Digital Juice

gjesion wrote on 7/30/2006, 8:19 AM
I saw the post about the sale on editor's toolkits from Digital Juice. II am interested in purchasing one, must admit that I do not have any idea how these are used in Vegas. I gather that they are in Quicktime format, which seems to be of little use in Vegas. Can anyone enlighten me on the workfow to use an animated lower third or a transition?



DJPadre wrote on 7/30/2006, 8:30 AM
When i was speaking to the DJ distributor here in aus, the isue of Vegas came up (DJ was released a lil mbefore V4.. )

the answer was to only use the "grey" backed overlays and run a chromakey filter. THis is becuase i couldnt use teh juicer on my machine (some issues which i do not know.. even though at teh time i had QT Pro 6 installed (or was it 5.. either way.. )

OK, bring on juicer.. the juicer works ok, what u ned to do is import your MOV and convert to a targa sequence .. now this can be a major hit on ur HDD capacity if ur wanting to a full batch conversion of all the clips...
U can import some backgrounds stright into vegas and tehy will work jsut fine, hoever any video with an overlay will have a grey and white grid... im yet to work out to disable this as THIS area shoudl be teh transparency.. teh only option is to use the juicer..

IMO the databasing system sucks.. they should have just created uncompressed AVIs.. this way there is no bullshit rendering and preparing required.

I love the content, hell i think its prolly the best one on the market. 12 Inch design are OK, but not to DJ standards...
Another option if u want to create ur your, is to grab Particle Illusion... IMO the best 2d Motion and gfx application on the planet..
DJPadre wrote on 7/30/2006, 8:34 AM
oh, as for transitions, to use those gradient animattes, u need to run Vegas in AB edit mode... and run it as a composite..

the lower thirds and overlays can either be chromakeys directly (if they have a grey backing) or can be converted to uncompreesed AVI with transpareny with the juicer
jmeredith wrote on 7/30/2006, 1:14 PM
I pull everything straight off the DVDs directly into Vegas...

For LowerThirds, MDElements, Overlays, etc - insert video track in Vegas, right click on file in track, select Properties, the Media tab and then select the Alpha channel setting that works best for you (usually Straight Unmatted or Premultiplied Dirty)

For LowerThird Mattes or mattes in general, add to track, click the Compositing Mode button and select Multiply Mask

Also, feel free to ask questions on their forum - lots of nice, knowledgeable people there including DJ employees.

Last but not least... if you sign up for a free account, you are also able to take advantage of the free downloads, usually one every week or so and it varies from JumpBacks, MDEs, JuiceDrops, etc

EDIT: Here's a link to the Digital Juice page that explains another way to do things
Using Overlay Mattes w/Vegas
DGates wrote on 7/30/2006, 3:27 PM
Definitely a good deal. DJ makes a solid product. However, they have been a bit wishy-washy with their prices.
Ben1000 wrote on 7/30/2006, 4:17 PM

We use their backgrounds and transitions for the intro of our video podcast. Feel free to take a look:



---------------------------------------------------------- [The "Techno-Debate" Video Podcast]
gjesion wrote on 7/31/2006, 2:58 PM
Thanks for the replies all. I went ahead and ordered one of the editor's toolkits. Looking forward to trying it out.

Jimmy_W wrote on 7/31/2006, 3:07 PM
I don't think you will regret it, Great product and great deals going on now.
TeetimeNC wrote on 7/31/2006, 7:16 PM
Jerry, thanks for posting this. I ordered the sports, wedding II and Toolkit II sets. Great price.

JeffreyPFisher wrote on 8/2/2006, 11:16 AM
Those pesky Transwipes are a little tricky. Try this:

Place outgoing video on its own track.
Set this track's compositing mode to multiply mask.
Create two new tracks below it.
Place the trans wipe on the new track directly below the outgoing video track. Position as needed.
Drag a Video FX > Mask generator > Luminance Mask to the trans wipe.
Make the transwipe track a child to the outgoing video parent.
Place the incoming video in the track below the transwipe and position accordingly.
Add Media generators Solid color white before the transwipe to correspond to the outgoing video otherwise the outgoing video won't show before the wipe.