Choose FILE > Export as video... to export a BluffTitler show as a video file.
The following 5 settings are important when creating a video file:
This is the size of the video in pixels. Use the menu item FILE > Set show resolution... to set the resolution.
This is the animation speed in number of frames per second. Use the menu item FILE > Export as video... to set the framerate.
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. Learn more
Use AVI when the video is a temporary file meant for further processing in your video editing app (NLE). Uncompressed is recommended. This gives you the best possible quality. Do not worry about the huge file size because the file is only temporary and will be compressed by your NLE when your video is published.
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.
A lossless codec that supports transparency is Lagarith
Choose SETTINGS > High quality to switch to high quality. Unless you have a very fast machine, edit in normal quality and export in high quality.
BluffTitler uses the MP4 encoder that comes with Windows. The format is H.264/AAC and the technology Media Foundation (MF).
Unfortunately this encoder has undocumented limitations. If you have problems exporting as MP4, try the following:
Alternatively you can export as AVI and use your NLE to convert to MP4.
This page gives you tips for using BluffTitler in combination with the following apps:
Choose FILE > Import to import a video file into Adobe Premiere.
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There are no issues with AVS Video Editor.
For more info visit avs4you.com
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
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.
ivsEdits has no problems importing transparent videos.
For more info visit ivs.it
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.
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 vegascreativesoftware.com
Drag and drop the video file from the file browser onto the timeline.
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.
MAGIX Video deLuxe version 2007 and later support transparency. To import a transparent video perform the following steps:
For more info visit magix.com
Choose FILE > Import... or drop the video file onto WMM.
Movie Maker can import transparent AVIs, but seems to ignore the transparency information.
Drag the video file from the folders list to the timeline.
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 requires the Producer version.
Select the Edit tab and use the dropdown and the two buttons to the right of the dropdown to select the BluffTitler created video file. Selected video files can be dragged onto the timeline.
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.
If your Studio 10 created DVDs stutter you have to switch from Best Quality to Automatic Quality.
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Use Uncompressed AVI or Numbered Frames for maximum quality.
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.
Select the desired Rack and right click in the content window and choose Import, Media Clip.
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.
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EditStudio has no problems importing BluffTitler generated videos.
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
There are no issues importing BluffTitler generated video files into Serif MoviePlus 4 and Serif MoviePlus 5.
For more info visit serif.com
Drag and drop the video file from the file browser(library) onto the timeline.
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.
VideoStudio does not scale video files to fullscreen, so make sure the resolution of the title animation matches the resolution of the background video.
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