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One of my Vegas trainees recently asked me how to create a still frame from video and make it look as if a snapshot had been taken, complete with a flash going off. After writing instructions in an e-mail, I realized the workflow would make a handy tutorial. With special thanks to P.M. for the idea, here goes.
Start with the video on the Timeline, obviously. Im using stock footage from the Artbeats volume Portraits--Adults (www.artbeats.com) for this tutorial. Position the cursor on the Timeline at the position you'd like to create the still. Type the ?M key to place a Marker at that position. Name the marker if you wish, too. Leave the cursor parked there.
If your project is interlaced, you should follow this next step. If your project is progressive, ignore this tip. Go to File > Properties or use Alt+Enter. In the dialog box that displays, change the Field Order to None (Progressive).
Also, make a note of what this was set at before you change it because you'll change it back later. This temporary change to Progressive effectively de-interlaces the image. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
Go to the Video Preview window. Set its Preview Quality to Best (Full) for the optimum results. The quality of the image you save depends completely on this setting.
While still in the Video Preview window, click the Save Snapshot to File button the floppy disc icon. A dialog box pops up letting you choose the Save to location and the file format, either PNG or JPEG. Choose the PNG format and save it with all your other media. The still image you created also shows up in the Project Media tab.
By the way, this technique is how you can grab stills from any project to use for other purposes such as publicity, DVD cover images, and so forth.
Important: Return to File > Properties and change the Field order back to its previous setting. For DV thats Lower field first; upper field first for HDV.
Create a new track above the main video (Ctrl+Shift +Q). Drag the still image from the Project Media pool and butt it up against the Marker.
Hover near the top left corner of the still. Notice the pointer changes into a pie piece. Click and drag to the right to add a short fade-in to this Event.
Navigate to the Transitions tab. Search for the Flash transition in the left pane and then the Soft Flash Preset in the right pane. Drag and drop the Preset to the fade in you just created and release. To prevent the dialog box from showing, hold Shift while you drag and drop the Preset.
Adjust the timing as needed. Also, consider adding a sound effect in sync with the flash transition to complete the illusion. As for the exit, you could add a Flash transition to return back to the original video or whatever makes sense for your projects needs. Here I split the video and moved it to align with the stills fade out to keep the original action intact.
Creating still images from video footage and using them in your Vegas projects is a helpful technique to know. Here is how the finished example looks.
Jeffrey P. Fisher is a Sony Vegas Certified Trainer and he co-hosts the Sony Acid, Sony Sound Forge, and Sony Vegas forums on Digital Media Net (www.dmnforums.com). For more information visit his Web site at www.jeffreypfisher.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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