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Duration of all overlays in production


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I've created a movie/slideshow in VideoWave where all photos are inserted as overlays. I'd like to change the duration of all overlays at one time (all overlays in entire production). Can this be done AND after the duration change, how do I keep the same "spacing" between each overlay (so they don't overlap after duration has been changed). I hope that makes sense :blink: Thanks all.

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Well, I'm creating a "scrapbook" movie/slideshow, and I wanted the background to show behind the photos. So, I thought that creating the photos as overlays would give me this look. In addition, each photo is motion set so that when one photo comes flying/fading/bouncing, etc. in and then flying/fading/bouncing, etc. out, another photo comes in behind it. I really liked the look of it. Unfortunately, I really didn't know of another way of getting that look. O.k., so am doing it the hard way? If there is any easier way, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

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Well, I'm creating a "scrapbook" movie/slideshow, and I wanted the background to show behind the photos. So, I thought that creating the photos as overlays would give me this look. In addition, each photo is motion set so that when one photo comes flying/fading/bouncing, etc. in and then flying/fading/bouncing, etc. out, another photo comes in behind it. I really liked the look of it. Unfortunately, I really didn't know of another way of getting that look. O.k., so am doing it the hard way? If there is any easier way, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

 

Here is a thread about an effect similar to what you are trying to achieve

we called it the Dallas effect.

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Here is a thread about an effect similar to what you are trying to achieve

we called it the Dallas effect.

 

Very cool effect! Good to know for future reference (it's been printed for my how-to book), however, I'm not really splitting the scene at all. I am however, using the overlays two at a time (at the most) with each overlay barely running into each other. As one overlay photo leaves the screen, another one is directly behind it (or fading in, tumbling in, spinning in, whatever) right behind it. This way I can use as many overlays as I want. The problem I'm having is that when I want to add another overlay, screen or text effect in between some of these overlays, I have to push the overlays over to make room and this is where it becomes, well, a pain in the neck and sooooooo time consuming because I'm moving them one at a time. Do I need to do some more reading up on internal tracks vs. timeline? I'm doing most of my work in timeline.

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Very cool effect! Good to know for future reference (it's been printed for my how-to book), however, I'm not really splitting the scene at all. I am however, using the overlays two at a time (at the most) with each overlay barely running into each other. As one overlay photo leaves the screen, another one is directly behind it (or fading in, tumbling in, spinning in, whatever) right behind it. This way I can use as many overlays as I want. The problem I'm having is that when I want to add another overlay, screen or text effect in between some of these overlays, I have to push the overlays over to make room and this is where it becomes, well, a pain in the neck and sooooooo time consuming because I'm moving them one at a time. Do I need to do some more reading up on internal tracks vs. timeline? I'm doing most of my work in timeline.

 

I don't believe there is any way to automate what you are trying to do - it has to be done manually and that takes time as you are discovering. I hope you are not trying to do too much with effects, overlays. They are interesting at first but all that dazzle becomes boring after a while.

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I don't believe there is any way to automate what you are trying to do - it has to be done manually and that takes time as you are discovering. I hope you are not trying to do too much with effects, overlays. They are interesting at first but all that dazzle becomes boring after a while.

 

I agree. Too much dazzle does take away from the focus point (in this case, the photos) and does get boring, so I thought, since all I'm really doing are photos & a background, the motion effects and music should really make it pretty fab. Since the movie is relatively short (the length of one song...approx 4 minutes) and the photos (overlays) are around 7 - 8 seconds long (pretty long), I thought the focus would still be on the photos. When I'm done, I'll reevaluate for future projects. Who knows, in a few more months, I could be looking back on this saying "What was I thinking?????". Until then, I must putter on. Thanks myguggi for all your help. I'm hoping to learn much more in the coming days, weeks and months.

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I've created a movie/slideshow in VideoWave where all photos are inserted as overlays. I'd like to change the duration of all overlays at one time (all overlays in entire production). Can this be done AND after the duration change, how do I keep the same "spacing" between each overlay (so they don't overlap after duration has been changed). I hope that makes sense :blink: Thanks all.

 

I haven't tried adusting the duration of "bulk" overlays, but what would posses you to put all photos in a slide show as overlays?

 

If you are trying to adjust them to fit inside the Safe Zone, use a free program, such as Image Cropper to "bulk" crop the photos to fit.

 

http://www.darkwood.demon.co.uk/PC/crop.htm

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I've created a movie/slideshow in VideoWave where all photos are inserted as overlays. I'd like to change the duration of all overlays at one time (all overlays in entire production). Can this be done AND after the duration change, how do I keep the same "spacing" between each overlay (so they don't overlap after duration has been changed). I hope that makes sense :blink: Thanks all.

 

I have tried it, and I do not think there is any way you can change the duration of overlays in bulk. I believe you will have to change them one at time.

 

Like Bruce, I am curious why you placed all your media on the overlay track.

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