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  • Create Custom Length Preset Solid Color in Media Generator

     Red-Rob Rothkopf updated 1 week, 4 days ago 4 Members · 19 Posts
  • Rich Kutnick

    December 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I scoured Google but could not find an answer on how to create a custom length preset for a solid color in Media Generator. It appears that it doesn’t matter which version of Vegas Pro one is using (I am using V18). Every time I attempt to create a new preset by changing the Duration (under settings for the clip) and giving it a new name before I save it, when I now drag down the new preset from the plugin list it reverts back to 10 seconds (my preset duration seems to default to 9 seconds 29 frames, to be exact, but the timeline shows 10 seconds–perhaps this is because I am editing in 59.940p?). Nevertheless, the problem is that the preset does not hold the 1 second duration I saved. I use 1 second black clips in between scenes, so it would be great if I could have a saved preset for this! For now, I have to manually create the first 1 second clip on the timeline and then copy/paste each subsequent one, but it seems that such a complex program would allow one to do such a simple thing. Any ideas on how to accomplish this?

  • Edward Troxel

    December 7, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Create a selection area, right-click the track in that selection area, Insert the new generated media from the pop-up menu, and it should be the length of the selection area.

  • Rich Kutnick

    December 12, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    With all due respect to your knowledge and advice, Ed, I followed this hint–HOWEVER, this takes just as many steps and effort as I now take by dragging down the 10 sec generated media clip and splitting or dragging the event on the timeline to my desired 1 second length. I am looking for a method to create a preset as is done with other effects so that I do not have to go through these multiple steps. If creating an actual preset does not work (and why not I cannot understand), creating a script was mentioned. Since I do not know how to do this, might you offer some advice about doing this or any other method to create a 1-step process?

  • Graham Bernard

    December 16, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I am looking for a method to create a preset as is done with other effects so that I do not have to go through these multiple steps.

    Hi Rich! – Well I can repro the issue with this. I’ve tried all the settings to get a ONE Second White without success. So I thought about this for a bit and applied and what I came up with is another setting. There is an overriding with this and that’s this:

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    Solid Colour Inserts appear to be regarded as Stills and the Duration of Stills are set in Preferences. If I reset this to ONE Second I can get what you’re after, but then this will be true for ALL stills thereafter.


  • Rich Kutnick

    December 17, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, Graham. HOWEVER, my VP 18 has different results!


    My New still image length is set at 5 seconds (300 frames at 59.940 fps). Regardless what number I set this to, my Solid Color Images all remain at 10 seconds. However, if I bring in stills (such as photo jpegs) to the timeline, they default to the number of seconds set in this Editing tab. I made 5 seconds my default time for producing video and photo montages. Whenever I change this number, the stills I drag to the timeline are this number of seconds, BUT the Solid Color stills internally generated in the Media Generator remain at 10 seconds!

    So apparently your workaround does not work on my system!


  • Graham Bernard

    December 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    So, you can’t even adjust the GenMed Length in Edit Prefs, then when you Insert a Solid Colour you get this 10 second? I’ve just repeated my approach and I’ve got it down to 1 sec, provided I’ve also set that Still Duration to 1 sec.

  • Graham Bernard

    December 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Well, after adjusting the actual Properties of the GenMed to 00:00:01;00 I’ve now got 1-second length GenMeds all along the Timeline. Can you see the 1-second Notches?

  • Rich Kutnick

    December 17, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I don’t know what the problem is, but I will tell you that having everything blurred out but one item does not show me where in the UI you are. Perhaps if you can go step-by-step exactly what you are doing with accompanying screenshots that show complete boxes I may be able to replicate what you are doing. Thanks in advance, Graham.

  • Edward Troxel

    December 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    The only way I can think of to do exactly what you want would be using a script.

  • Rich Kutnick

    December 19, 2020 at 1:29 am

    I’m not against that suggestion, Ed. Do you have a link for how to write such a script, or does one need special training in order to perform this? Do you know of anyone who may have written one or who may have a desire to do so?

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