HD Picture in Picture (PiP) using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9, Eye catching and artistic.

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I'm sure you will agree that "Picture in Picture" certainly is an eye catching artistic effect, there is so much to look at in this video that you have to watch it a few times to take it all in.
I hope you enjoy this little test video of mine.

This is a test video to show how its possible to use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9 (The £74 version) to create fancy picture in picture (PiP) effects using several vidoes.

A problem I find with most of the Sony Vegas tutorials is that they seem to be created on the top of the range version (£525) of Sony Vegas
i.e. The PRO version, this means that when you try and follow them you find that your version does not have the feature you are trying to use.
One such issue is how many video tracks you can have, in the non-Pro version you can only have a maximum of 4 video tracks and ONLY if you sacrifice other tracks
such as text and music. This is a real limitation but I have found away around this by making your video in two or more phases.
This does require some thought before you do it.
What I did in this video was create phase 1 and used a main background video of time-lapse clouds, I then added 3 other video tracks with various videos clips on them that fly around.
I then rendered this as phase 1. I then re-ran Vegas and imported the phase 1 video onto one video track this meant that I could then add another 3 videos to this video.
As you can see by repeating this method several times its possible to keep adding more and more PiP videos to your presentation. Obviously you must render the videos at high quality otherwise each time you import your video for the next stage it
will reduce the quality thus making it worse and worse each time.

If you don't know how to create a Picture in Picture video in Sony Vegas then please FIRST watch this :
Then give that a go and then try my instructions to take it to the next level.

Tips :
This video is HD widescreen 16:9 format. When you are using the Event Pan/Crop tool you may find that it will not let you move the videos to the very edge of the video area, this
is because the default format is wrong. To correct this click on the the dropdown list to the far right of where it says "Preset:(untitled)" and
select "16:9 Widescreen TV aspect ratio", this will now allow you to drag videos to the very edges.

In the Event Pan/Crop window its very hard to resize videos for PiP, so the fist thing to do is to click on the magnify icon (Zoom edit tool)
then go over your video and right click a few times, this will zoom out and allow you to move things around better.
Once you have clicked to make it smaller click on the "Normal edit tool" icon. You can now resize the video and move it around etc.

For reference, this video was encoded using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9.0b.
Running on Windows XP SP3
My video is @1280 x 720 25FPS
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"YouTube HD" template created as follows :
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Audio Tab : CBR, windows Media Audio 9.2
128 Kbps, 44KHz, Stereo (A/V) CBR
Video Tab : Windows Media Video 9
High Definition (1280 x 720)
Bit Rate tab : 6 M

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I have used several of my videos in this presentation, all taken by me using a Canon Ixus 430.
The Videos are..
Derby Guild Hall rooftop during restoration
Piglets at Whitepost Farm, Nottingham.
Chickens at Home Farm, Markeaton.
Geese at Alvaston Park lake
Edinburgh Fringe festival streets
Friar Gate driving
Catapillar
View from the London Eye
piccadilly circus
London Aqaurium
Matlock Bath cable cars
Matlock driving.
Feeding pelicans at Blackbrook Zoo
Birmingham
The main background video is just some time-lapse of clouds out of my window. I did this by recording 25 mins of clouds then imported it into Sony Vegas and
increased the playback X4, then rendered it and re-imported it and repeated this again a few more times until the 25 mins was reduced to just 45 seconds!
This is a long winded way of doing time-lapse as its better to capture less frames to start with! I did this just to see how the quality compared with doing it
the way I normally capture time-lapse using a camera and an intervalometer, see my other videos on time-lapse for details.

See my latest projects on my blog :

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good job on the vid, ive been using vegas since like 8 years ago and recently got platinum, my question thou is, where did u get that music? its really nice

Author — IDPICTURESTV

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Simply hover the cursor over the right edge of the clip until the cursor changes then press and hold the Ctrl key down while dragging the right edge to the left. This will reduce the playback time, i.e. increse the speed of playback.
Does this help explain?

Author — comedyhunter

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simply control the pan and zoom points on the timeline. there are many tuts on how to do this.

Author — comedyhunter

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There does not seem to be any 3D options available where you would expect to find them. "Track motion" only offers 2D rather than a cube view. I think 3D is only available in the Pro version.

Author — comedyhunter

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Cheers, Yes it has great potential for doing themed PiP videos featuring many smaller videos on a subject which the viewer can decide which to watch.

Author — comedyhunter

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I have a little show I do for one of the games I play where I use PIP. I also have to rerender my videos to add more tracks - My question is have you noticed that it takes much longer to rerender the 2nd time compared to the 1st time? When I render a set and then import them to add more tracks..the next time I hit render it seems like it takes atleast twice as long. Nice detailed description also on the right

Author — THE RED DRAGON

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The Pro version costs 8 time as much as the Platinum version so I think you can work out which is better!

Author — comedyhunter

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I'm very confused, I'd thought for Sony Vegas Platinum 9 that it only allows 4 layers (including text layer).
How did you get 5 or more layers?

Author — horsesLcool

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I had thought of this, but the only problem with this is, you have to think a little harder before you do things, lets say you get to phase 3 and find out something you did in phase one is wrong, another thing most of (not all) those tutorials with the Pro Versions are usually pirated, which I do not believe in so I got the Movie Studio Pro 9.0 Platinum Edition instead

Author — sgttris

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You have full control over the area of the PiP video that will be shown, i.e. you can crop it down to a thin stip of video or a sqaure, size is also fully controllable.

Author — comedyhunter

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There are many tutorials on youtube for that type of thing. I am no expert on SV, everything I have learnt by following the tuts on youtube and then trying it myself. Its the best way to learn, start with basic stuff and then and only then move onto fancy things.

Check out the tuts by Montagical, he has made lots.

Author — comedyhunter

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If you hold the Ctrl key down the cursor changes to one with a wavey line on it, moving the right side of the clip left (with Ctrl pressed down) will speed up playback time. Moving it WITHOUT pressing Ctrl key will in deed crop the clip down (shortens it). This is the difference.

To explain run Vegas, goto Help and type ... time-stretch event then Click on "time-stretch an event" this shows you the cursor you get when you hold down Ctrl.
Try it and let me know how you get on.

Author — comedyhunter

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I used the following video to make my template. Search youtube for "Sony Vegas: Widescreen HD Settings" by iceflowstudios

Author — comedyhunter

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Yes that would be because the 1st phase video that you have rendered and now are importing back in to add more tracks would be a larger filesize than the video clips you are adding on the 2nd time. i.e. Vegas is having to do more work.

Glad you found my video description helpful.

Author — comedyhunter

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Hi, Not sure what you mean by "mkae it slame down".
But Zooming in on text is done by using the crop function with keyframes if using Movie Studio version, or with Track motion and keyframes if using the Pro version og Sony Vegas.

Author — comedyhunter

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Glad you worked it out. the wavey line is not easy to see unless you look for it.

Author — comedyhunter

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@guitar18kid Hi, Im not sure about the same time, I have upgraded to Pro so not sure now.
As regards tilting, I assume you mean tilt backwards as in 3D?, if so NO, 3D envirment is only available in Pro 9.
Hope this helps.

Author — comedyhunter

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This is a cool idea, new random things keep coming in to watch. I liked the birds. Very awesome! :D

Author — Budgiekens

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I guess by your second comment that you realised how to make them move around using keyframe points in the pan/crop event window.

Author — comedyhunter

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where did you get the background??

the clouds??

Author — Puro Sentido Común