Have you ever wondered how to make your text look like it is under water for a video project you were working on? It has been something I have been interested in lately. In this post, I will show you how to create this effect in Sony Vegas Pro 8.0.
If you do not have Sony Vegas Pro 8.0, here is the link to download the trial version at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro. This is a great product for the money if you cannot afford the Adobe suite.Let's first start a new project in Sony by clicking on the new project icon in the top-left corner below File (Figure A).
These compositing modes allow you to achieve looks like you see on CSI: Miami. It is almost a digital colored lens for your camera in post production.The default for all footage is called Source Alpha and shows you the footage in its raw state prior to effects. (Source Alpha is a topic for another day.) With these different settings, you will get different looks to your footage without any preset effects from the effects menu (Figure D).
Once that is completed, navigate to your water layer and open the compositing mode. Next, select 3D source alpha, and you now have a water font. This could prove useful as opening credits to a movie about underwater adventures with Aqua Man or something else. Use your imagination.
Let's get back to fractal noise and how it fits in the big picture. Let's just say you do not have any stock video footage of water. No problem, we can make our own. Let me explain.
First, navigate to your project media window and locate the tabs along the bottom. The fourth tab is labeled Media Generators.Proceed by choosing Noise Texture from the list (Figure J). Now select the soft clouds preset and drag it into your timeline. Your settings window will pop up, and the magic will begin to happen. At the bottom you will see Progress (in degrees) and you will see your key frame timeline for the footage (Figure K).
Repeat all the steps mentioned before, and it will give you the feeling of being under water. Don't be afraid to experiment with this and come up with various ways of accomplishing the same results. This will, in the end, broaden your knowledge of the software.