For those of us that do not have MSP 7, with CG Infinity and Paint, or Video Graphics Lab, and want an animated background for an intro or a teaser, here is a work around.
- [/b] Open a new project in Video Studio, with your project settings to match whatever your video is going to be, (DV-AVI, or MPEG).
- [/b] Go to the Color Library, select and drag-n-drop a Color Clip onto the timeline of the Storyboard.
- [/b]Now the fun starts. In your Library Panel, click on the drop down menu and select Video Filter, to open the Filters Library. The first filter we will apply will be the Cloud Filter. Scroll down to the Cloud Filter and drag it to the Color Clip on the timeline.
- [/b] Make Sure you have the Replace Last Filter box Unchecked.
- [/b] Now we are going to customize the filter. Click on the Preset Drop-Down and select a preset. I chose the preset located 3rd down and 3rd across from the top left.
- [/b]Click on the Customize Filter Icon. This will open the customize dialog box, with several ways to customize the filter, and a timeline where Keyframes can be added. In order to customize the filter, it must be done on a Keyframe.
1= Timeline & Keyframes. To further customize the filter, add keyframes to the timeline. When you are on a Keyframe the options are available, otherwise they are disabled(greyed out).
2= Basic & Advanced Panels On these panels you can alter the density, size, variation, opacity and more. Be creative, use your imagination to come up with some neat looking filter effects.
- [/b] Let add another filter, the Lens Flare filter. Go back to the Filter Library, and drag the Lens Flare to your color clip. Just like the cloud filter, this filter there are several presets, and they can be further customized.
- [/b]After you have the Lens Flare customized, Add the Star Filter. Unlike the Lens Flare, you can add or delete stars.
- [/b]We are going to add yet one more filter, the Kaleidoscope Filter. Drag this filter to your color clip on the timeline. Then click on the preset drop-down to select one. After you have a preset selected, you can also customize it. However I not doing so at this time. The preset I chose is highlighted with the green box. This produced a blossoming effect.
- [/b]Now preview your animated background. You may want to make some changes, like changing the order. Moving the Kaleidoscope filter up provides a different result.
- [/b] Now you have an animated background. You can save this project and change it later for different videos. As I stated at the start of the tutorial, this is good for intros and teasers, which generally are less then 1 minute long. To use the animated background, place your video in the overlay track. Your video should already have the transitions added. You can place a border around it, and fade it in and out.
- [/b] Set the length of your animated background to match your video by either dragging it in the timeline, or by typing it in the timebox.
- [/b] Now just add a black color clip to the beginning and end of your project. Place a Crossfade transition between the first two clips and a fade to black between the last two. Maybe a song, and voice over narration, and you have a teaser or intro...