreme brightness or darkness. Once completed, you can temporarily Mute the bottom video track and see the shape you have just created.

    Also set Mask/Apply to FX  = Yes - in the video tutorial I forgot to mention this!

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    4. Now that a Mask has been created, you can add Colour Correction FX to only the top video "masked area" or the section outside the mask in bottom video. In my example, the masked out section is exposed correctly, so I will leave that untouched. However I will apply Brightness & Contrast to the dark area, by adding this filter to the bottom video only. My example is definitely not perfect here, but the technique shown is what is most important.

    correction mask 1 brightness & contrast

    correction mask 1 corrected

    Example #2 - Use the Cookie Cutter Tool to cut out a basic geometric shaped area

    This second method is more suitable for Vegas Movie Studio Platinum users because they do not have the masking tool and cannot mask out irregular shapes. However they can use the Cookie Cutter tool to mask out simple geometric shapes like a circle or square and then apply feathering to soften the border transition between both layers.

    1. Just like the first method, you will be creating a clone of the original video on a second video track.

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    correction mask 2 cookie cutter beforeBefore correction

    2. Next apply the Cookie Cutter tool to the top video track. In my example I used a circle. So that you can locate, resize and reposition the circle over the section of video that needs correcting, it is a good idea to temporarily turn on the Border for the shape you have chosen. Once you have the shape correctly sized and positioned, turn the border off.

    correction mask 2 cookie cutter controls

    correction mask 2 cookie cutter circleBorder applied to Cookie Cutter

    correction mask 2 cookie cutter afterBorder removed and Brightness & Contrast applied

    Example #3 - Apply a Graduated Layer Mask and Compositing Modes

    The third technique shown is the most advanced, however surprisingly it will work in both Vegas Pro and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum. This is the method best applied to video from a drone, where you have horizontal sections of uneven exposure, ranging from extreme brightness to extreme darkness.

    correction mask 3 preview

    correction mask 3 timeline view

    1. With this technique, you need to insert three video tracks on the timeline.

    2. Place the original video on bottom video track.

    3. Create a Copy of original video and place above on second video track.

    4. Now go to the Media Generators tab, find Colour Gradient and drag the preset Linear Black to Transparent onto the third track that I have labelled adjustment mask.

    5. Adjust Colour Gradient as shown in video tutorial.

    correction mask 3 colour gradient

    6. Go to control box for Video Track 2 and set to Make Compositing Child. This tells the top video track to become the parent controller of track 2.

    7. Go to control box for Video Track 3 (top track) and set the Compositing Mode to Multiply Mask.

    8. Go to Video FX tab and find Mask Generator, then drag Alpha preset onto the top Colour Gradient layer.

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    9. Once you have completed Step 8, you are now ready to adjust the Brightness, Contrast & Colour for the top section of video which is now controlled by Video Track 2 and bottom section of video which is controlled by Video Track 1 (at bottom). In the video tutorial, I applied Brightness & Contrast to the bottom video track, to make it brighter. I also experimented with adding a touch of extra colour to both the bottom track and middle track.

    correction mask 3 brightness & contrast

     

  • How to Animate a Video with Key-Frames using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to animate a video

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to use Key-frames in the Event Pan and Crop Tool, to Zoom in and hold video using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    Understanding what a "keyframe" is and how to use it, is one of the most important things to learn if you want your effects and tools to be continually changing position and settings over time while the video plays.

    So very simply, keyframes "animate" just about all Tools, Fx and Controls in Movie Studio and Vegas Pro.

     

  • How to Apply Lens Flare FX to Video using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Apply Lens Flare Fx to Video

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to use the Lens Flare Effects (Fx) plug-in in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    There is a lot to explain with using this effect, so please watch carefully as I show you which settings to change. Understanding how to use keyframes is very important for mastering this kind of video effect.

     

  • How to Apply Sound Effects using Sony Vegas Movie Studio & Sound Forge

    How to Apply Sound Effects

     

    In this video tutorial I will show you a couple of different ways to add Sound Effects Fx to an audio file in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    Sound Effects can be applied a couple ways in Vegas Movie Studio.

    One way is to apply the effect to an entire Audio Track using the Audio Fx plug-in icon in the track description box. Another way is to apply your Audio Effect to individual parts on the timeline. A third way involves editing your Audio Files in Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio. Only Production Suite users have this ability. 

    If you would like to edit your Audio Files in Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio, first you will have to set your Preferred Audio Editor in Vegas Preferences.

    Here are the instructions:
    Go to OPTIONS on the top toolbar.
    Preferences - Audio Tab - Click BROWSE for Preferred Audio Editor
    Search for C: Drive
    Program Files (86) - Sony - Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 - Audio Studio 100.exe (RED ICON)
    Click OK and your done.

    It might be a good idea also to select OPEN COPY IN AUDIO EDITOR.

     

  • How to Begin a Video with a Transition using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Begin a Video with a Transition

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to place a Transition at the very beginning of a project using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    Normally the only way to add a Transition is to overlap to pieces of Video or Media, and then drag and drop a selected Transition into the gap.

    When there is no overlap, all you have to do is drag the Transition onto the timeline and then position it extremely close to the right or left corner of the video in the timeline. Once the transition is in place, you can then drag the length of time for the transition to last out further of closer together. Watch the video and you will understand very quickly.

     

  • How to Blur Out Someone's Face using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Blur Out Someone's Face

     

    In this video tutorial I show you how to blur someone's face out with the Cookie Cutter Tool and Pixelate Video Fx, using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.

    I will also show how to duplicate a video and create keyframes, so that you can track an object with the blur effect staying over the target.

    Learning this technique is essential for anyone who needs to maintian someone's privacy. You often see this effect being used during news items on the TV where a court order forbids the identity of an individual being made public.

    These instructions will also work for Version 10 of Vegas Movie Studio & Vegas Pro 10 or 11.

     

  • How to Copy Media & FX using Vegas Movie Studio or Vegas Pro

    How to Copy Media and Fx

     

    In this video tutorial I show you how to Copy Media Files and Effects (Fx) from one Vegas project into a new one.

    You can open more than one instance of Vegas at the same time, so this is a very easy and fast way to save time when you want to use the same part of a project in many similar projects.

    This technique will save you heaps of time and works for both Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Paltinum 11 and Sony Vegas Pro 11.

     

  • How to Create & Animate Lower Third Text using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Animate Lower Third Text

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to make a Lower Third Text for a video move on and off the screen with a colour background strip, using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    It's a bit complicated to try and explain just with words, but once you watch the video, you will recognize this technique which is used on the TV quite a bit. Understanding how to use Keyframes and the Event Pan and Crop Tool are essential for completing this effect.

     

  • How to Create a Custom Slideshow using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create a Custom Slideshow

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to create a fully Customised Manual Slideshow of your photographs using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 or 11 or 12.

    You can use the Event Pan/Crop Tool and Key-Frames to create Pans, Zooms and Fades. I also show how to insert Transitions between each photo.

    Follow this link here to an important related tutorial:
    How to use the Slideshow Creator in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10

     

  • How to Create Advanced Text Movement using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create Advanced Text Movement

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to create advanced movement with your Text Media using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    I will teach you how to animate, rotate, flip, zoom, track or spin your Text, using the Event Pan & Crop Tool combined with applying keyframes.

    Some people refer to this type of work as Typography.

     

  • How to Create Custom Window Layouts in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum

    How to Create Custom Window Layouts

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to customize the layout of all the Windows and Tabbed areas in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    Vegas Movie Studio allows you to move all the elements/windows around the workspace to meet your own requirements. You can actually create multiple custom layouts and quickly choose them using shortcuts or from the drop down menus.

    *When you see the term "GUI" it is refering to Graphical User Interface, which is the display window for any software.

     

  • How to create Multi Screen Video FX with Sony Vegas Pro

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    In this Sony Vegas Pro tutorial, I show how to create Multi-Screen Video FX, so you can display many different videos at the same time using different frame size combinations.

    The two main tools we will be using to create Mutli-screen Video FX, are the Track Motion and Event Pan/Crop windows. These controls are also available in Movie Studio Platinum, so Movie Studio users can follow along as well.

    Topics Covered in this Tutorial

    Video Screen Combinations

    Setting up the Timeline and Importing Videos

    Working out Screen Sizes and Proportions

    Creating Example No.1 - 4 Way Split-Screen

    Creating Example No.2  - 2 Way Split-Screen

    Creating Example No.3 - 3 Way Split-Screen

    Video Screen Combinations

    There are no limitations to how many different Video Screen FX combinations you can create with Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio Platinum. Here are the three examples you will learn how to create in this tutorial. Once you learn the techniques I show, you should be able to create whatever you like.

    multi screen video fx 1  multi screen video fx 2  multi screen video fx 3

    Setting up the Timeline and Importing Videos

    If you want to add Multi-Screen Video FX to a large project, you will need to insert plenty of extra video tracks, which will give you the ability to control each video one at a time.

    The quickest way to insert New Video Tracks is to use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Shift + Q

    If you need to add extra Audio Tracks as well, use CTRL + Q

    Often when working with multi-screen videos, you don't use the audio track recorded with each video. So if you don't need audio, you can import just the Video Component onto the timeline. Drag your videos to the timeline by holding down the right mouse button (not left), then when you let go, select Video Only - Add Video Across Time.

    Working out Screen Sizes and Proportions

    Working out the width and height of how big you want your videos to be, makes it easier to accurately position and re-size all your videos. In the video tutorial, all videos used are 1920px x 1080px, so all my calculations are based around a normal 1080p video screen size. If your project is using a different screen size like 1290x720 or 3840x2160, you will have to make some adjustments and use a calculator.

    Example #1 below, consists of two videos wide by two videos high filling the screen, so to work out how wide each video needs to be, all you have to do is divide 1920 / 2, which is 960px. Because the video height is proportional, you do the same calculation and divide the height in half, 1080 / 2 = 540px. If you wanted to fit 4 videos across and 4 videos high, you would divide 1920 / 4 = 480px and height of 1080 / 4 = 270px.

     

    Creating Example No.1 - 4 Way Split-Screen

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    Press the Track Motion button for Track #1

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    It is really important that you take note of which controls for the Track Motion window are turned ON or OFF. If they do not look similar to what you see in the screen shot below, you may have problems re-sizing and positioning the screen.

    multi screen video fx 5

    How to work out Frame Sizes and X, Y co-ordinates ?

    It doesn't matter what size your original source video is, all you have to do is apply some basic maths to get your Frame Sizes and X, Y positions correct.

    For a 4 x way video split, divide the frame width by 2 and divide the frame height by 2, then make sure to write these new numbers down.

    To get the base numbers for your X & Y co-ordinates, for X divide the number you just worked out for frame width by 2 and for Y divide the new frame height by 2.

    If you enter the X, Y, Width & Height calculations directly into the Position controls for each Video Track, you will get exactly what is shown in example #1. After you enter the data for each video track, you can then save each one as a Custom Preset for the Track Motion window and re-use these presets in future projects.

    Calculations for Top Left Video: X = -480, Y = 270, Width = 960, Height = 540

    Calculations for Top Right Video: X = 480, Y = 270, Width = 960, Height = 540

    Calculations for Below Right Video: X = 480, Y = -270, Width = 960, Height = 540

    Calculations for Below Left Video: X = -480, Y = -270, Width = 960, Height = 540

     

    Example No.2  - Two Way Split-Screen

    multi screen video fx 10

    Press the Track Motion button for top video track.

    multi screen video fx 11

    Make sure that movement on the Y-axis is turned ON and X-axis is turned OFF, then drag Video Frame down, until the top edge is sitting perfectly on the center target. A quicker way to do this, is to use the control box and simply enter -540 into the Y axis field. Now both videos have exactly half of the screen to share.

    multi screen video fx 7

    Now press the Event Pan/Crop button inside the top video on timeline.

    Then drag Video Frame up or down to bring focus on what is important, by checking what the Preview Window is showing you.

    multi screen video fx 8

    Next press the Event Pan/Crop button inside the bottom video on timeline.
    Then drag Video Frame up or down to bring focus on what is important. That's it !

    multi screen video fx 9

     

    Creating Example No.3 - 3 Way Split-Screen

    multi screen video fx 12

    Press the Track Motion button for top video track.

    multi screen video fx 13

    Drag Video Frame up, until the top edge is sitting perfectly on the center target. A quicker way to do this, is to use the control box and simply enter 540 into the Y axis field. Now the top video occupies the top half of screen.

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    Now press the Event Pan/Crop button inside the top video on timeline.
    Then drag Video Frame up or down to bring focus on what is important.

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    Next press the Track Motion button for 2nd video. Now we can use one of our newly saved custom Presets from Example #1 - select below left 1/4 1080p and video will automatically fit into bottom left corner.

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    Finally, press Track Motion button for 3rd video, then select below right 1/4 1080p from our custom Presets and video will automatically fit into bottom right corner. That's it ! Now that you know how to use the Track Motion window in combination with the Event Pan/Crop window, you can create an infinite number of Multi-Screen Video FX.

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  • How to Create Picture in Picture Video FX using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create a Picture in Picture

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to place a Video or Picture inside another Video or Picture, using the Track Motion Tool in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    In this example I create two smaller video screens to overlay on top of the main fullscreen video playing. You can add up to 10 Video Layers in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10, so if you need to add more smaller videos with the Track Motion Tool, just create more layers and repeat the process.

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  • How to Create Psychedelic Wavy Text using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create Psychedelic Wavy Text

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to create some different text effects with the Wave plugin and keyframes, using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    There are a many different Video Fx plug-ins you can choose from in Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10. On the surface the actual Video Fx controls and sliders can often look simple or overwhelming to users, depending on your level of experience. The secret to getting the most out of these controls is by using keyframes once again, to animate the special effects. So this tutorial is a greate example to what you can achieve if you combine more than one Video Fx plug-in and then add multiple levels of keyframes. Don't worry if what I just said sounds like an alien language, the video tutorial will demystify my lingo.

     

  • How to Create Rainbow Text using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create Rainbow Text

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to create rainbow text using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    I present 'one' way to create Rainbow Text. If you have Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite version, then you have an extra tool at your disposal which works far better than the method I teach here - you can use the New Blue Titler.

    To create rainbow text you will need to use a program like Microsoft Paint in conjuction with Vegas.

    If you have Adobe Photoshop you can use that exclusively to create your text and then simply import it into Vegas.

     

  • How to Create Side by Side Videos using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create Two Videos Side by Side

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to place TWO Videos side by side on a static background with the Track Motion Tool, using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    By repeating the process that I teach in the video tutorial, you can add another two extra layers so that you end up with four videos in each corner of the screen.

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  • How to Create Split Screen Video using Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    How to Create Split Screen Video Effect

     

    In this video tutorial I show how to create a Split Screen Video Effect with the Event Pan/Crop Tool and Track Motion Tool, using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.

    Learning how to create this effect requires precision and patience. The most important settings are the icons within the Event Pan/Crop and Track Motion Tools. They must be in the exact positions that I show in the video tutorial, othewise the split screen may become distorted or not line up correctly.

    These instructions will also work for any version of Vegas Movie Studio & Vegas Pro 10 or 11.

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