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  • Stumped on Magnifying glass effect!

    Posted by Bruce Quayle on December 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Hello to all,
    I have been working all day to try and find a way of creating a magnifying glass effect…alas to no avail.

    I have produced all the elements I believed I needed in Corel PaintShop (and some) / Magnifying glass with alpha background / Magnifying glass with alpha bg + chroma circle where the glass is / Independent chroma circle on alpha bg / Independent chroma circle on black bg. I’ve even got a magnifying glass with chroma circle insert on a black background!

    However, no matter what I do with various combinations of video lines and parent/child relationships, I can’t achieve the effect I need.

    I’m looking to have the magnifying glass move over a chart, and where it moves, so the area of the glass becomes a magnified version of the chart below.

    I’m sure this should be possible…just don’t have the experience I guess.

    Could someone please steer me in the right direction with this project…I’m in a bit of a bind.


    Andrew Lenczycki replied 12 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • Steve Rhoden

    December 10, 2011 at 4:23 am

    What you tried to do earlier will not work.
    NewblueFX has a perfect magnifying effect that is exactly
    what you are looking for, go to the site, find it and
    try the trial.

    Steve Rhoden
    (Cow Leader)
    Film Maker
    Filmex Creative Media.

  • Bruce Quayle

    December 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I managed to achieve the effect eventually by using the magnifying glass with the alpha bg and CK insert on the top line and a matching cookie cutter circle on an zoomed-in copy of the third video line in between it and the top video line. Then I matched the movement of the glass exactly.

    It was a fairly complicated method and it would have been greatly simplified if I knew how to copy key-frames from one track motion line to another. I was only able to match positions of each independent key-frame. Do you know of any method to copy track movement from one track to another…along with all the key-frame positions? If there is no way to do it, this would be a wonderful addition to Vegas in some future update/version.


  • Andrew Lenczycki

    December 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    To copy keyframes, you need to be in the keyframe editing dialog box (to my knowledge, you CAN’T do this straight onto a track) by selecting the Track Motion button on the track header, select the first keyframe “diamond”, then either shift-click on the last keyframe “diamond” (you want to copy) or CTRL-click on individual keyframe “diamonds”. Once you have all the keyframes you want selected by the method above, right-click on any of the selected keyframe diamonds and select Copy from the menu.

    Now go to the track you want to copy the keyframes TO, press the Track Motion button again to bring up the track motion dialog box, and move the cursor to the time location you want the copied keyframes to start “from”, click the new keyframe button, then right-click on this new keyframe diamond and select Paste from the menu. The keyframes selected will be pasted into this new track, beginning at the location of the cursor when you created the new keyframe diamond. Sorry, very wordy, but in practice, very easy to do (I use this technique a lot).

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