Shine in Vegas Pro
An animated shine adds emphasis to titles and other graphics with Sony Vegas Pro
By Jeffrey P. Fisher
Confession time. This tutorial's subject remains one of my favorite effects to use with titles. The essential look is to animate a light streak that travels across the surface of the title. You've seen this a million+ times, yet it's still an effective way to add a touch of pizzazz to otherwise static graphics.
Add two video tracks to the Vegas Pro Timeline. Create the title you need using the Text, ProType Titler, or some other method. These examples use a Digital Juice Font (www.digitaljuice.com). Place this title on the lower of these two video tracks.
Make a copy of the title (Ctrl+drag) and place it on the track directly above. If your title uses a Vegas Pro internal Media Generator, it's important to create a new copy of the title and not a reference to the original.
Drag the Video FX > Brightness and Contrast > Very Bright preset to the uppermost title Event only. Adjust the parameters using the dialog box controls to create a blown-out, bright white title. Close the dialog box when finished.
If you'd rather have a color other than white move across the title, add the Video FX > Color Corrector instead and adjust to taste.
Open the Event Pan/Crop dialog on this same upper title by clicking its icon or right-clicking the Event and selecting from the pop-up menu. Switch to and enable the Mask lane in the keyframe lane along the bottom of the Event Pan/Crop dialog box.
Create a mask that reveals only a small portion of the bright white title. Use the Bezier Anchor Creation tool to draw a small rectangle that is slightly taller than the title itself and place it to the far left. Be sure to connect anchors to close the rectangle. You may want to experiment with both sizes and shapes to get the look you want. For example, you could move across the title in a diagonal.
In the Event Pan/Crop dialog Path section, set the Feather type to 'Both' and adjust the Feather (%) to soften the mask edges a bit.
Switch to the Normal Edit Tool (the arrow pointer) and also move down the Keyframe Timeline a bit and add a new keyframe using the (+) diamond-shaped Create keyframe button. You can also press the 'Insert' key to add a new keyframe.
It's time to animate the mask moving across the title. Click the rectangular mask you created, hold down the Alt key, and drag the mask to the far right past the end of the title.
Adjust the timing of the two keyframes for the effect you want. Simply drag the keyframes where you need them as you preview the results. By moving the first keyframe over a bit, there is a delay before the shine starts. The distance between the first and the second keyframe determine how fast the shine moves across the title.
Here is an example of what this tutorial's final shine looks like.
Now that you know the basic workflow, it's your turn to use the 'shine' effect in creative ways with your projects.
For more on creative titling using Bezier Masks in Vegas, see my other DMN article:
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Jeffrey P. Fisher is a Sony Vegas Certified Trainer who co-hosts the Sony Acid, Sony Sound Forge, and Sony Vegas forums on Digital Media Net (www.dmnforums.com). Visit his Website at www.jeffreypfisher.com for more information.