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Adding watermarks

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Video: Adding watermarks

Filters do give us a lot of power, and one of the uses I personally love is the idea of watermarking my video in some way. And there are three major ones we're going to look at. We can pick any setting we want. I'm going to pick, for this one, the DVD Settings. So I'll pick, for example, my MPEG-2 for DVD. And at least for DVDs you've got to remember of course that you also have to build the audio, which is a separate element. But I've picked all my video here. I'm on the Filters tab-- that's the fourth tab over from the left-- and I'm just going to scroll to the bottom.

Adding watermarks

Filters do give us a lot of power, and one of the uses I personally love is the idea of watermarking my video in some way. And there are three major ones we're going to look at. We can pick any setting we want. I'm going to pick, for this one, the DVD Settings. So I'll pick, for example, my MPEG-2 for DVD. And at least for DVDs you've got to remember of course that you also have to build the audio, which is a separate element. But I've picked all my video here. I'm on the Filters tab-- that's the fourth tab over from the left-- and I'm just going to scroll to the bottom.

I've got three items here that are used for the concept of an overlay or a watermark. I have the actual Watermark one, and for this you need to select an external file. You can actually select Motion files that have transparency, but the most common one you would pick is a PNG file, because PNG files hold transparency, unlike JPEGs do. The second one that you might pick is a Timecode Generator. Well, we'll turn this one on, sure. And when we turn this on, you can see the timecode in the lower right.

And as I scrub across the file, you can see that timecode shows up here. You have the ability to change what that timecode starts at. The one I'm going to pick though, the one that I find is most useful, is the Text Overlay. And the overlay text I'm going to pick here is For Approval Only. You'll notice it appears on the right side, because I've got this set for it. I'm just looking for a nice clear frame. There we go. We have this set for Lower Right--Title Safe. I can choose where this goes. I'll say, for example, how about dead center? And you'll see it's cut off.

That's what this little switch at the top does. It allows me to scrub on and off. This is the before. This is the after. You can see it says, "For Approval Only," here. Now, I would never put it there. I might put it at lower center, and that's going to be outside of Title Safe, meaning that it won't appear in broadcast, but it's there on our actual video. I can also change the font and the color. I don't think I'm telling you anything special about how to change fonts on a Macintosh. I want to make the font quite a bit larger.

I might pick a different font, like a bold font. I might pull back the alpha, making it see-through. And when I go to compress this video, it will add that filter. If you're going to use this on a regular basis, I would highly recommend saving this. This gets saved as part of the settings, so it doesn't make a difference which setting you pick of your group. You can start with any setting and add these sort of filters. Since I'm going to use this again, I'm going to choose to save this, and I'm going to call this MPEG2 DVD with Filters For Approval Only, watermark.

Let's put Text, For Approval Only. And that way I can reuse this again in the future. So this is a perfect use of any of these three bottom ones-- the Text Overlay, the Timecode Generator, or the Watermark--to put a branding on your video, making it easy for you to maintain some level of copyright protection, or to let the client know what its end use is for.

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