...or use the "rounded corners" effect with a colored border.
Or drop the video into a new sequence, scale it down a little and put any border, still or video, behind it by putting it on a lower track. Then use the new sequence as a nested clip in the original sequence and scale it/postition it to your liking.
Lots of ways to skin this particular cat.
Thank you all for your helpful replies. I had tried the 'bevelled edges' but didn't like that at all. I will try the other suggestions. Many thanks again. Pete
1. Add a grid to the clip.
- Anchor Point 0,0.
- Size from Width and Height.
- Width = clip width.
- Height = clip height
- Color, Feather and Opacity to taste
- ! Important. Blending Mode = Normal
2. Add Crop (so the grid does not expand to the sequence size)
You can resize and position to your taste, add a Drop shadow etc...
Am I the only one who "discovered" this??
As Ann said, there are many ways to do things, and while yours works just fine, I don't know that it is either the easiest or the most intuitive.
Using the Grid is restricting you to a color instead of a pattern or video as a border. And yes, you may very well be the only person who has ever used the Grid in that manner. It certainly would never have occured to me to try it.
I think its a neat trick.
The borders are in all in ratio, which you often dont have. Like the one with the radial shadow.
Then you have to alter the scaling or nest.
Looks like the Clip Effect from earlier version.
You, of course, have to scale and position, but you do not need to nest.
What I like about this solution is that it is simple, you can save this as a preset and recall it whenever you need, tweeking the parameters to your liking.
I was talking about when you add e.g. a white color matte under a video.
The ratio is off. The border is not equal on all sides, then you have to nest and adjust the width.
Using the Grid effect is interesting, and I don't mean to belittle the fact that you came up with something I don't think anyone else has seen before, but the fact is that it is not a CUDA accelerated effect, and therefore is harder on the PC. I try to avoid those. I am in the middle of a project now that has this kind of effect and having to render really just annoys the heck out of me but I had no choice.
Yes, you are right it is not a CUDA accelerated effect. If you have many of those, it will slow down your workflow...
sometimes. you HAVE to render...
Yes, so true.
The thing is, I went for months without rendering, due to the nature of my workflow and the content of my videos. When I tried to stack a bunch of pictures like the one above, all of a sudden the alpha channel stopped working and the top image covered the rest, It took me a few minutes to notice the red line. Once I rendered it all worked again. But it really did catch me by surprise.
You screendump is a good example of the borders not being equal.
And I am very picky about that.
Radial shadow is not cuda either.
OH! I made them unequal on purpose! I thought it looked more torn than even borders. No?
You think I should even them out? I was going for the scrapbook look. If you think it would look better, I could easily do that, I think.
But yes, you are correct, none of the effects I used when following the tutorial are CUDA. But I rather like the effect, so I went with it.
Sorry I have to say this but it looks to me like you slapped it together very quickly.
I like it nice and even or make into a polaroid.
For me its the same as looking at a crooked horizon of the ocean, the one where the water drains...
Well, in that case, I think I will just have to change what I am doing. I thought I was being a bit creative, but since creativity is not my strongest trait, I will gladly accept your opinion. It isn't too late, so thanks for providing your feedback.
I thought of using the Polaroid thing, with the larger white area below the pic, but I am using a video aspect ratio that would not accomodate that option. I also have to work around the fact that there are two children in many of the shots who I am not allowed to have in the final output so creative cropping is the way to go. That is why the snapshot effect is being used primarily. To hide the fact that I am cropping them out.
This is a marketing piece for the school and the parents have refused to sign the release.
Thanks Ann. I appreciate the input.