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Can VideoPad make or recover Moving PIP?

A small Picture floats around inside a larger Picture and bounces off its borders.

The smaller Picture varies in size as it floats around.

Can the content of the smaller floating picture be extracted using VideoPad?

 

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Hi

PIP in brief.....

  • Place your main (background) clip on Video Track 1.
  • Place your "floating" clip on Video Track 2 which is the overlay track.
  • Line the clips up one over the other. The clip on the overlay track will hide the main clip at this point.
  • Add a Scale effect to the "floating" clip to reduce it to the required size. (Horizontal and Vertical Values less than 1)
  • Now add the Position effect to the "floating" clip and use keyframes to animate the required movement.

If you want more detail on how to do this come back to the forum.

If the clip you are using is a video clip containing a PIP it can't be "extracted".  You may however be able to use the Crop effect to isolate it and then keyframes to make the cropped area to follow it. Not an ideal solution and results will depend greatly on the sort of motion  etc. that the PIP has (and you patience in setting of the keyframes.)

Nat

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Thanks Nat for great reply.  Moving PIP in 5 simple steps!

No simple “extraction”, Arrrh! that’s what I thought.

So with any sort of Fx applied to Video, you do A to B to get a result,
But there is no simple way to undo Fx from a finished product, no B to A.

That’s sad, remember to keep a Non Fx Master!.

 

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Hi

" So with any sort of Fx applied to Video, you do A to B to get a result,
But there is no simple way to undo Fx from a finished product, no B to A. "

That's more or less it.  Once you have exported your work it becomes a single video and the effects can't be reversed in the exported version.  After exporting VP will still have your project displayed and you could step back to an earlier point using the redo tab. Of course if you haven't retained your work in some way it will be lost. The "Master" you refer to would be an easily created small text file with all the info needed to re-assemble your work...  a .vpj file.  So, to clarify the save options for this if you don't already know them...

VP will  allow you to save your work at any point, either with or without all the component clips. this will include  a .vpj file which are instructions that tells VP how to reconstruct your project.

If you want to move all your work to another PC or upload it somewhere use the option  Save  Portable Project As. This will create a dated folder and copy all the clips to it as well as a .vpj.file. This folder can then be transferred to the new machine or uploaded to a web site like Dropbox etc. Since the clips are present in the folder the .vpj file can be used by VP  to recreate the project.

If you just want to save your work at a particular point so as not to lose stage you have reached, you should use Save Project File As. This does nothing with the clips which stay where they are, but simply saves a vpj file with the name you supply. e.g. "Project 1 PointA". After a bit more editing you can repeat the Save Project File As with a different name e.g. "Project 1 PointB" and so on. This process creates an additional  .vpj file each of which will enable VP to reconstruct your project at the point at which you saved it.

If you just use the Save Project File option, you supply the name the first time around (or use the default Untitled.vpj ) but subsequent saves using this option  overwrite the old file using the same name There is no opportunity to enter a new name so previous saves will be lost and you will only retain the last save . That's why I generally use Save Project File As.

The last point is that provided you haven't deleted or moved any of your clips VP will recreate your project from the vpj file (even if you have emptied the cache.) If any clips are not present on your PC or you have moved them to another folder, you will get a message to that effect and a prompt to locate them.

Hope this helps

Nat

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Super reply Nat,  “Save Project As “ is definitely the way to go!

Vp is nearly “idiot Proof” it might not have “Bins” as such but it even knows if you have moved you files and tells you to go and get them, great little program!

I have not lost any masters

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