Please forgive me, as I know this has probably been explained a million times. But when I search using the keywords video, frame and transparency, I get a lot of results that are for other questions. Quite simply, I am creating a show that features a slide containing video footage. Since the resolution of the video is less than ideal, I will reduce the size of the image. I need to create a decorative frame graphic, in which the video will play, thus allowing the slide as a whole to fill the screen (see how video, slide and screen can have multiple meanings in Producer?)
Anyway, my guess is I can create something in Photoshop, but I cannot remember how to make this graphic a mask, with its center transparent so the video layer shows through. Any help, or a brief masks refresher would be greatly appreciated!
You aren't going to make it a mask, you're making a frame with a transparent center ... you'll place it over the video and the video will show through the center hole.
You can resize your video as desired and position it underneath the frame graphic. The reason the graphic you created in Photoshop is the same aspect as the show is so that it will effectively have a 1 to 1 resize upon import. It also gives you considerable control over the exact size of the "hole" through which the video will shine thorough ... and lets you create your "frame" with the exact dimensions you need ... upon import into PSP, it won't distort.
That's the top level planning for what you want. You just need to do the specifics. I hope I've pointed you in the right direction tho.
You can add a background layer.
Then resize your video the same way you do a picture.
Then you can make use of the vignette or the border to add a frame.
Look for the "Border_Widescreen.png" file in the Media Source> ProShow Gold >Borders area of the built-in content of the program. It's a black frame with a transparent hole in the middle. Place it over the video and size using the zoom slider. There is no ability to re-size the aspect ration of the hole precisely by unlocking the x/y zoom like in Producer, but it will do in a pinch.
If your show is being designed in 4:3, then choose "Border_Standard.png" instead.
It would probably look better though to use a nice matching colored background under the video and selecting the outline sized to 5, if you don't wish to design your own fancy png file frame to do the job. I'm not sure if Gold has the size setting feature for the outline though. Using the outline is limiting but if you can get a size 5 out of it, it's not too bad.
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