Draw to video

PacoDeCasa wrote on 11/18/2021, 6:37 AM

Any way of drawing directly to video in Vegas?

I miss it in any video editing software, and I'm sure I'd used this feature many many times..

  • Drawing a map for route planning.
  • Select/point to certain objects VERY fast.
  • Draw random items.

This can be done using other apps for draw over map, or you can draw a png and show it using masks in vegas... but.... what about DIRECT draw to footage while playing in real time so a clip is created with that drawing in the timeline??

Is this feature possible?


Illusion wrote on 11/18/2021, 6:55 AM

What you are talking about is Media Generator. VEGAS has a few embedded but not to achieve what you want. Some third party plugin exists for that. I bought this one here: http://www.fbmn-software.com/en/border.html and I use it quite often. It allows to draw rectangles/ellipses/circles directly in Vegas and keyframe animate them as needed. Very useful.

There is also this one to draw various kind of clocks/counters and is free: https://www.hlinke.de/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=en:vegas_pro_ofx

For route animation directly in Vegas, there is this plugin: https://www.vegascreativesoftware.info/us/forum/route-animation-plugin-for-vegas-pro-by-peter-p-with-tutorial--116423/#ca769270

I would like to be able to draw simple objects directly in Vegas but I don't know of such plugin. My solution was to prepare a few of them in advance and save them as PNG with transparent background.

I would like to see what others have to say.

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Dexcon wrote on 11/18/2021, 7:05 AM

@PacoDeCasa  ... if you do a forum search using the keywords of 'map' or 'route animation', you'll find that this issue has been discussed many times over the years.

Any way of drawing directly to video in Vegas?

Answer. Sadly, no.

I use Neon Path in HitFilm Pro for route animation. Some consumer NLEs like Corel VideoStudio and some MAGIX NLEs offer basic route animation but often requiring a tacky car/train/boat icon to lead the animation.

Yes, it can be done by .png overlays using a wipe to track the path (and I used to use that method) but a big problem arises if the route path varies much from an E-W/W-E or S-N/N-S path.

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john-brown wrote on 11/18/2021, 8:17 AM



Magix has the tools to do this but they cannot be used with Vegas.

Magix's other video editing programs, Video Pro X and Movie Edit Pro (Plus/Premium) with the addition of Xara Photo & Graphics Designer or Xara Designer Pro X allow you to open Xara from the nle in animation mode. The video clip is opened in Xara as background and you can draw static and animated graphics, including masking (in other words - rotoscoping). The video advances frame by frame or as determined by the user. Animated graphics are tweened if the parameter is more than single image movements (normal case is 0.5s). Upon exiting, the XAR object is placed on the timeline as a transparent overlay. It can be edited.

It's too bad that Vegas does not have this feature.


Some consumer NLEs like Corel VideoStudio and some MAGIX NLEs offer basic route animation but often requiring a tacky car/train/boat icon to lead the animation.

You are referring to Travel Maps that comes with Video Pro X, Movie Edit Pro and PhotoStory. It is very powerful. You do not need to put a "tacky" car/train/boat icon to lead the animation, just the line. You can use the live maps, OpenStreet Map and ESRI maps (Standard, Topographic, Satellite and Geographic), one of the "tacky" maps supplied by Magix (you can purchase more "tacky" things from Magix), some static image maps, or your own map or image. Below is the Map/Image selection page from the previous version of Travel Maps, and a couple of quick and dirty examples.

You can import a GPX route.

You can see the features of the new version near the top of this page.

The only product that I have seen that can beat this is Vasco da Gama from Motion Studios. I looked at the others that were suggested in Grazie's thread.

Unfortunately, Travel Maps is not sold separately, even though it works as a standalone.

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walter-i. wrote on 11/18/2021, 4:10 PM

The tool of choice for route animation for me is Google Earth Studio - it's a bit time-consuming at first until you get the hang of it.