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Using Boris Red 4 Library Browser Effect to Create Broadcast-Worthy News Stories
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John Lafauce: Using Boris Red 4 Library Browser Effect to Create Broadcast-Worthy News Stories

John Lafauce Jr.,

©2007 John Lafauce and CreativeCOW.net

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This tutorial by John Lafauce demonstrates how to apply and customize a new, pre-made lower third graphic from Boris' extensive selection of Keyframe Library Effects.

download project footage and final movie here

For more detailed information on the features covered in this tutorial, please refer to the Boris documentation that came with your product.  If you are new to Red 4 and would like to learn more about this software, please visit:

http://www.borisfx.com/products/red4/

 

Red 4 - New lower third Library effect tutorial

This tutorial is geared for individuals new to Boris Red as well as experienced users who are curious about exploring some of these new features.

Media for this tutorial (Download from the blue bar above):

  • Jet Compv1.mov (RGB, 8 bit movie)
  • Pilotv1.tga (RGB, 8 bit still image)

 

The following were used to create this tutorial:

  • Software:  Boris Red 4
  • Operating System:  Windows XP Pro
  • Hardware: Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 3.0GHz
  • Memory: 2048 MB

 

 

Step 1:  Launch the Boris Red 4 engine from your desktop.

 

(This tutorial was written using the standalone engine but it can be used with the Red plug-in in your host NLE as well).

 

Preparing Red for your media

 

Step 2:  Open your Project Settings window

 

 

 

Step 3:  Set up your project by selecting options specific to the media you will be working with.  This tutorial will be:

  • Project size = 720x486 NTSC D1
  • Video Aspect = 4:3 Aspect Ratio
  • FPS = 29.97
  • Duration = (Can be entered here but I prefer to enter it in the Timeline window, which I will do later in this section)
  • Alpha Channel = Straight *

* If you are not sure which alpha channel setting corresponds to your RGBA media, re-import the media trying each alpha setting until you find the one that displays the cleanest looking edges.  Users will often erode and blur matte edges unnecessarily because there is a visible "matte line" around their object due to incorrect alpha import settings, e.g. – Their project settings or prefs may be set to Premultiplied White or Black when in fact their media is Straight Alpha.

 

  • Color Depth = 8 bit

 

Step 4:  When you are finished setting up your project, click OK to accept and exit Project Settings.

 

Now would be a good opportunity to save your project you just created.

 

Step 5:  Go to menu File > Save Project, and name your project as you wish.

 

Importing your media

 

Step 6:  Delete the Video 2 track in the Timeline window, as it is not needed.

 

Step 7:  In the Timeline window:

  1. Click the Change Track Media icon of the Video 1 track
  2. Choose Movie File from the menu.  A dialogue window appears
  3. Navigate to the New Lower Third Tutorial folder and select Jet Compv1.mov
  4. Click Open

 

 

 

The footage is imported and visible in the Comp window

 

 

Step 8:  Change the duration in the Timeline to accommodate the length of the clip, which is :05;16.

 

 

 

 

 

Applying the new lower third effect from the Keyframe Library

 

Step 9:  To open the Keyframe Library Browser, Go to the Window menu and select Library Browser or type Ctrl+9. 

 

The Library Browser window opens.

 

Step 10:  Inside the Library Browser window

  1. Navigate to the New additions folder located in the Red 4.0 Keyframe Library directory
  2. Select the Red TV.red effect
  3. Click the Insert Effect icon

 

 

Step 11:  Close the Library Browser

 

At this point, your Timeline should look like this:

 

 

 

Customizing your effect

The appeal of Boris' Library Browser effects is that most of the work is already done for you.  All you have to do is plug them in, make a few changes, and you are done.

Our effect that we applied is referred to as a "lower third" and is widely used in broadcast graphics.  The first thing we'll want to do is add some text.

 

Step 12:  Click the Add Vector Text icon in the Timeline window.

 

 

The Text Window editor appears.

 

Step 13:  In the Text window, type the headline:  Runaway Navy Jet, using:

  • Font = Denmark (or whatever style you prefer)
  • Font size = 48

 

 

Step 14:  Add a drop shadow to the text:

  1. Highlight text selection
  2. Select the Shadow tab
  3. Click box to activate the drop shadow for this text

 

 

 

Step 15:  Click Update and close the Text window

 

 

 

 

 

Positioning the Text

 

 

Step 16:  Select the Runaway Navy Jet track in the Timeline.

 

 

Step 17:  In the Position tab of the Controls window, enter the following values:

 

  • Position X = 415  (Constant interpolation)
  • Position Y = 400  (Constant interpolation)

 

 

Your text should now be positioned in the text box of your lower third graphic, but notice it is behind those other layers.

 

 

 

 

Step 18:  Let's move the text to the front:

  1. Select the Runaway Navy Jet track in the Timeline
  2. Drag the track and drop it above the other tracks

 

 

 

 

The text is now where it should be in the composition.

 

 

 

Adding a TV channel logo

The oval shape in our graphic would typically be reserved for the placement of a television station's channel logo.  Since we don't have a logo to use, a photo will do.

 

Step 19:  Select and expand the Oval track in the Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 20:  Select the Track Media icon of the Front Texture track and choose Still Image File from the menu list.

 

 

 

A dialogue window appears.

 

Step 21:  Navigate to the New Lower Third Tutorial folder.

 

Step 22:  Select Pilotv1.tga

 

Step 23:  Click Open

 

The pilot appears inside the oval shape.

 

 

Step 24:  In the Time field of the Timeline window, enter 100 to move the CTI (Control Time Indicator) to :01;00 of the effect.

 

 

In the Comp window, notice how the extruded edge of the oval does not wrap completely around the shape

 

 

We can fix that by changing how the media is mapped to the oval.

 

Step 25:  Select the Oval track in the Timeline.

 

Step 26:  In the Controls window, choose the Textures tab and change Map Method to Stretch.

 

 

The extruded edge now wraps around the shape.

 

Cleaning up the pilot

There is one last tweak to do to the oval and this comp will be ready for rendering.

 

Step 27:  Hit the Home key on your keyboard to bring the CTI to the first frame of the effect.

 

Notice how the pilot image in the oval appears milky and washed out.

 

 

We can fix that by increasing the Texture Opacity.

 

 

Step 28:  In the Textures tab of the Controls window, increase the Texture Opacity to 100 and make sure the interpolation remains on Constant.

 

Step 29:  Preview the effect by selecting Preview to Ram in the Preview menu or type Ctrl+0

 

Render your composition

 

If you are satisfied with your comp, let's name it and render it.

 

Step 30:  Go to menu Composition > Rename Composition

 

 

A dialogue window appears.

 

Step 31:  Name your comp as you wish.  I named mine:  New Lower Thirdv1.

 

Step 32:  Click the Add Composition to Render Queue button in the Comp window

 

 

The Movie Export Settings dialogue window appears where you can enter your export options.

 

 

Note:  Don't forget to double-check your Export Preferences to make sure they match these options.

 

 

Step 33:  After you've entered your desired movie export settings; select the Render Queue tab in the Project Window.

 

 

 

Step 34:  Make sure your comp is highlighted (aqua blue) and hit the Render Now button at the bottom of the Render Queue window.

 

Step 35:  Specify an export folder if you haven't done so and click OK.

 

The render begins and you are done.

 

Screenshot of rendered comp

 



 

For more detailed information on the features covered in this tutorial, please refer to the Boris documentation that came with your product.  If you are new to Red 4 and would like to learn more about this software, please visit:

http://www.borisfx.com/products/red4/

 

John Lafauce Jr. is a veteran visual effects artist and compositor who has worked on over thirty feature films for companies in Hollywood such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm and Hues, and Pacific Title.  He currently works in quality assurance for Boris FX in Massachusetts, helping to develop graphics and effects software plug-ins for the broadcast and post production industries. Feel free to read John's other articles on digital effects:

A Boris Continuum Complete AVX in Avid tutorial here:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/lafauce_john/corner_pin.php

A Shake tutorial from the movie "Kung Pow  - Enter the Fist" here: http://www.highend3d.com/shake/tutorials/general/17.html

"How to Become a Feature Film Compositor" here:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/lafauce_john/film_compositor.php

 

 

 

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