video overlay track ideas?

tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 6:51 AM
I would like to use the forum to explore some of the features or “neat” ideas others may have. After using Movie Blaster & Vegas Studio for 2 years now I feel I have hit the wall – I need some new ideas. The home movies are good so far but I think there is more that can be done.

Anyone want to do discuss using the video overlay track to do “neat” things? I have never used it and it must be able to be used to create some nice effect.



Steve Grisetti wrote on 1/6/2005, 7:06 AM
Well, split screen and picture-in-picture effects are an obvious place to start. Likewise, chromakey.
tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 7:33 AM
What is chromakey?
tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 7:34 AM
Has anyone written a Sony Movie Studio book? like the old "Tips & Tricks" series for other products?

Here is a book that is not avaliable yet:
Steve Grisetti wrote on 1/6/2005, 9:01 AM
Chromaky is designating one color on your upper track as transparent so that everything the color reveals the lower track. What that basically means is that, if you add a video of you standing in front of green wall on the upper track and a video of the Grand Canyon on the lower track and you designate the green of that wall as transparent -- it will make it appear you are standing in front of the Grand Canyon!

The most common example of chromakey is the way the local news makes the weatherman look like he's standing in front of a huge weather map.

It's a fun tool. Definitely play with it.
gogiants wrote on 1/6/2005, 9:52 AM
This web page ( says the book will be available April 1, 2005. I'll buy it!

There was a good discussion of multiple video tracks in this thread:

tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 9:56 AM
Thanks for the info on the book and the thread info... I'm check it out!
ChristerTX wrote on 1/6/2005, 10:50 AM
I use this as follows:

I film my daughers marching band. I also shoot some other shots such as parents in the stands, players on the side line watching the half time show etc etc.

When I edit the movie, I put some of those shots on the overlay track. I take away the sound of those shots and the result is that you see a parent watching the half time show and the sound track of the actual perfomance is playing.
No one will ever notice that the shot of the parent was not taken while the actual perfomance was done.

This is a great way to add some variety to your shots.

tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 11:01 AM

On the overlay track you set some transparency level? or is it not necessary?
ChristerTX wrote on 1/6/2005, 11:27 AM
You can do it if you want but I'm not using it for what I'm describing here.
Anything on the overlay track will just replace what is on the main track for the duration of the clip.
If you want the transition smoother you can fade in and out by grabbing the corner of the overlay clip to create a fade.

Try it out.

Cheers / Christer

Steve Grisetti wrote on 1/6/2005, 1:37 PM
What Christer has described is known as an L-cut or a cutaway, and it's a very powerful tool for the video editor.

It means basically that you use the sound of one clip as a continuity (and it may be a performance, a wedding or someone speaking) as you cut to video of people reacting of visuals to support the soundtrack.

Having two soundtracks makes that trick easy because the visuals you add to the upper layer don't affect what goes on on the lowe layer, where your sound is being drawn from.

The only way to pull that off with a single video track is to break the audio from the video and cut away and replace part of the video -- and then pray you can sync the video and audio back up when you come back to the original video at the end of the clip!
tceaves wrote on 1/6/2005, 1:57 PM
Cool... I have done that with video & photos but never with two video clips. Great suggestion.
tceaves wrote on 1/8/2005, 10:52 PM

Thanks for the info on Chromaky!!! I tried it today and that is really cool trick.

I took my son to a Monster truck show and the arena had a green screen setup so I sat him in front of it and started snapping photos... you should have seen the looks we got. But I bet I'm the ony guy there that has there son in the frame with a Monster truck 20 ro so feet the air.

This is great! VMS rocks! can't wait for that book to come out in April.