How to put an image over a clip?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iSamurai, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. iSamurai macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2007
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    I'd like to know how you would put an image (png - so parts of it is transparent) over a video?

    I'm making a clip, involving a scene similar to a news broadcast. So the video shows a person talking and I would like it to have lower-thirds and texts/images over the clip.

    I am guessing that this will be something similar to Photoshop's layers... and is it possible to make transition effects for the lower-third, or simple ones like fade in/out?

    I have iMovie, After Effects and Final Cut Express (but I dunno how to use any of them, lol). I don't think iMovie can do layering; and my after effects is old (6.5) - but I could get CS3 though.

    Any suggestions? Thank you.
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    In FCE, lay the video clip on track V1. The image goes on track V2, but you have to use an image format that support a transparent background (alpha channel) such as TIFF, PNG or PSD. My presonal preference is for uncompressed TIFF.


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