4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2008 7:02 PM by lasram
lasram Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm a novice video editor. I need to produce a sports video, and I need to highlight an individual player by putting a circle, an arrow, or some other type of highlight around the individual player for a second or two. Anyone know how to do this? I know that iMovie has no such capability, but I'm hoping that someone could refer me to third-party software that could do this.

Thanks in advance!

Multiple, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,290 points)
    lasram wrote:
    .. I need to highlight an individual player by putting a circle, an arrow, or some other type of highlight around the individual player .. I know that iMovie has no such capability..


    you have two options:
    download fpr free iMHD6 and purchase a licence of Slick 6...
    it teaches iMovie exactly what you want, demo here:
    http://geethree.com/slick/galleries/s6demopages/s6hilitespotlight.html

    or..
    follow my illustrated advice on my ad-free site:
    *Alpha-channels/Masks & bugs*
    http://karsten.schluter.googlepages.com/im08tricks

    you can create a circle or even a half-transparent 'mask' to highlight the player and lay that 'over' the video..
  • theatre11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am trying to do this as well....I don't think I have photoshop elements. Is there something else I can use? Or download it somewhere? Thanks!
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,290 points)
    theatre11 wrote:
    ...I don't think I have photoshop elements. Is there something else I can use? Or download it somewhere?


    you need any paint aplication, which supports transparency..
    please do your own research, e.g. versiontracker.com, I don't know your needs, skills and wallet's size ... many apps offer a free 'trial'..
  • lasram Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Karen -- THANK YOU! I used the technique you suggested with PhotoShop, and it worked GREAT.

    To make it easy to position the circle that I created in PhotoShop, I did this:

    1) In iMovie, place the cursor (that might not be the right word to use, maybe I should say the time index?) in the place where you want to add an overlay circle. Create a still image by control-clicking. Set the length of that still image to however long you want your overlay circle to last (e.g. 1 second)
    2) Open the still image in PhotoShop.
    3) Add a layer
    4) Add an image on that layer. I used a large "0" (using the type tool) which I then filled with red color. The background layer shows you exactly where to place your image.
    5) Delete the background layer.
    6) Save the image as TIFF with a transparent background, as you suggested on your web site. Save it to "Photo Booth" folder.
    7) Find the image (the highlight) in iMovie. (It will be in the photo browser window.)
    8) Drag the image on top of the still image that you created in step 1.
    9) Now you can either move that still image (with the new overlay circle) to wherever you need it in your movie, or you can drag the overlay image on top of your original video.