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.
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
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
View from the London Eye
Matlock Bath cable cars
Feeding pelicans at Blackbrook Zoo
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.
This video is also on YouTube in HD so you can compare the quality.