Simple for some of you I'm sure

withagee wrote on 1/10/2012, 1:17 PM
I purchased this software (VMS HD Plat 11) to create a vid of son's football highlights for starters.

The highlight vid consists of about six minutes of many six to nine sec clips. I've cross faded each clip for a sec and that transition from one to the next nicely. Typically in these highlight reels there is an arrow that appears for a sec pointing to the football player to focus on in each clip.
(Example: )

I would appreciate it if anyone could share a step by step of how this is accomplished. Hopefully, it can be done in VMS. Thanks


Steve Grisetti wrote on 1/10/2012, 2:07 PM
Well, the toughest part is creating the arrow.

You can create an arrow in Photoshop or a similar program. Just create a backgroundless graphic and save it as a transparent GIF or PNG.

If that's too complicate, try using the titler and use one of the Wingding or Webding fonts (which replace letters of the alphabet with graphics). You can usually find an arrow in there.

Then it's as simple as positioning and rotating it to indicate your star player!
richard-amirault wrote on 1/10/2012, 7:48 PM
OR .. use a zero or the letter O .. and a big font. It's not an arrow but it will show where to look.
Markk655 wrote on 1/10/2012, 7:49 PM
Other possible arrow formats are TIFF and png. Many suggest png format. One you have the arrow, add to the timeline on a track above the clip. You will need to keyframe (look up how to tutorial) so that you can move the arrow (or rotate it) to follow your son around.
withagee wrote on 1/11/2012, 11:31 AM
Thank you for the responses. Hopefully, I can work on the project this PM.
amendegw wrote on 1/12/2012, 1:35 PM
VMS has the cookie cutter doesn't it? That's another easy option. About halfway thru the following video, that technique is used.

btw: Sorry about the poor quality, but his was taken about 15 years ago in the days of analog Hi8.


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