Image Preparation for Holiday Intro Video

Image Preparation for Holiday Intro Video
In this tutorial, we will begin to work on the four-scene holiday season motion graphics intro video, by preparing the three images that we chose for our video in the last tutorial. We know that our video dimensions in MotionR will be 1280 x 720 pixels and the images are 1920 x 1280 pixels.

As you can see in the Storyboard, the intro takes three images with the third image spanning over two scenes. All three images were downloaded from Below we will discuss the changes I needed to make to the photos for each scene.

One technique that I often use to test which part of an image is best is to use an overlay layer with a 1280 x 720 cut out area. I can move the overlay over the image, until I find the area that works.

Image No 1

This image of the winter berries is 1920 x 1280 pixels. Because we will not be moving the image, we can crop the image slightly larger than the cut out area.

Image No 2

The image of the two squirrels took a little more work. It is a combination of two images. To make it appear that the squirrels where together, I needed to resize the larger squirrel to the same size as the other. I also flipped one of the squirrels so that he will be facing inward on the screen. Finally, I needed to enlarge the image a little so that we can start with it filling the screen and than zoom in closer on to the squirrels. I couldn't enlarge the actual size of the squirrels because that will lower the photo quality. So I added more snow on both sides of the squirrels and more sky.

Image No 3

We will be animating the third image to start with the top of the trees on the screen and then move the image upward until the holiday decorations are visible. We will be using most of this image so let's leave it as is.

The video will have a 25 second duration with 30 frames per second. Our next step is to decide when each image will appear on the screen. When we import the images, we will adjust the In or Out Points for its Object Bar to the exact frames that we want it to appear.

Frosty Red Berries, Squirrel In Winter and Squirrel In Snow by Petr Kratochvil

Winter Background by Larisa Koshkina

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