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Can you draw? Simple things like a smiley, sun, moon, star, mountain -- like children's drawing? Can you draw them with a mouse? If you answered yes, great. You have unlimited potential to make your videos doubly interesting with Corel VideoStudio Pro X2. If you said "No", then I'll ask can you write your name with a mouse? If the answer is "Yes", great -- you can personlize your video in a way few people can do.
Obviously, I am talking about using Corel VideoStudio Pro X2's painting creator part. A lot of people have the software but never use the painting creator either because they cannot draw or write with the mouse at all, or they simply could not figure how to use the painting creator. If the latter is your problem, you will learn it in the next few minutes. If the former is your problem, I am going to suggest a solution.
Just look at the picture below (Screenshot #1). This is just an example of making your video unique by adding a hand-drawn picture of a doggy in the middle of a park.
An example showing a hand-drawn picture on a video clip
If you cannot draw or write with a mouse, there is a solution. Spend a little money and buy a Wacom Pressure Tablet similar to the one shown below.
Wacom Pressure Tablet
This device connects with your computer through an USB port and is fairly easy to use. It comes with its own pen or stilus as shown. You can just draw on it with the supplied pen as you would on a piece of paper. Your drawing gets into the computer and you can see the drawing on the monitor as you are drawing! Pretty cool. I do not want to make it sound it overly easy -- it does need some practice. But drawing or writing with it is a lot easier than drawing or writing with a regular mouse! Of course, if you buy it, you have to install the software first which comes with it. When I bought mine it cost me a hundred bucks. But I did not look around much. My model is actually used by professional digital artists. It has a lot of features that I never use! I discovered later that Wacom manufactures different models some of which have lesser capabilities but just fine to use with painting creator, and they cost about half of what I paid! So I thought I pass on this information to my readers and help them save some money. I bought mine from Amazon.com. You can try eBay also. I would like to mention one more point before we go to the actual tutorial. The painting creator is not available in Corel VideoStudio. You have to upgrade to the Pro version (X2 or X3) to get the painting creator.
Now let us learn how to actually use the painting creator. First bring your video clips and/or images to the timeline of Corel VideoStudio Pro X2. Select the video clip or image on which you want to draw and bring your slider on that clip at the position where you want to begin the drawing. You can choose any postion, just avoid the beginning or ending points of that clip, if you have transition effects there. See Screenshot #3 below.
Video clip selected. Slider brought to the postion where I want the
drawing to begin. Look on the timeline.
Now click on the painting creator icon shown with a red arrow on the above screenshot. Painting creator will open as shown in Screenshot #4.
Painting creator opened. Selected video clip appears on its preview window.
First, let me tell you about the various controls of the painting creator. The various drawing tools and other things you need to draw or write are located on the top part, above the preview window. See Screenshot #5 below.
Painting creator tools and other contols located above the preview window.
Corel gives you a choice of 11 different drawing/writing instruments arranged in a row on the top most part. They are, from left to right, paintbrush (selected in the above Screenshot), airbrush, crayon, charcoal, chalk, pencil, marker, oil paint, particle, drop water, and bristle.
On the left of the paintbrush (upper left corner of painting creator) is the drawing/writing instrument's width adjustor. The width can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically - ideal for those who knows calligraphy. For most others just a round point is what is needed. There are two sliders there for horizontal and vertical width adjustment. If you just want a round tip, click on the lock icon and then slide any of the sliders to make your instrument's tip either fine or thick.
In the center of the next row is the color palette. You can see a rainbow of colors there. First click on the eye-dropper icon on the right of the color palette and then bring your mouse on the color palette and click on the color you want to use. That color shows up in the small square box on the left of the color palette. On the right of the eye-dropper icon is your eraser (in case you want to erase something) and on its right are the undo and re-do buttons. On the left of the chosen color box (red in the above Screenshot #5) is a box for choosing a texture for your strokes. (Screenshot #5 shows no texture chosen.) If you click on it, a window will open up (as shown in Screenshot #6 below) showing various texture options.
Texture Option window. I have chosen Texture 08.
Click on the texture you want and then click OK. The texture option window will close and that texture will show up in your drawing.
The above are basically the main controls you need to know about to get started. There are a few other buttons that you will need to use and I am coming to those in a minute. If you ever find that you don't know what a particular button is, just hover your mouse over that button. It will tell you what it is!
Now let's start painting. The instructions in painting creator are pretty clear. To start recording, click on the big button that says "Start Recording". The button changes to "Stop Recording". Now you begin your drawing or writing. Take your time, the software is not recording how much time you are taking. It is only recording the path of your drawing. And while drawing, you can change your drawing instrument, the shape and size of their tip, texture, and color - and then keep drawing. When you are finished, click the "Stop Recording" button. Then if you want, click on the Play button on the right of the Start/Stop Recording button. You can see the playback of your animated drawing on the preview screen. If you are not satisfied with the result, just hit the "Clear the preview window" button on the extreme left of the row on which the Start/Stop Recording button is situated, and start over again. If you are happy with the result, hit the OK button on the bottom. The software starts rendering your drawing as a video file. It takes a minute or two to do the rendering. (The time required varies - it depends on the speed of your computer's processor and also on the complexity/simplicity of your drawing.) When the rendering is completed, the painting creator window will close, and the video file created by the painting creator will appear on your video library.
Take a look at the following Screenshots:
Painting creator played back my drawing.
For the purpose of illustration, I have drawn a boy's face on the bottom right corner of the video frame using different colors (I forgot to use different textures!) and I wrote my name in red on the upper left corner. On the right of the preview window is the painting creator gallery. Once you OK your creation and the painting creator renders it into a video file, it gets stored in that gallery and stays there for your future use unless you delete it (right-click on the file and choose Delete). In the above Screenshot, you can see 4 painting creator files in the gallery from the past.
Let me tell you one important thing here. Do you remember I said in a preceeding paragraph that you can take all the time you need to complete your drawing, because painting creator does not record the drawing time? By default, each painting creator file has 3 seconds durarion, but you can change it (1 second to 15 seconds). To change the duration of the painting creator file, right-click on the file in the gallery, and select change duration. Change the duration in the window that will appear and hit OK. You can also change the duration of the painting creator file by first selecting it in the gallery, then clicking on the clock icon above the gallery. Want to remove (delete) or playback an item in the gallery? First select it, then click on the appropriate button on the top of the gallery (the three buttons above the gallery are - from left to right - Playback, Delete, and Clock).
Painting creator has closed. The file created by painting creator
automatically appeared in my video library. I just dragged
the file on the overlay track where I want it.
We are pretty much done. Playback the project (not the clip) to see your creation. Your animated drawing/writing will appear on top of the selected video clip (or image) like in Screenshot #7.
Remember one thing. By default painting creator produces animated drawing/writing. If for any reason you do not want animated drawing/writing, but prefer just still drawing/writing, you can change the default. On the very bottom of painting creator screen, on the left, there are three buttons. Click on the second left button, and choose Still. Alternatively, you can right-click on the appropriate file in the painting creator gallery, and choose Still. But animated drawings are so much more fun to look at!
Now that you have learnt how to use the painting creator of Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 or X3, why don't you go ahead and add some painting creator effects in your next video project and amaze the world? At least personalize your video by signing your name. A lot of people using other applications cannot do that. So if you have Corel VideoStudio Pro X2/X3, why don't you take advantage of it?
Sorry, Windows Movie Maker users. You cannot write or draw on your videos. You need to upgrade yourself to a better video editor such as Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 (or X3).
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