3 Replies Latest reply on May 1, 2015 9:57 AM by Zac Lam

    Custom overlays and modifying Safe Margins?

    ian_j

      Hi folks,


      I had a quick question and haven't been able to find proper information when researching... but would creating custom overlays and modifying the safe margin be theoretically possible within the SDK? If so what approach would be taken to do so?

       

      If there is documentation on creating things such as this, and I've missed it, I apologize for wasting your time - however pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated!

       

      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Custom overlays and modifying Safe Margins?
          Zac Lam Adobe Employee

          Hi Ian,

           

          You can modify the Safe Margin in the Project Settings > General > Action and Title Safe Areas.

           

          There's no plug-in type for creating custom overlays for the Source and Program Monitors.  I'm not sure what your idea is, but perhaps could achieve something similar using an effect plug-in.  Effect plug-ins built using the After Effects SDK can have "Custom Composition UI", so that when the effect is applied to a clip and its header is selected in the Effect Controls Panel, it can draw over the video in the Monitor.  You could create an adjustment layer and apply the effect to that clip, so that you could have an overlay over the entire timeline.

          • 2. Re: Custom overlays and modifying Safe Margins?
            ian_j Level 1

            Interesting... though that definitely wouldn't allow me to implement what I had in mind, at least not practically speaking. It would work great for a one-time situation but not day-to-day stuff.

             

            As for modifying safe margins... is there any method for including custom images (png, etc) as overlays? The menu you're referring to doesn't appear to have a setting for that. I'm basically looking to block out certain "safe" sections of video with an overlay for quick checking within my workflow.

             

            Thanks for the answer, I appreciate it!

            • 3. Re: Custom overlays and modifying Safe Margins?
              Zac Lam Adobe Employee

              Hi Ian,

               

              Custom overlays for safe margins are not supported at this time...