3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 26, 2008 8:03 PM by Andrew Yoole

    Import Qucktime movie, add graphic to movie

    Level 1
      Hello Forum,
      I have a quicktime movie that I would like to add a cartoon-like balloon caption with some text in it. It would be a similar action like adding a text layer over a background layer in photoshop.

      I have a place in the movie where I would like to add a text balloon.
      Can I do this in After Effects?

      I recently obtained the product, but have not yet started using it.

      Thanks
      Eholz1
        • 1. Re: Import Qucktime movie, add graphic to movie
          Ko Maruyama User Group Manager
          If you have PhotoshopCS3 Extended, you can do it right inside of Photoshop! (previously outlined on ninjacrayon.com, I'll try to find the link)

          For the most basic composition, you'll probably want to have two layers.

          Open New AE Project.

          Drag your QuickTime movie to the project panel
          Drag your text balloon to the project panel

          With the QuickTime selected, use FILE->New Composition from Selection (there are a ton of ways to do the same)

          Drag your text balloon to the timeline panel

          1 (top layer): text balloon with text (PSD is great)
          2 (video layer): untreated QuickTime

          You may need to "trim" the balloon layer's In/Out points so that it appears only over the area that you want to annotate.

          With the comp active, select: COMPOSITION: MAKE MOVIE from the file pulldown menu. Press Render.

          There are SO MANY WAYS to make an interesting animation with this, but if you've never used the application before, this might get you on your way. Don't forget to check out the online help and resource guides too.
          • 2. Re: Import Qucktime movie, add graphic to movie
            Level 1
            Hello,
            Thanks for the tip. I will try it out.
            One question, does it have to be Photoshop Extended, or can it be
            Photoshop CS3.

            Thanks Again,

            eric
            • 3. Re: Import Qucktime movie, add graphic to movie
              Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
              Only Photoshop CS3 Extended has Quicktime/Animation features.