How to export your show

How do I export my BluffTitler show?

Choose FILE > Export as video... to export a BluffTitler show as a video file.


The following 4 settings are important when creating a video file:

1 RESOLUTION

This is the size of the video in pixels. Use the menu item FILE > Set show resolution... to set the resolution.

2 FRAMERATE

This is the animation speed in number of frames per second. Use the menu item FILE > Export as video... to set the framerate.

3 FORMAT

BluffTitler can export its shows as MP4 and AVI files. Use the menu item FILE > Export as video... to set the format.

MP4 (MPEG-4) is the best choice when your video is the final product. BluffTitler uses Microsoft's Media Foundation to encode your video to H.264/AAC. Set the profile in the Drivers tab of the SETTINGS > Options... dialog. Windows 10 is required to export in 4K. However, in 4K the maximum framerate the Windows encoder can handle seems to be 25 fps. Learn more

Use AVI when the video is a temporary product meant for further processing in your video editing app (NLE). When selecting Compressed AVI, a dialog is displayed allowing you to select any of the DirectShow encoder filters (codecs) installed on your system. Choose Uncompressed AVI to encode your video in your NLE or other video encoding tool.

4 TRANSPARENCY

BluffTitler can create videos with transparency information (RGBA). You can do this by selecting one of the with transparency options in the FILE > Export as video... dialog. This is useful when you want to overlay your titles onto your videos.

Video editing apps (NLEs)

Adobe Premiere

Choose FILE > Import to import a video file into Adobe Premiere.

For more info visit adobe.com

AVS Video Editor

There are no issues with AVS Video Editor, it gives excellent results. Export the BT animations as full frame AVIs (uncompressed) and then use AVS Video Editor to burn them to a DVD.

For more info visit avs4you.com

Grass Valley's EDIUS

The latest version of Grass Valley's EDIUS can import video files in any resolution and framerate.

For more info visit grassvalley.com

For the best result export your show with the Grass Valley HQX Codec

ivsEdits

Importing a video

Right click in the Repository window, choose Add Files > From Project Folders and drag the thumbnail of the video from the repository to the timeline.

Transparency

ivsEdits has no problems importing transparent videos.

For more info visit ivs.it

MAGIX Video deLuxe

Importing a video

Drag and drop the AVI files from the file browser onto the timeline.

AVI limitations

MAGIX Video deLuxe version 2007 and later support transparency. Older versions do not support AVIs with transparency info. Apart from that all resolutions and framerates are accepted: MAGIX scales them to the required resolution.

Transparency

MAGIX Video deLuxe version 2007 and later support transparency. To import a transparent video perform the following steps:

  • click the right mouse button
  • open Video Effect
  • click on Black Box in Mix FX

For more info visit magix.com

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker

Importing a video

Choose FILE > Import... or drop the AVI file onto WMM.

AVI limitations

No limitations.

Transparency

Movie Maker can import transparent AVIs, but seems to ignore the transparency information.

Photodex Proshow

Importing AVIs into Photodex Proshow

Drag the AVI file from the folders list to the timeline.

Transparency

Proshow does not support transparent AVIs, but it can use another video as a mask. You can create this mask video by applying the System/ViewAlphaChannel effect to the camera layer. Let both the FX Invert and the FX Checkerboard properties to 0 (video must be white on a black background) and export your video as AVI with Transparency (Compressed or Uncompressed, as you want).

This trick works in the Gold (light) as well as the Producer version.

Pinnacle Studio

Importing AVIs into Pinnacle Studio

Select the Edit tab and use the dropdown and the two buttons to the right of the dropdown to select the BluffTitler created AVI file. Selected AVI files can be dragged onto the timeline.

Transparency

Transparent AVIs can be dropped on the overlay track of the timeline. This way they are rendered transparently on top of the video track.

Studio 10 can handle transparancy, but older versions seem to have problems handling transparent AVIs. If Studio complains about not being able to read your AVI file you will have to export your shows without transparency.

Stuttering DVDs

If your Studio 10 created DVDs stutter you have to switch from Best Quality to Automatic Quality.

Memory problems

Pinnacle uses a lot of system resources, including precious video memory that BluffTitler requires for high quality antialiasing. For maximum quality it is best not to keep Pinnacle and BluffTitler open at the same time.

For more info visit pinnaclesys.com

Pinnacle Liquid

BluffTitler exports which are not to be overlaid over video

Use Uncompressed AVI or Numbered Frames for maximum quality.

BluffTitler exports which are to be overlaid over video

Use the Uncompressed AVI with Transparency option. If file output size is an issue and you still wish to overlay an animation, you can use Liquid's Chroma Key option. Choose FILE > Set background colour... in BluffTitler to set the background colour. Once imported into Liquid you can use the Keying Editor located under Classic Clip FX/Editors with little or no adjustments.

When the BluffTitler exports are imported into Liquid Edition 5.5 they will need to be rendered as DV Quality before they can be used within the NLE. This usually starts automatically because of the "Background Render" feature of Liquid Edition 5.5.

Importing AVIs into Liquid Edition

Select the desired Rack and right click in the content window and choose Import, Media Clip.

Further antialiasing in Liquid Edition

If required you can further antialias a BluffTitler animation by using the Gaussian Blur option from the Classic Filter Editor and set the Horizontal Radius & Vertical Radius both to 0.4.

Bitmap problem

Bitmaps (.BMP files) exported from Liquid Edition are dispayed as a white screen in BluffTitler. Loading the bitmap into Paint and saving the image again corrects the problem.

Memory problems

Pinnacle uses a lot of system resources, including precious video memory that BluffTitler requires for high quality antialiasing. For maximum quality it is best not to keep Pinnacle and BluffTitler open at the same time.

For more info visit pinnaclesys.com

PureMotion EditStudio

EditStudio has no problems importing BluffTitler generated videos.

Transparency

ES does not yet suppport AVI with transparency, so use the chroma key - and that is easy to use in ES.

For more info visit mediachance.com

Serif MoviePlus

There are no issues importing BluffTitler generated AVI files into Serif MoviePlus 4 and Serif MoviePlus 5.

For more info visit serif.com

Sony Vegas

Transparency

Vegas does not automatically recognize the alpha (transparency) channel in the AVI files. You can instruct Vegas to use the alpha channel by right clicking on the video in the timeline, choosing Properties and setting the Alpha Channel dropdown in the Media tab to Straight (unmatted).

Make sure to place the transparent video in the Video Overlay track.

Peculiarities

Vegas 5 refuses to import files from a path containing the word "TITLE" - all uppercase. If ANY or ALL of the letters are lowercase, there is no problem reading or finding the file. Change the folder name, or move the file in question and you should not have any problems opening it.

The Sony Vegas Movie Studio (little brother to Vegas) works the exact same way as the main Vegas application. The lite version can also handle transparent AVIs. You need to click the video event properties, followed by the media properties to select the premultiplied dirty option.

For more info visit sony.com

Ulead VideoStudio

Importing a video

Drag and drop the AVI files from the file browser(library) onto the timeline.

AVI limitations

VideoStudio can handle all AVI formats.

Transparency

VideoStudio can handle AVI files with transparency. In the timeline mode (not the default storyboard mode) you can see two video tracks. Drag the background video to the first track and the transparent AVI to the second. For some reason you have to switch between tracks a couple of times before the two video tracks are mixed correctly.

Peculiarities

VideoStudio does not scale AVI files to fullscreen, so make sure the resolution of the title animation matches the resolution of the background video.

For more info visit ulead.com