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Thank you...

For the time being, my sanity has been validated.

Clark




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How strange! "Magic Fix" is an old tool that was around up until PD14 or maybe 15 but it's gone now. This is from PD14:



The article does have some good editing tips, and the screenshots actually show how to access the current tools, but I don't know why the author chose to use the name of and link to a feature from PD5! undecided
I got an email from Cyberlink, clicked on a link...

https://blog.cyberlink.com/video-editing/how-to-fix-out-of-focus-video-with-this-simple-trick/?TopLink=Article_PDR_Fix

This is not something new ?? Just the term "Magic Fix" applied to tools already present in PD 17 ?

Thanks...
Clark
I think I'm close but not there yet.

Basically I want to create a greenscreen of a speaker so that I can replace the background with PNGs, videos, etc.

I thought I could create a PNG mask of the speaker, invert the mask, and then use Chroma Key to greenscreen the background. I'm having problems.

Please give recommendations.

This is the link to a ZIP folder containing the movie with the speaker, and the PNG of the speaker.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XOj7dMhvX0gvxHS1yvfaClpa1s7EpjmV/view?usp=sharing

Thanks much

Clark
Quote It depends on what's causing the hangs and crashes.

It's certainly not something most of us are experiencing. So it could be an instability or a buggy driver on your system.

It could also be related to the media you're editing. Unless it's hanging and crashing even when you open a new project, before you add any media to it.

What model of camcorder is your video coming from? What is the video's resolution and format?



I've had PD14, 15, 16, and now 17. I've created many, many videos with few problems, an occasional crash probably.

I am doing nothing basically different now. Most of my original videos were captured with my iPhone 7+. Some are from stock videos and photos, but I've always done that.

It takes "forever" to accomplish a small task, like putting keyframes on a video section.
I have PD 17 365 or whatever it's called. It simply hangs quite often. Or hangs then crashes.

This happens so much that I have much difficulty finishing any project.

What do I do ? I'd prefer going back to an earlier version but I'd have to start several projects from scratch since there is no backwards compability.
Quote To my knowledge, you create a green screen video by using a green background to photograph or video first.

In Powerdirector you use, chroma key to add you replacement background.

There are several places to purchase a green screen background, search on Google. Lighting is very important, the background must be lighted evenly.

It is possible to use photo editing software to insert a sold green background in an existing photo.


Thank you for your reply.

However ....

I do already have a physical green screen background in my office. If I were starting a new project with a person talking, I would use that.

Also, it is very simple, with Photoshop and several iPhone apps, to remove the background of a photo, leaving only the desired part., with the rest transparent when saved as a PNG.

There are software methods to create a moving mask of the desired person (or section) in a video. The non-masked portion can then be changed to a specific color (normally green) so that the resulting video is a green-screen video. ColorDirector by Cyberlink has that ability.

I am looking for other software that can do that. I actually read somewhere that Google is considering adding that capability to Google Photos. But not yet.

Thanks,

Clark
Although this is not about PD17, I do own it but frequently need this capability.

Do members here have a recommendation for Green Screen production software ? If I Google that term I find many hits on Green Screen usage, but not Green Screen creation.

I would like to be able to take an existing video, normally of a person but often of a slow moving object, and dynamically mask the desired moving area. Then I can color the remaining area to be green. Or blue. And therefore transparent by using PD17 Chroma Key.

ColorDirector has somewhat that capability, but I'm looking for software exclusively designed for Geen Screen creation from an existing video.

Thank you.

Clark
I'm a PowerDirector 365 subscriber. And have access to the "new" stuff.

I really need a film strip. I would put my own images in each frame of the film. The strip would move continuously from right to left.

So, I would be showing with a video possibilities I would produce in a video. The frames would have maybe a Facebook logo, Instragram logo, an image of a hairstylist, a car mechanic, whatever a person does in his business.

The point would be to convince possible clients that I can create a video, market it where it needs to be marketed, of any business that they have.

Help ?

I can make a static image, but I really would prefer a moving video sample.

Thanks,

Clark
I do appreciate all the replies. But still stick with my opinion. But I will stop now.

I like the way that the Keyframe window opens up in a large window and automatically resizes the video window down.

Thanks again.
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How much more room do you need? Why do you find a keyframe area this size tight?



I do not feel that I need to explain why. I stated a reason. I believe that this text keyframe area IS tight, and is not at all intuitive, compared to other properties that are key-framed.

Again, why not all in the same large keyframe window ? That is very logical and very intuitive ...
I have a question or suggestion about the method to keyframe text. Why not in the keyframe box ?

To keyframe a text box, it must be done in its own keyframe window beneath the screen area. This keyframe area is tight, and more difficult to operate.

All other items that are keyframed are done so in the much larger keyframe window. Why cannot text keyframing be added to this larger keyframe window ?

Thanks for listening.

Clark
I am frustrated with ColorDirector 6 for several reasons.

I have used CDR6 for motion-tracking, to eliminate, fade-out areas, or to create a green screen video.

1. Some of my already-masked areas become unmasked when I save the project, and then start again from the beginning, to "fine-tune" my mask. Extremely frustrating.

2. When I am in either frame-by-frame or auto motion tracking, CDR6 will suddenly grab some area, or lose some area, that to the eye is obviously wrong. If the eye can easily see the difference between areas, I would hope that CDR could come close.


3. CDR needs the ability to have sensitivity settings in Motion Tracking. Low sensitivity would be let it mask anything close to the desired area. High sensitivity would allow only a major change in color.

4. I would like to be able to specifically paint/mask an area, without CDR immediately grabbing some other spot.

5. Then I would like to be able to fine-tune the selected mask, to enlargen it, to shrink it, to feather it. All of the Photoshop selection tools.

6. In general, I find CDR6 in its present state, to be almost unusable for Motion Tracking. It simply is not smart enough, or fast enough.

Thanks,
Clark
Quote Hello Clark,

It appears that you are attempting to use a Motion Tracking mask. Is that correct?

Unforunately, if that's the case, you'd have some difficulty even if you were a CDR "oldie". CDR does indeed "wander off and grab other areas", especially when there are similar coloured objects passing by.

Could you please post a screenshot of the clip showing the area you're trying to mask?

PIX




Hi PIX,

Yes, I was using Motion Tracking. in CDR 6. I have used it for 3 videos.

But, based on my experience, I will not use it again, unless I am paid very high, or unless someone tells me how better to use it.

Rather than a screen shot, how about a link to a "completed" video, one that I did mask, and then created a video with a semi-transparent background of the initial background? Then you can see better what I was dealing with.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Kk3y39JbVndNEIL83

The final result was "pretty good", not great. But take many hours to complete. I thought I would get better as time went by, but I topped out on my learning curve after an hour or so. From then on, it was boring, click, alt-click. I couldn't get far with the continuous motion tracking tool; I often had to track frame by frame.

This video had stupid people moving in the background. That hurt. But also, even when there was no background movement, CDR keep losing/adding parts. If I kept the same mask, and started again, thinking that I could fine-tune, it was almost like starting over. CDR kept losing parts that had been masked out, so I would have to re-mask them out again.

I also wanted to be able to simply mask out an area, and keep that mask constant unless there was a big change. But there is no tolerance setting. Also, CDR wants to immediately re-mask with jaggies the area that I had just masked smoothly,

I read somewhere that YouTube was finalizing an on-line tool to do this. Hurry up, YouTube !
I am a CDR6 newbie. I have used it on a couple of projects where I wanted to make the background mostly opaque, in order to lessen all the stuff going on in the background.

I did it but it was a laborious process. I had watched a couple of tutorials, mostly French. So I think I know the mechanics. But CDR kept wandering off, grabbing other areas and losing area that I wanted.

But the most disturbing thing is that it apparently lost edits/selections that I had already made. If I wanted to repeat the process, keeping the same mask, in order to fine tune my mask, very often the areas that I had masked out came back masked. Very frustrating.

Any comments or guidance?

Thanks,

Clark
Quote One workaround would be to start a project by dropping a colorboard onto the first timeline which you could easily discard when you are ready to produce.


Thanks !

Great minds think alike. After I had posted my message, that same workaround popped into my head. I just completed a video, using that technique, and was able to place my photos and videos exactly where needed.

Clark
Basic question - hope it makes sense.

I often have a tough time seeing the boundaries of the aspect window. The window is black. The surrounding area is black. One should be a lighter shade.

Thanks,

Clark
Quote Hi folks,

I recently purchased the PowerDirector Ultra suite with PowerDirector, AudioDirector, PhotoDirector and a few effects.

I didn't realise at that point that I wasn't getting ColorDirector. In fact I didn't even realise ColorDirector existed.

I'm not sure what ColorDirector gives me that PowerDirector doesn't - can someone advise? Do I need it?

Thanks
W



So far, my need for ColorDirector is only for creating a Green Screen video from one of my existing videos. My use would be to highlight only certain people in a video, or to create a different background to the main person(s)

There may be more, but I haven't discovered that yet. In looking at the demo video, it appears that ColorDirector gives much more control over color changes, more color effects, designed to give the video a different look, or simply to look better.

Clark
Quote frown I recently purchased Photo Director Mobile for iOS. I would like to remove the Photo Director tag from the collage frames. Is there any way to remove these tags, With the paid version, these should be removed.


I agree 100%
Quote Try this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3jSXzV7suY

or even better this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1GaEx_UKc4

(I think you will see some answer around about 2:27)

You need ColorDirector though!

Regards
Warry


Thanks..... Good info. I guess I need to check out ColorDirector.

Clark
Is this possible with PDR 16 ?

Is it possible to mask out surroundings on a moving object ?


Motion Tracker follows an object. I would like to create a transparent background around that moving object. Is this possible ? If so, please link me to a tutorial.

I know that I can mask an area around the object. I can get a good mask if I create one in PhotoShop. But that doesn't work when the object moves.

Any help here ?

Thanks much,

Clark
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