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Help with adding clipart to my videos..

Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 2:16am

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ZackGavin

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I've been trying to add some clipart to my videos from the Footage:Special Effects DVD I bought, but can't seem to get rid of the black background in the clips. For instance, I was trying to add a blood-squirt to a bullet wound, but when I add the clipart from the media section, the black background is still there and the effect is ruined. I'm fairly new to the program, so if possible a step-by-step would be appreciated. Sorry for being so needy, but thanks in advance for any help!
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 2:47am

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Select the footage by clicking the title. Then on the right of you screen will be a list of options. One of them is drop down menu that has 'normal' on it. For black backgrounds, select 'screen' or 'add' and for white backgrounds, select 'multiply'.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 3:59am

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I'm sorry, I'm not seeing what you mean. Am I supposed to click on the effects title in the bottom left timeline? Even doing that I don't see any menu's giving me a "screen", "add", or "multiply" option regarding the media. I'm using EffectsLab Pro.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 7:06am

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This post should clear things up for you, Zack.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 12:19pm

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ZackGavin

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OK, I'm able to follow the steps to get to the Info Menu in picture two of your post, but in the Composite:Normal section, where you have a drop-down menu at the end- My little square is empty and clicking it does nothing- What do I do? Sorry for needing so much help for a seemingly small problem, but I still can't figure it out. Thanks for helping, though!
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 5:28pm

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Thats because you don't have that option in Effectslab. He didn't know that because he has Visionlab. The black background should automatically disappear. Do you have another peice of footage UNDER the clip?
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 7:51pm

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No, no other footage under the clip, but I'm beginning to think that some of the clipart files in the Footage:Special Effects DVD are just faulty. Since a lot of my movies have some level of violence, I naturally tried some of the blood effects first and ended up with this problem that I'm here about. However- Just to test things out I added some random clipart effects to a video just to see if they work, and they work fine- no black background- just the intended image placed over my video. Is my only option to weed out the files that don't work and get rid of them, or is there a way to fix it? If not, that's fine I guess- I'm just glad I know I'm not just doing something wrong.
Thanks again to all who responded!
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 10:38pm

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If there isn't any other footage below it, then you won't see any difference when the black is removed. The black of the canvas will just show through. Put some footage under the clip, and you will see a difference.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 11:16pm

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Axeman has it right! In order for you to see the difference you gotta put a video UNDER your Stock footage!!! That is your problem. There is no problem with the footage you just have to put a videoclip UNDER the footage!
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 2:36am

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ZackGavin

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Oh I'm sorry- I misunderstood. I AM putting these clipart images over the video I'm intending to edit. I know that if I add them to a blank timeline that they will be all that I see. Like I said in my last post, I tried adding other clipart images and had success- So I'm confident the process I'm using is correct, It's just that some of them aren't working like they should. (maybe I'm just doing something wrong, but since as I've said, others DO work, so I don't think so) Again, thanks for the replies, and if it is ME and I'm simply screwing up- I'm sorry- But I've tried to follow all instructions as accurately as possible without any luck.
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 4:02am

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Hmmmmmm.....Could it be possible to upload that 1 clip to somewhere so I can see. If not I understand but than "riddle me this batman" I always wanted to say that! is the background color of the clip art black? If it is than it is probably just faulty. I had a problem with this DV2: http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/plugins/view/1200/force-lightning
You see the background wouldn't remove on the AlamDV2. Axeman told me something complicated that I didn't quite fully understand. Maybe we have the same problem? Only Axeman knows. Sorry but I tried, so just ask Axeman. Hes a moderator or a Super User or something.-Storm Grenade
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 6:27am

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Its something to do with alpha channels in the old AlamDV plug-ins. I can give you the full explanation if you want, but the short version is this: the alpha channel needs to be removed. The easiest way to do this is to convert the images to .jpg format.

I was thinking that it was sorted out for the DVD versions of the plug-ins, but perhaps not.

If the black background doesn't disappear automatically, then you need to convert the images to jpegs, and then it will work.
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 10:50pm

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ZackGavin

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Ok. As it turns out A LOT of the included clipart images in the Footage: Special Effects DVD suffer from this problem. How do I convert them to JPEG files? Is there a free converter you can link me to? I don't know much about this stuff. Sorry for being a pest- but it ain't my fault!
Posted: Fri, 21st Aug 2009, 12:27am

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Well, GIMP is a good free option, but really whatever image editor you use ought to be capable of converting TIFFs to JPGs.