Video Editing Tutorials

Using Mask Designer in PowerDirector 15

By CyberLink Learning Center

For PowerDirector 15, we have also greatly enhanced the masking functionality. In our previous version of PowerDirector, masking was a feature of the PiP Designer room, but with PowerDirector 15 you can use our new Mask Designer with improved features – such as keyfram control and the capability to add text or import an image directly to create a mask. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a text mask using the new and improved Mask Designer.

Step 1. Creating a mask using Mask Designer

First, drag and drop your video footage from the media room into the second line of the timeline (track 2.).

Next, select your footage and then click on the Designer button at the center of your screen and select Mask Designer to enter into the Mask Designer interface.

To create a mask, click on Create Mask.

Then enter the text you would like to appear in your video footage. If you would like to adjust the font style, font size, etc. you can do so on the left side of the panel under Font Type. To adjust the text mask itself you can resize directly from the preview window on the left side of the panel.

If you wish to add even more text into the mask, click on theat the top of the panel to add another text box.

If you wish to add even more text into the mask, click on theat the top of the panel to add another text box.

Click on the OK button to go back into the Mask Designer interface. You will now see that your mask has been created. If you feel that everything looks ready to go, click on OK again to go back to the timeline.

Step 2. Adding the background video

To complete this task you will need to add in the same video as the background, and as you did before, drag and drop you footage, but this time into the first line of the timeline (track 1.).

In this example you will blur the background video to make sure the text mask shows clearly. First, go to the “Effect Room” by clicking on the

con on the far left side of your screen. Then drag-and-drop the “Gaussian Blur” effect onto timeline track 1.

Next, you will add a transition into the very beginning of your background footage on track 1 and you can do so clicking on the icon on the far left side of the screen to enter into the “Transition Room” and then drag-and-drop the “Fade” transition into the beginning of track 1’s video footage.

Step 3. Adding Frames & Shadow

The very last step is to add both a frame and a shadow to the text object in your footage, to let it really stand out in the video. To do so, simply double click on your object in track 2 and the PiP Designer will automatically pop up. Under the Border tab you can adjust color, size, etc. of your title. For example, in the image below you can see a white title with a border size at 1.

Finally, go to the Shadow tab to add a shadow to your taste. Here you can adjust the size, direction, etc.

When you have completed everything you set out to do, press the OK button to go back to the timeline. Below is an example of adjustments you just made.

Click here to see these effects in action!

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