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>i'm trying to add a watermark with one half of the logo covering the footage and the other half the black bar.
I don't understand what that means. What black bar?
Upper and lower which you also see in widescreen films. Sorry my English isn't perfect.
And why do you need to crop the video?
So I don't have inconsistency with some parts of my edit/footage.
Sorry but that just confused me further. Let's take a step back.
What is your source media? (DV, HDV, P2, other? If DV is it 1.2 PAR Widescreen, or .9 PAR Standard?)
What project preset are you working in?
I'm sorry. Source media are .AVI files.
This is the project preset;
Editing mode: DV PAL
Timebase: 25,00 fps
Frame size: 720h 576v (1,422)
Frame rate: 25,00 frames/second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1/DV PAL Widescreen 16:9 (1.422)
Fields: Lower Field First
Try putting a drop shadow on the logo in Photoshop before using it in Premiere Pro. Perhaps there is something wrong with your logo if it does not work in Premiere Pro or After Effects
Are you sure? Because when I crop the video when I'm exporting, the logo will get cut in half. The logo I received is a very high-res .PNG file which I have to scale down in Photoshop otherwise it will look horrendous in Premiere when I try scale it down there.
Apply the logo in Premiere Pro. But fix it in Photoshop first. Bring it in to Photoshop to scale it. Set up a drop shadow, very soft and widely dispersed.
DV hates sharp edges. So soften the edges first.
Also, make sure that the logo does not use transparency in the logo. Straight alpha channels are better, because fade outs (partially transparent Alpha channels) don't work right in Premiere Pro.
Thanks Steven, I'll try that. So how do I add a watermark?
Watermarks can be made by applying Opacity effect to a suitable graphic. Adding a little Alpha Glow effect can assist them read well over various BG shades.
I'm still confused about why you're cropping anything. You're working in a widescreen preset. I assume you have widescreen DV clips. What's the crop for? And how'd you end up with letterbox bars working in widescreen?
Either there's something I'm not getting, or you're doing things in a really strange way.
Well, when I import the widescreen AVI files, they show up smaller in the preview window so I have to stretch them so they fill the screen. To prevent any inconsistencies (like 1 edit is slightly larger than the other) I crop it within the Adobe Media Encoder menu.
Been there, done that. I understand it. It is not uncommon to mix 16:9 and 4:3 by doing it that way. Sometimes it is better to cut the edges of the 16:9, sometimes not.
Just solve the logo problem and you'll be fine.
Man I'm still lost on what's exactly going on. Even using a 4:3 clip that's scaled to fit 16:9, there should be no black bars, and no need to crop.
Maybe Steven is the better one to handle this.
You have 16:9 footage with really good stuff at the extreme right and the extreme left. SO you want to keep it that way. You also have 4:3 that you don't want to scale up. SO you use a 4:3 project. Now you have two choices. You can crop all of the 4:3 footage, or, when you get all done editing with both 16:9 and 4:3 you export the entire mixed clip as a 4:3 clip. Import that into Premiere Pro and crop the entire clip to look letterboxed. Now add a logo that happens to sit near the bottom right and some of it is over video, and some is over black letterbox.
Only none of this is relevant other than to explain that he has a problem with his logo in that it looks pixelated.
Solve the pixelation and the other explanation is not relevant.
I guess I don't necessarily agree with that, as I found it possible (even likely) that his work flow could be the cause of the problem. But without understanding exactly what he's doing, I can't know that for sure.
I leave it to you.