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    Can anyone help implement a similar Overlay in PowerDirector 12? I want to try to implement the splitscreen for future videos but I do not know how to do it just like this gentleman has done.
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    Its very simple. Layer compositing.

    Each graphic section is a layer. Or you might call it multitrack. Then you flatten it. Once you build the template, you can swap out the media at will.

    If you're serious about this, I can go into more detail, and break it down for you. You only have to build this template once. That's not a simple split screen, its more of an integration of various elements (sources).

    The sample you posted tells you the layers and dimensions. Top screen, bottom screen, border, etc. (its labeled for you)

    I don't know anything about PowerDirector. I only know about multi-track compositing.
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    Can you elaborate on it, please?
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    Think about how you would do this with paper & transparencies. That's how you lay them out in the timeline (vertically), like the layers of paper on top of each other.

    Don't know if PD can do this. But, IIWY, if you are at the level of needing motion graphic compositing, you should use the proper tools for it (Major NLEs, 2d+ compositors like AE, Nuke, Commotion, Motion, BluffTitler, or one of various 3D graphic apps, including Blender), NOT something pedestrian consumer like PD.

    Also, you can take some lessons by first attempting this with still graphics in Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, etc.

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    Create a selection of each element and make a note of the pixel dimensions. Actually, I just notice the pixel dimensions are right there onscreen too.
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    Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    Think about how you would do this with paper & transparencies. That's how you lay them out in the timeline (vertically), like the layers of paper on top of each other.

    Don't know if PD can do this. But, IIWY, if you are at the level of needing motion graphic compositing, you should use the proper tools for it (Major NLEs, 2d+ compositors like AE, Nuke, Commotion, Motion, BluffTitler, or one of various 3D graphic apps, including Blender), NOT something pedestrian consumer like PD.

    Also, you can take some lessons by first attempting this with still graphics in Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, etc.

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    It has been awhile since I used those programs but I guess it isn't (re)learn those programs. Now the only thing I need to do is record the video and edit the screens using those programs. I may need to go to a video editing class for this.

    Create a selection of each element and make a note of the pixel dimensions. Actually, I just notice the pixel dimensions are right there onscreen too.
    Now to figure out how to do that in PowerDirector or find a program that will allow me to do that.

    Edit: I have a program called PhotoDirector 5, does that help as well?
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    PhotoDirector5? Nah, I would highly doubt it.

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    You need multitrack compositing capability.

    The technicalities are easy to grasp. Just imagine 5 layers of video floating separately while editing, then flattened into one.

    Its also called "card animation". It.s 2.5D not 3D.

    You're gonna need to get your brain wrapped around this concept first, then you can get lots of help.

    Oh, wait, I went off on a tangent. You just want to display multiple videos. You still need basic compositing software.
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