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Fellow PD users -

Here’s a new tutorial created by vn800rider (Adrian), that shows a workaround allowing PD12 users to use MultiCam Designer to automatically sync up a four camera shoot.

Instead of the four cam shoot being mixed to a single track in PD12’s main interface, this workaround allows PD12 users to populate the four cam auto-synced results, to four separate tracks in the main interface.

The tutorial only applies to PD12, but may be useful for PD11 users considering upgrading.



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Fellow PD users -

Forum member and PDtoots founder, Cranston, has done it again... pushing PD to its limits and going boldly where no man has been...

The latest tutorial posted on PDtoots shows how to create a freeform transition effect using PiP Designer. PD12 users have the advantage of being able to copy & paste keyframes to repeat the transition, but the same effect can also be achieved in PD10 & 11.



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Hi,
Another great tutorial from Cranston...WELL done...(have to start practicing these and seeing what I can mess up..)LoL
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Fellow PD Users -

There's a new tutorial posted on our PDtoots channel that applies to ALL versions of PowerDirector.

The tutorial - made by Adrian (vn800rider) demonstrates how to shoot, create, and use a custom Chroma Key hand/finger pointer. It also contains some useful tips on disciplining your finger

There's a set of sample "pointer" clips available in the video description.



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Members -

Nina, forum Senior Contributor, has assembled a collection of inventive ideas for Creating Custom Motion Backgrounds and has posted a tutorial on our PDtoots channel.

This toot provides some creative approaches and plenty of "how to", and might even spark some artistic flair in the rest of us.

Thank you for your work & creativity, Nina!

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Quote: Fellow PD users -

Here’s a new tutorial created by vn800rider (Adrian), that shows a workaround allowing PD12 users to use MultiCam Designer to automatically sync up a four camera shoot.

Instead of the four cam shoot being mixed to a single track in PD12’s main interface, this workaround allows PD12 users to populate the four cam auto-synced results, to four separate tracks in the main interface.

The tutorial only applies to PD12, but may be useful for PD11 users considering upgrading.


Thanks to PDToots for this "MultiCam Customising Tip" video. Because of this tutorial, I could take video from two cameras and create an inset picture-in-a-picture synchronized video with little effort.

So, if you are a multi-cam videographer and you are considering PD 12, I highly recommend it. Check it out my first multi-cam sync'ed video...


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I too, love PD Toots, I found them sooo easy to watch, and learned most of my most important PD Lessons here.
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Hi everyone,

Forum member "1Nina" has just uploaded a new 2 part tutorial to the PDtoots channel, on the subject on customizing Camera View, Magic Movie, and Magic Style projects, by creating layered motion Backgrounds using Cyberlink Photo, Color, and PowerDirector tips.

Some very elegant examples are shown. So if you get a chance, check out Nina's very creative 2 part Custom Slideshow/Video tutorials and tips.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrRc23bVguc
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1bhLteoSKY



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"To Modify or to Keyframe?" THAT is the question.

The latest tutorial on the PDtoots channel - Christmas Keyframes - is less about Christmas and more about controlling rotation with keyframes. Even though it looks a bit festive & light-hearted, there can be a bit of work involved.

The question of keyframing rotation comes up occasionally...
http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/31096.page
http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/21827.page



Other related toots are...
Rotation Control
Rotating Motion Objects

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Here's a tutorial about using the FREEFORM tool in PD's PiP Designer. It can be used for basic reshaping of videos & images, or (when keyframes are set) to create motion.

Attached to this toot is a packed project download (for PD12 only), so you can see exactly how the keyframes have been set. Use it however you wish - if you wish. There's a download link in the video description.



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Here's a little QuickToot in response to the question at http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/31791.page

The processes shown in the tutorial apply to time lapse photos, animation & video frames. In PD there are two ways to go about it - using the Time-Lapse slideshow template & setting durations in the timeline. Different methods with the same result.



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Our latest toot is a response to one of our subscribers who was having trouble with formatting and applying long scrolling text. The question comes up often, because PD's Title Designer window is a bit shackled when it comes to this particular issue.

Carl123 has posted on this previously (including a video).

The limitation of having no Select All & not being able to scroll (to select) beyond the visible window makes it very awkward.

Essentially, the more that can be done to process the text outside PD the better. Really, the best advice about using very long scrolling text in PD is "Don't". Shorter sections are much easier to work with & won't cripple your PD/PC.

There's a step by step guide attached at http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/15/30026.page#176296



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Guys & Gals -

The latest little toot on PDtoots is a Back to Basics (non-definitive) guide to some terminology that seems to cause confusion with less experienced PD users.

You read "Hey - hang on - I saved it & now PD can't import its own file. Where's my video?" In some NLEs "saving" does equate to "producing", so the confusion is understandable.

Anyway - it really is very basic so if you've been around PD for a while it may not do much for you!



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The latest quicktoot on PDtoots channel shows different ways of achieving a fast zoom, based on a question posed here - https://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/37865.page#194768

It's not so clear in the tutorial because a very short sample clip was used, but using the frame advance buttons to move the timeline marker can give you greater accuracy for setting precise (fast) zooms and other motion.



[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1pvHUK7rNQ[/youtube]

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The PDtoots team has been busy creating custom motion templates from video clips and animations.

Though PD12 template folders were modified, the same "file swapping" can apply to earlier versions.

Here's the tutorial, made by PDtoots founder, Cranston, which shows the basic process used to extract frames and swap image file in PD's PiP Object template folders.



Many of the templates we've made are available on DirectorZone and some (the "Gold Collection") are only available to PDtoots YouTube subscribers as a giveaway.

Here's a sampler video showing the templates in use





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Last year, there were some tutorials on youtube for special effects with PowerDirector that aren't available anymore. One in particular that I'm looking for is the one where the guy jumps over a house and lands in front of the camera, runs towards the camera. Does anyone know if there's a tutorial out there for that? I've already filmed what I needed but now I need to put it together and I didn't realize the youtube account was closed. It's for my baseball video for our year end banquet in Sept. Thanks
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Fellow Forum Members -

Our PDtoots inbox is sometimes packed with questions about using PD. We generally, of course, refer them to this forum.

This "tutorial" (using the term loosely) is a part of a response to one of our subscriber's questions about flash & flareeffects, and a bit of a sequel to our recent custom PiP Objects toot. It shows Cranston (who made it & the flare effects) at his quirkiest best.

You'll see in the video that there are some flash/flare effects that have been uploaded to the DZ for sharing, along with matching sound effects. The links are in the video description.



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Multi-Level Menus

Here's a PDtoots quick toot on how to create a multi-level (tiered) menu in PD. This is useful when the disc menu nneds to cater for sections, like chapters & sub-chapters, or separate titles each containing sub-sections... like a simplified folder/sub-folder system.

It starts by building a series of separately chaptered projects, which are combined into a single project for disc burning.



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This tutorial only relates to PDR12 & future versions. Members considering updating may be interested.

Hats off to ScottFromOZ.

He's not only generated the idea, but gone ahead and built a tutorial which is posted on our PDtoots channel.

in the toot, Scott shows a couple of different ways he uses PD's MultiCam Designer - very inventive! There are so many ways to make use of PD's features when you put your mind to it.

This is not only Scott's first PDtoots tutorial - it's the first tutorial he's ever made! Congratulations Scott.



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This little toot is a demo response to a subscriber's question.

The technique of using a freeze frame is applicable in many circumstances... and that's effectively what this is. No biggie, just might help someone out (apart from the questioner).



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Here's a little toot for Ian26, who posted a question here - http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/41450.page - about getting scrolling credits and images in sync.

Bit of a rushed job & complete with free spelling mistake. Didn't even see it till it got to YouTube.



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