If you have not already done so please view the article a little earlier in this thread Decoration
I have already in that article explained how to create the additional overlay tracks
With the overlay track manager.
You are also advised to view this short video demonstration:
Multi Track Editing
Other items included within that article include use of the chroma key function
Use of Decorative objects, The TV safe area, How higher numbered tracks appear in front of lower numbered tracks.
What I now propose to do is look at the use of overlay tracks in a bit more depth.
Limitations of the overlay track
1. You cannot cut a clip in two in the overlay track with versions of VideoStudio earlier than 11+
2. You cannot add transitions between two adjacent clips in the overlay track
3. You cannot make a transition from the video track to the overlay track or vice versa.
No need to fret over these limitations, like everything else, the Users of this forum have found various work rounds for most things.
Firstly we have this link
VS10 PLUS :Cross-Fade Transition in Video Overlay Tracks
This contains a power point style animated tutorial by Vidoman.
Then we have another method here:
Project Files in the Overlay Track
We also have a few practical examples here:
VideoStudio Smart Compositions
Another example of using the overlay tracks is again provided by blplhp here:
Procedures for a Split Screen Effect in VS10+
Similar to this rguthrie has provided us with VS9: How to create a split-screen effect
Another variation is my own tutorial VS 9: Moving Path Tutorial
Another important use of the overlay tracks is lower thirds ¡V extensively used by TV News Stations to provide scrolling story lines in the bottom part of the video. Vidoman has written a suite of PowerPoint style animated presentations here:
PI, Cool3D PS, VS10 +: Creating Lower Thirds
There are two main methods of using the overlay track to display your video. There is hardly any difference in how we create these effects.
In fact all we do differently is to either use a video on the video track to achieve a PIP or alternatively use a colour clip (normally black) on the video track to achieve a split screen.
1. Picture in Picture (PIP)
These are often seen in sports videos where you get a close up of a piece of the action, or a view from another angle. You could use this method to display a map in a corner of the screen, or you could be using it for a close up or instant replay.
Here is an example of a picture in picture
To see how I created this circular PIP please view:
Creating a circular PIP with clock transition
The above example is a bit complex because I have inserted a transition and also made the PIP circular. Normally you would simply insert a video onto an overlay track and accept the default oblong shape. You can choose to have the PIP with or without a border.
2. Split screen.
This is a popular effect seen in programs like "24" with Kiefer Sutherland who plays Jack Bauer. Again you can do this with or without a border
For an interesting variation to the above, rather than a solid black background on the video track you could instead use a still image.
In this example I created a picture of the corner of a room and then placed a video on the left of the screen and a slide show on the right of the screen. to complete the effect I placed an image across the bottom of the screen depicting the back of a settee facing the wall.
I used the distort feature to make the two screens appear to be projections onto the two walls forming the corner of the 'room.'
(You can view this video on You Tube)
I will now describe how to do the above distorted split screen as it will describe how to use overlay tracks.
First step is to open up a few more overlay tracks using the overlay track manager:
Now add the required number of overlay tracks for your project by ticking the box(es) in the left hand column
When you drag a video onto an overlay track the videos are stacked one on top of another, like stacking books on top of each other on a table.
In the same way that only the book at the top of the pile is visible, unless of course it is smaller than those below in which case you would be able to see the uncovered part(s), the same applies to the videos on your video tracks.
Therefore if you decide to use overlay videos that move across the screen
the video on the highest numbered overlay track will pass in front of those on lower numbered overlay tracks.
When you drag a video onto an overlay track it is by default set to 1/4 the size of the preview screen and also in the centre.
Move your mouse over the image in the preview screen then hold down your left mouse button and you can drag the image about the screen.
Here I have moved the image to the top left corner
You will now see that by dragging further copies of that clip down onto the next 3 overlay tracks, I can drag them into the other 3 corners of the screen
In versions of VideoStudio prior to 11+ Not all of the overlay tracks may be visible and so you have to use the scroll bar at the right hand edge of the timeline.
VideoStudio 11+ Users have an option that enables them to display all of the overlay tracks at once to make editing easier.
To select a clip to work with you must click the clip. You will see the currently selected clip is outlined on the preview window
You will see that the currently selected clip has 8 yellow boxes, These are termed resize handles.
Grab a handle by moving your mouse pointer over one of the yellow boxes and then holding down your left mouse button you can drag the handle. When you let go your clip will be made larger or small as desired.
You can distort the image by dragging the distort handles located in the 4 corners of the clip
Compare these two images:
and you will notice that the overlay on the left suddenly appears/disappears but the one on the right fades in/out
This is because with the one on the right on the attribute tab I have clicked the fade in/out buttons (2 & 3 in the below screen shot)
Buttons 1 & 4 will cause an overlay to spin in/out
For a more detailed explanation concerning this effect please view
Using a Cross-Fade Transition in an Overlay Video Track
Enter the screen / pause / exit
You will also note the direction buttons that control how a clip will enter / leave; here is an example of something coming in from the top left corner and leaving at the bottom right corner
You will see that there are 3 phases, Enter, Pause and Exit.
You alter the duration of each phrase by moving the trim handles below the preview screen.
Anchor the video 'oxo' style
You can quickly position your overlay clip in one of 9 OXO style positions by right clicking it on the preview screen
You can also display grid lines on the preview screen to enable you to position your overlay clips more accurately.
You can alter the number of grid lines by clicking the grid line options button.
Notice that we you right click the overlay video on the preview screen you get further options to quickly resize your clip to fit the screen, return it to the original size, reset a distorted clip etc.
When you view your video on a computer screen you will see all of the Video just as you created it. However Television screens will crop of the borders of the video due to the way televisions work. To make sure that you do not lose the tops of peoples heads, or to prevent your text falling off he edges of the screen, you must observe the TV safe area.
Trimming Overlay clips
With VideoStudio 11+
You can trim a clip in the Overlay Track like the way you trim a clip in the Video Track. To cut clips in the Video and Overlay Tracks all at once, select Project as the Play mode and then drag the slider to the part you want to cut. Click the scissors button.
Zoom in for greater accuracy by right clicking the timeline ruler and selecting one of the options available. This will enable you to get all of the overlay track clips exactly the same length so that they will appear/disappear as a group.
You then remove the unwanted portion by selecting it with your mouse and pressing the [Delete] key.
With Earlier versions of VideoStudio you cannot cut clips on an overlay track and so you must first place them one the video track, make the cut, delete the unwanted bit then drag the part you wish to retain into position on your overlay.
To give the effect of a group of overlay tracks appearing/disappearing together, the easiest way to do this is to place your first overlay clip on the video track and trim as required. Drag it down to the first overlay track and now use that as a guide for trimming the other clips which must now be placed, one at a time, onto the video track, cut and then dragged into position.