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MediaStudio/VideoStudio: Use A Video Sequence File

Postby sjj1805 » Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:12 am

Using a photo editor with a Video File

Note: The Screen shots and procedure is taken from MediaStudio but is almost identical in VideoStudio and should be easy enough for you to workout.

An often overlooked or unknown method exists that enables you to make very powerful modifications to a video. This method is suitable for short clips of a few seconds at a time. It is not as time consuming as you may think because most Photo Editors such as PhotoImpact or Adobe PhotoShop allow you to create macros.

In PhotoImpact macros are termed 'tasks'
In Photoshop macros are termed 'actions'
Different words but have the same meaning - you record a sequence of events such as mouse movements, keystrokes, resizing, cropping and so on.
All that changes is the image/picture that you are working on.

There is an option in MediaStudio or VideoStudio 8 that enables you to output a piece of video as several individual pictures.
Take for example a PAL format video lasting 5 seconds. PAL has 25 frames per second and so 25 x 5 = 125 frames. You output 125 individual images which you can then open with your photo editor.
You then use the powerful functions of your photo editor to make any necessary tweaks or alterations to each (or any) of those individual images and then you convert them back into a video.

The possibilities are endless. You can do things which would otherwise be at best difficult and at worst impossible using a Video Editor Program such as MediaStudio or VideoStudio.

For example:
Blurring an individuals face.
Blurring a number plate on a moving vehicle.
Placing an arrow on screen to follow an object such as a golf ball.
Placing a highlight circle around someone or something as it moves about the screen.

A recent post on the forum asked how it would be possible to reveal a video from behind a set of opening curtains. The sample video in VideoStudio 9 did not have a solid black background due to the effect of some moving spotlights - this made use of chroma key style methods impossible. What was required was to replace that background with a solid colour - and a colour that lent itself to the chroma key process taking into account the remainder of the image that we would wish to keep.

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Step 1.
Open MediaStudio or VideoStudio and start a new project using avi - for best possible quality and also select frame based - because we are going to output to individual images rather than using an interlaced (field based) format.
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Step 2.
Place your video on your timeline
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Step 3.
File | Create | Video File
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select Ulead Image Sequence file from the file type drop down list:
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Step 4.
Click the OPTIONS tab
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Video Editor Tab - Select non square pixel rendering
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General Tab - Frame Based
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Format Tab - Windows Bitmap RGB 24 bit True Color.
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Step 5.
If you now check the directory where you save the image sequence file to, you will see that MediaStudio or VideoStudio has created bitmap images for each frame.
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You will also see one extra file with a uis extension, as I have saved my image file as curtains the filename is curtains.uis

Step 6.
You now use your photo editor program (PhotoImpact, Photoshop, Paintshop pro etc) to enhance or alter your images.

Step 7. - Converting back into a video.
This is the easy one. Using the MediaStudio or VideoStudio insert video command simply point to that uis file where your images are located!
Obviously it is image only - you will have to use the sound from your original video - or add something of your own.

You can even make up your own images from scratch - perhaps to make a cartoon or similar! just create all of your images in a single directory - make sure they are the correct size e.g. for PAL 720x576 pixels.
I would also suggest you name them in the same way as the files created by the above method which have 4 numbers on the end of the common file name.
curtains0000.bmp
curtains0001.bmp
curtains0002.bmp
curtains0003.bmp

A handy utility for naming your files is
The Rename
THE Rename is a program designed to help you to rename files and folders en masse with a number of possibilities and options.
This is a freeware program. You can use it in any situation (professional and personal use)

To convert images into a video
File | Convert | Image Sequence File.
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What this will do is create that uis file for you, you then proceed as per step 7 above.[/img]

Here is a sample image from the curtains sequence after alteration with a photo editor:
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Here is a sample video file as a result of this process:
http://media5.filewind.com/g.php?filepath=1098
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Postby sjj1805 » Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:56 pm

Whilst this tutorial shows you how to create and use a video sequence file, you will find a much better curtain opening sequence created by forum member Ken Lowther here:
Credit where Credit is due!!

Well done Ken - another masterpiece.
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Postby sjj1805 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:23 pm

After creating this tutorial I discovered that VideoStudio Users can also create and import Video Sequence Files. I have amended the original post to reflect this.
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Postby ekaminer » Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:49 am

sjj1805 wrote:After creating this tutorial I discovered that VideoStudio Users can also create and import Video Sequence Files. I have amended the original post to reflect this.


I have VS11. I don't see a Create option.
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Postby Ron P. » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:03 am

It's not real obvious..

You find it under the "Save as" file type option, in the Share>Create Video File. Press the drop-down arrow, and UIS is one of the File Types.
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Postby Deker » Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:27 pm

I have VS11. I don't see a Create option.

Same problem
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Postby Ron P. » Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:30 pm

To create a UIS (Ulead Image Sequence) file:
  1. Go to the Share step, and Create Video File
  2. In the menu that appears, select Custom
  3. The Create Video File dialog window opens. Press the Save as File Type drop-down menu button, and several file types are presented, to include UIS.
  4. Once you have UIS selected, press the Options button, which will open the Video Save Options dialog window.
  5. Go to the Format tab. Pressing the drop-down menu button for Image File Format will list numerous formats that you can use for your UIS file.
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Converting a sequence of images into a video with VideoStudi

Postby sjj1805 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:19 pm

Converting a sequence of images into a video with VideoStudio

Lets us do it with this lot.....
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The folder contains a sequence of 84 images.

1. Open VideoStudio
2. Right click the time line and select "Insert Video"
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3. From the drop down list select Ulead Image Sequence Files
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4. Press the Options button.
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5. Change the frame rate to that of your project:
PAL = 25 frames per second. NTSC you can keep at 30 as this is closest match.

6. Press the select key and navigate to the folder containing your pictures then choose THE FIRST IMAGE of your sequence.
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Notice how it worked out how many frames to import - in the above example 83 frames.

7. Press the OPEN button
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8. Press the OK button
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9. Select the newly created file with a "uis" file extension
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10. Job done.
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