In this video, discover how to start opening projects, reloading missing files, and using backups.
- [Instructor] So how do you open a project in Silhouette, and what happens if the footage is missing? Let's see how that works. To open up a project, go to file, open project. Here, I'll go to the Silhouette folder included with your exercise files and we'll start with the zero introduction folder. Here is one project saved out. And each project has its own folder. Go into that folder, and there you'll see a project.sfx file. And that's the one you want to open. Select that, click open, and there's the project. Now if the directory path for the footage included with that project changes, you might find that the viewer is empty and the thumbnail for the footage over here at the left is empty and gray. I'll demonstrate that by selecting that footage icon and temporarily changing the path so it's incorrect. Now you can see that when I scrub the viewer, it's empty and the thumbnail is gray. How do you fix that? Well it's easy; select that footage icon, go to the file over here, and browse for the correct location. With this course, all the footage is in the footage folder. I just have to find the correct image sequence in this case, which is called car. I'll select the first frame, open, and the path is corrected. You'll see the thumbnail and now when I scrub the timeline, the footage is back. While we're talking about projects, I should note that Silhouette also creates automatic backups, which you can open. Go to file, open project. You'll see that the project folder automatically includes a backup folder. I'm not going to include my own backups with your project files, but if you work on a project for a fair amount of time, you'll get your own new backups. I'll go to a folder where I know I have quite a few backups right now, and that's in my basics folder. I know this particular project has quite a few. Into my backup folder, and here I have five backup files. These also end in .sfx and they're numbered. I can look at the date and time to figure out which one's the latest like this one right here. Click it and open. Because I already have a project open, it's going to ask me if I want to save that project. In this case, I don't care, so I'll say, "no." But then, because it's a backup file, it's going to ask me to convert it. In order to use that, you have to say, "yes." And then select a new project name. I'll call mine test in a new location. I'll browse for that, and I'll go back to my basics folder here and just save it there. Click create projects. It creates a brand new project using that backup data. And then you're free to work on that as you were with any other project. It's a very nice feature: backups.
- Setting up a Silhouette project
- Working with nodes, objects, layers, and mattes
- Keying a green screen
- Point tracking
- Applying tracking data
- Tracking masks
- Animating transforms
- Warping images and time
- Color grading and color matching